On Saturday we celebrated Earl and Arnelle Green's (Jeremy grandparents) 50th wedding anniversary. Their actual anniversary is the 28th, which is the same day as Jackson's birthday. They have 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren, all of whom were there to help them celebrate! The party took place at Plainview Church of Christ in Killen, Alabama and we all got together to help decorate on Friday night. It already looked great by the time I got there, so we made some flower arrangements and put gold bows on everything that would stand still. They brought a huge collage frame that had "Family" written on it and it had pictures of everyone in it. Jeremy's grandfather is a poet and a song writer and they brought his framed award for his most famous song "Six Days on the Road".
The party began at 2 p.m. and we got there a little early to help with last minute arrangements. Jeremy and I drove separately because he had a stop to make first, so I took the kids and we headed to the church. I had just started thinking about all that 50 years together means when "Don't Blink" comes on the radio. Needless to say I did not want to be a complete blubbering mess by the time I got there, so I put The Beatles on for Parker & we sang "Yellow Submarine" the rest of the way. Jeremy had made a CD to play in the background during the party. It had 2 versions of "Six Days on the Road", one by Dave Dudley and the more recent version by Sawyer Brown. It also had lots of Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, and the Andrews Sisters.
They had a catered buffet with all kinds of goodies, but the favorite, of course, was the chocolate fountain. All the kids were drooling over it by the time we were ready to eat. Guests poured through the doors with cards and congratulations for Earl and Arnelle. Most of the people I had never met, but it was such a good time to see everyone catch up with each other. People that knew them "way back when". When most everyone was there, Angela (Jeremy's mom) thanked everyone for coming and they presented their parents with a framed copy of the poem Kristi (their youngest daughter) had written. Earl is a very talented writer and always writes a poem to send out for their Christmas card. Kristi did an amazing job of working all the births of the kids into this poem and even including all the grandkids and great grandkids. I got a little teary eyed at thinking of all the time that has passed and all they have been through together in this life. What a blessing to have a best friend for this long! Next they gave them a scrapbook of photographs that began with their childhoods and ended at the great grandkids. This is what I have had the pleasure of working on for the past few weeks. I have had so much fun looking back at all these pictures. Seeing your grandparents as kids with their parents gives you such an interesting glimpse into their lives. Now, don't get me wrong, Arnelle is a beautiful woman, but she used to be a knock out! My favorite picture was one of her standing by a fireplace in one of those dresses like they wore in the 50's to a dance. Think Lorraine in Back to the Future. I'm talking drop dead gorgeous!
There was a wedding cake and punch of course, so Earl and Arnelle made the first cut and toasted to the next 50 years. We tried to keep a head count on guests, so I think it was around 60 by the time it was all said and done. I don't think they could have had a better time. Everything was just perfect.
Now I know everybody loves their Pawpaw, but this man has had a profound influence on Jeremy's life. They talk as often as they can and we stop by regularly. When the kids ask us about dates we use to go on, I always tell them we would go to Meme and Pawpaw's house so their dad could get a Yoo-Hoo, and it's true! Many nights in high school we would venture out and end up there just to talk. This is unbelievable to our kids who think the Yoo-Hoo's in Meme's fridge are only for them. Jeremy and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary in September. It is hard to imagine, in the midst of homework, toys, and tantrums, that we could one day be celebrating the 50th year of our marriage. I hope that God will give us that joy. What a sweet, sweet gift in this life that would be!
Meme and PawPaw with our gang (pre chocolate fountain)
Typical family photo
Earl and Arnelle cutting the cake
Yes, that's right. My kid licking the chocolate fountain. He gets it honest!