March 3, 2020
New Branfels, Texas
40th Anniversary of Love
"True love is when both people think they have the better half of the deal."
A love story worth remembering
Mom and dad, we love you and wish you both many more years of love. We cannot thank you enough for raising us and teaching us how to navigate this complex world with humility, kindness, and spunk. Thank you to the moon and back.
Love, your three children, and the rest of the fam.
Images of the memorable moments
Nathan, Michelle, Melodie, Madelyn and Ashlyn ,and Jensen.
Some old pics
A few year ago. Mama's last New Years party. What a blast.
Christine and friends at Prom.. '03.
Middle child, Christine and her twins Adrian and Anthony... Around 4 years old.
Christine's firecracker, Nora Lee. Always roaming into new adventures.
Back in the day. High School Prom.
When Nathan and wife Michelle bought their first house.
Mom and Dad with Milly and Rowan.
One of my favorites of your parents.
Nathan and his twins, Madelyn and Ashlyn, plus cousin Cash. Sometime around 2009.
Adrian and Anthony on their first trip abroad. 3 years old and loving life.
Remember when we had our first baby?
Jason and Jennifer and their three kids. Baby Milly, Cash and Rowan.
Madelyn and Ashlyn, Easter 2010
Rowan and Cash during Milly's birthday party.. 2018
These two are attached at the hip. Rowan and Cash during summer vacation in Florida.
May be the only photo of all of us together.. Last years summer trip to Palo Alto.
first grandchild from Nathan and Michelle.. Melodie.
Our teenage grandkids, Melodie, Adrian and Anthony, and Cash. All off to College within the next few years.
Nathan and Cash, all grown up
A young stud. Me and my best friends, Lawrence and Albert.
Adrian, Anthony and Cash at Confirmation..
Madelyn and Ashlyn and Jensen.. Growing up.
Remember when we had teenagers? Phew time flies.
Melody and cousins Adrian and Anthony. Cheese!
Voices and Audio
Stories of the lovebirds
It's amazing to think that my Grandma Jean had a chance to meet so many of our wonderful children. Grandma Jean has been a glue stick, a listening ear, and much more for not only me but for our three children, too. I'll never forget the day she arranged transport for her and Grandpa Tony to get to the hospital for Adrian and Anthony's birth. I still remember her yelling down the hall at Grace Seton Labor and Delivery hall, "Don't have those babes without me!"
She taught all of our children how to pick the BEST peaches, taught Adrian and Anthony how to correctly bargain at the farmers market, and taught Nora how to find out if a candle is a sparkler or trick candle. She's been an amazing blessing in our family's life, but she was your mother first. And she's created the wonderful, strong, loving, strong father.
Grandma Jean birthed dad and raised a wonderful son, husband, and father. And for that, we are forever grateful.
Cheers to her, and cheers to you, dad.
Love, Christine (and Jackson)
As we reminisce on the wonderful lessons you've taught us, we can't help but think back to this photo and the story behind it. It was sometime around 10 years ago when we all surprised you for the 30th-anniversary send-off to Hawaii.
The conversation was about how you found your favorite person in the entire world, and how you were always jealous that Grandpa Tony always has Teddy to keep him company. You mentioned the bonds you and Grandma Jannet shared, and that you remember the day you all had a chance to finish each others sentences, and how joked about having telepathy.
We hope we earn a love as great as y'alls. We hope you and Grandma Jannet both continue to love and admiration and connection. We see the results dedication and we will
Fingers crossed that we enjoy have the love you both share.
Love, your grandchildren Madelyn and Ashlyn.
p.s. pinky promise you'll visit us at University of San Diego?
If I could write about my favorite memories with you, I would spend eternity writing. You've always been suck a rockstar, a honorable homework helper, go-to guru, and a and a jane-of-all-trades. When I needed help wth my prom dress, you were there. When I freaked out about my college applications not being shipped to the correct location, you calmed me. When I needed to suddenly cook 8 dozens of bake-sale cookies, you showed up bright eyed and bushy tailed.
The list could continue on and on.
I wish Jackson and I have half the love, patience, energy, and dedication that you and dad have. You've shown me, your grateful daughter, that true love exists forever.
Congratulations on 40 years of love.
Grandma and Grandpa,
We love you! Thank you for being so nice and letting us play on the ipad when we have movie night. - Rowan
Happy love day, grandpa and grandma! - Nora
I love you papa and mama. - Milly
(on behalf of the youngest grandchildren, we love you and we wish you both many years of love and happiness!)
Love, your grandchildren Rowan, Nora , and Milly
Mom and Dad,
You both have shown such amazing displays of love, kindness, and dedication throughout our lives. Being the youngest (by a few years I might add, thanks!), I've gotten probably the best part of childhood. You both figured out many things before I arrived - which restaurants accommodated mac-n-cheese with infused meatballs, how early to start back-to-school bedtime routines, how to successfully road trip, and the inevitable solution to "but Christine/Nathan doesnt have to."
After I reached adulthood, I realized the difficulties you both faced. I am the man, husband, and father I am today because I had such loving parents to guide my standards. Because of your love, we have hope.
We wish you many more decades of laughter and connection.
Love, Jason (and Jennifer)
p.s. Not sure if y'all remember this pic from grandmas house when we stayed up all night telling stories and making forts.
Mom and Dad,
I cannot express my appreciation and admiration for you both reaching 40 years of marriage.
You love deeply, appologize often, and smile 10x more than anyone I know. Cheers to you both!
As I think about the dedication of 40 years, I think back to the time when I first brought Michelle home to meet you both, and you guys jokingly said "make sure she likes barbecue and big families." Almost 2 decades later and we've never missed a family reunion (and we still love barbeque!). Truly, we model our parenting decisions after you both. We try and teach Melodie, Madelyn, Ashlyn and Jesen the importance of manners, love, and kindnesss just as you both taught us. Now that we live in a house of 3 teens and a pre-teen, I can confidently say you guys made it look so easy! I couldn't be more thankful for the parents I was blessed with..
We wish you the best love and the best barbeque.
Love, your eldest son, Nathan (and Michelle)
Some fragments of life
The meaningful moments
Date: Feb 14, 1983
Date: Mar 3, 1990
Date: Sep 3, 1988
Date: Mar 1, 1991
Date: Mar 3, 2000
Date: May 30, 2002
Date: Mar 3, 2010
Date: Mar 3, 2020
The soundtrack of two lovebirds