August 27, 2009

No More Lies!

Whew! So I've been quiet on all fronts about what I was REALLY busy doing last week, but for good reason.... well, then I just plain got busy with work. I planned a surprise anniversary party for my parents with my brother and sister-in-law. I couldn't share my plans on the Internets!! My parents got married 30 years ago, and didn't make a fuss about it. They had each been married before, and from what I've heard over the years, it was just immediate family, at my mom's house, the pastor suggested my mom drug my brother for the ceremony (hellian child that he was), and my mom wore a very simple (yet cool) light blue dress. Unimportant details I guess, but 30 years later we wanted to give them another classy yet simple backyard celebration.
The parents
Made Them Cut the Cake
These two are the reason I am here today for more than the obvious reason. Their love, patience, financial support, encouragement, (did I say patience and oh-so-generous financial support?) is why I am who I am and where I am today. They've also been a great example of what real marriage is like in a world of celebrity make-ups and break-ups - a couple that has riden the waves of ups and downs, good times and bad, and come out stronger. Thirty years after their wedding (yesterday exactly), I'm so glad we could honor them for this milestone as they prepare for the next big chapter, life without work!!
All in all we had close to 50 people, family and friends coming from all parts of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and, well, me - the rebel child - came from Illinois. Just a few highlights...
Mom's family
The Garen Family - Timer Worked!

Dad's family
Shirden Family

And our Mamaw and Papaw

The party
Pork is Yummy

The Nephew
Mmmm.. Cupcakes!

The Niece
My Angel

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