My son in-laws parents celebrated 50 years together today as family, friends and coworkers gathered to congratulate and honor this much-loved couple. We heard the same songs that were part of their original wedding ceremony and ate a copy of the wedding cake that was part of their first special day together. I for one enjoyed looking at all the posted pictures of Paula and Jim’s family over the years.
All three of their sons have families of their own now, and each one was introduced including all the children which included new baby.
As I think about the way this couple has lived, I realize that they found ways to insert themselves into activities that contributed to causes that sought to help others. Orphans in eastern Europe, were the focus of their vacations with a purpose. Paula, who worked in a hospital, developed a mission which helps to send medical teams and supplies to areas of the world where the needs are great. Jim currently helps raise funds for a wilderness camp where needed respite and refreshment is experienced by those right here in America who are caving in under the burden of modern-day life.
But the greatest contribution they have made grew out of their love and devotion toward one another and their fidelity to the promises of their marriage. It is beautiful to see and hear from lovers who are still devoted to one another after 50 years together.
Paula and Jim are an example and proof that it is possible.
Glendale Place, Resident Manager
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