We have had a big family weekend. Yesterday my second son & my youngest brother’s oldest daughter just graduated from college, Eastern Michigan University, with Bachelor’s Degrees! Yesterday was also my parents’ 56th wedding Anniversary, providing an enduring example of love, laughter, character, perseverance, & Christian witness to us all! Today my niece, yesterday’s graduate, called to say that she & her boyfriend just got engaged! They may marry as early as August.
All of my mom’s natural descendants, 14 kids & grandkids (& 3 step grandkids) are All committed Christians! All spouses & fiances also serve the Lord. Most of the kids & grandkids made a commitment to purity & saved/are saving themselves for marriage. My mother was “conceived in sin” (as are we all) to 2 unwed teenagers & adopted as an infant by a loving couple who couldn’t have their own children & had already adopted my grandpa’s sister’s out-of-wedlock son. The Lord brought forth, protected, & preserved her life…& led her to a place of hungering & thirsting after Him, going beyond her more traditional Christian upbringing into a vibrant, prayerful, & worshipful relationship with the King of Kings! God has redeemed the time & through my mother has brought tremendous blessings to the world.
I am so incredibly thankful for the heritage of faith that has permeated my family! Thank the Lord for Godly parents, husband, & children who choose to follow The Narrow Way & Path of Peace in Christ. Thank you Jesus for this blessing that I too often take for granted.
Proverbs 31:28 New International Version (NIV)
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
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I just posted the above at Stella’s Place & the Conservative Treehouse, but wanted to save it here to Special Connections as a way to easily access this partial tribute to my mom.
April 21, 2018
56 Years Together!
William Ellsworth Stoddard &
Elaine Elizabeth Koski (born Baby Girl Bluemly)
April 21, 2018
Eastern Michigan University graduates
Brandon Emmanuel Curren &
Veronica Adelia Stoddard
The below picture is a bit cheesy, but reminds me of my own engagement Christmas 1991. I had brought my boyfriend home to Michigan for Christmas & we went for a walk on a blustery winter day. We found ourselves at a large park (where I had many happy memories) & made our way to the gazebo near the riverside. There my husband, Michael, dropped to one knee & asked for my hand in marriage. We still have an affinity for gazebos as they remind us of the beginning of our adventure together!
So this last photo is more like the fantasy version of our reality…to approximate our engagement experience add the 2 gazebo pictures together & divide by 2. Reflecting on my own engagement was inspired by my niece Veronica’s engagement today, at a local greenhouse, surrounded by family, & filled with love & joy!
Congratulations Veronica & Joel! May God guide & direct your footsteps today & always as you place your hope in Him…