Tuesday, August 10, 2010

after 50 years

This is a picture of Jeffrey's parents at their 50th anniversary party. They had just gone through the food line and were enjoying a quiet moment before everyone crowded around. I imagine he was telling her how beautiful she still is, how much he has enjoyed the past fifty years, how happy he is to be her husband. I don't really have to imagine what he was saying; I've heard him say such things many times.

Do you see it? The love on their faces? Is it as clear to you as it is to me?


Their faces don't look this contented now. I'm pretty sure they are drawn with worry and sleeplessness. Arlen took a turn for the worse yesterday. He's had another surgery, is back in ICU, and his vitals are weak. Pray for him won't you? Please pray for us all.

36 comments:

margie said...

simply a beautiful, touching photo.

Debby said...

Wow, prayers for
Arlen. He is just having such a rough time.
Sweet picture.

smith kaich jones said...

i DO see it and right now the tv is showing previews to their next segment - how to keep the passion in your marriage. perfect timing.

xoxo
Debi

Tracy said...

It's a wonderful photo! Fifty years...wow.

Tracy said...

Love... it is there, so tender... What a beautiful photo! How sorry to hear about Arlen though... Prayers flying! :o) ((HUGS))

Gayle said...

Lovely photo of a sweet moment.

I'm sending those prayers to all of you.

Suz said...

Oh yes, I see it.
What a blessing to still be
together
my pop died at 54
but she ,my mom,celebrated
anyway when her anniversary of the heart came
thanks for sharing this blessed
treasure of your life

Sarah said...

Beautiful photo and yes you can see it!
I will be thinking of Arlen. x

Derrick said...

It is so sad that their happiness is being marred by Arlen's illness, which must be a great worry for them. I send good wishes to you all, Relyn.

lakeviewer said...

That's a beautiful picture of the happy couple. Congratulations to them!

Marilyn said...

Such peaceful joy is there. I wish more to come with the healing of Arlen. At no age is it easy to see your child suffer.

Char said...

gorgeous photo

my prayers for arlen

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love the picture. My parents made it to 62 years and almost to 63. They were still so devoted. It really gives us good examples of what can be...doesn't it.

I'm so sorry to hear things aren't going well...prayers for you all.

Elle Bee said...

A lovely, tender photo. That's what life is all about, right there in that moment. I'm so sorry to hear the news of Arlen's turn for the worse. My heart is with you all.♥

Tabitha said...

They look so beautiful together and I pray my hubby and I be blessed to share 50 years together. We are at 13 so far!

Debbie said...

Oh what a beautiful picture. I will be praying.

Sweet Tea said...

Young people think they invented love. What do they know?
This photo is one of "love".
Praying God will continue to be with them through what lies ahead.

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Sending prayers to all. And wishing wellness! So much love to you, Kirsten

Jo said...

Such a beautiful photo, love shines out. I'll keep Arlen in my thoughts. x

Roban said...

This is a beautiful photograph that radiates their love for each other. I just love these marriages that last forever....

A prayer has been said....

Hugs,

maggie said...

When I look at her I see a woman with a heart so big and welcoming and a man who likes be cradled by that heart because it feeds his soul. Am I right?

Connie said...

So wonderful! Happy New School Year to You. Your students are very lucky to have you!

Kamana said...

50 years, and still in love. wow.

Deborah Carr said...

If only they knew how their love and tenderness can reach the farthest corners. Just as the love and tenderness and care of family reaches into the darkest corners of illness.

Like the love on their faces, you've expressed your love for your family on these pages, Relyn. My prayers are yours to keep.

Erin Wallace said...

Such a beautiful photo!

beth said...

ahhh sweetie...
they are a beautiful couple and again, the prayers are flying out as fast as i can get them there....

for arlen...

for all of you.

A Box of Chocolates said...

Oh Relyn sorry to hear Arlen is worse, its a worrying and sad time for you all. Thinking of you and praying he recovers

Anita said...

That is wonderful. What a lovely couple. May they be blessed with many more.

ELK said...

oh I see the sweet moment shared :: praying for Arlen today ...

Amy said...

What a beautiful photo! What in inspiration! And I'm praying ...

spread your wings said...

you captured a very tender, sweet moment. i see the love.

HKatz said...

Congratulations to them, and yes - old enduring steadfast love is a beautiful sight to behold.

And my prayers go to your brother-in-law, your family, and you.

Jeanie said...

This photo is a treasure. One of the best I've seen for all is says. A thousand words -- no, this says much more.

Hindsfeet said...

Heartfelt prayer for Arlen....Oh Lord have mercy.....Lord have mercy....

Peace, my friend...
H

Rita said...

What a beautiful picture of Dale and Ethel! 50 years and still in love, amazing!

elsa said...

oh my!!!
yes!
i love her smile! such a beautiful shot.

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