Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Thanks Mom and Dad

Today is my parents' 48th wedding anniversary and my dad's 68th birthday. My parents got married on dad's birthday, probably so he wouldn't ever forget his anniversary date!

I'm sure my parents have been through their share of rocky roads, disagreements and difficult times over the last 48 years, but the choice they made to stay together has blessed me and my siblings. Mom and dad never talked about finances (or lack thereof) in front of me nor did they ever argue in front of me, although I'm sure there were many "silent nights" in our home due to their disagreements. They made sure we were at church as a family every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. If I ever thought of sleeping in on Sunday morning, daddy was quick to take away my Saturday night privileges. There were many occasions as a teenager when I would hunker down in the backseat of our 1979 green Chevrolet Impala because I was embarrassed to be seen in such a vehicle, much less be seen riding around with my parents! They did their best and in my opinion, their best WAS good enough.

More than anything, my parents made a choice to love each other. When you are young and in love, love is a gushy, feel-good feeling. After you've been married for some time, love becomes a choice---a choice to stay with the person you married even though you have great disdain for them, all because you made a promise before God on your wedding day. My parents choice to stay together, fight the good fight and work through the problems have benefited me in setting an example of how God relates to His children. Although we mess up on a daily basis, say things we should take back and do things we shouldn't, God never turns His back on us. God's love for us is the perfect correlation as to how our marriage should be.


hammer said...

Barbie I am so happy for your parents. It sounds like they really love each other or really and truly they would not be together. They are to be looked up to. I hope God continues to Bless them. It also sounds like they have made you who you are today, and for that alone God is smiling. You can live your life as they do and what better way to live a life like God and you parents.
May God Bless You and your WHOLE family. With Much Love, TB

Barbie Bassett said...

Thanks, TB. They have their faults (like all of us) but I would say God knew what He was doing when He made me their child!

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

again....thanks for continuing to post on this blog. you are a blessing to us.

jtcttt said...

I am so glad that your Mom and dad
can say that they had a happy marriage for all these years.
You are truly blessed to have your
family together. I wish mine could have been. My Mom and dad got divorced when I was 13. But that is the way it goes sometimes.....