Friday, June 12, 2009

A Golden Anniversary

Charles and Lonetta Rutherford

June 6, 1959

With parental permission in hand, the young couple set off for Texas to be married. He was 19 and she was just 15.

They were in love and wanted to be married. They didn't HAVE to. They just wanted to. They loved each other. They loved God, and they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

And so they have.

Fifty years later~ two children, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren later~ The lovely couple will celebrate with a reception they never had.

In 1959, there was no fancy wedding, no cake, no flowers, no wedding dress. Not even pictures. (The one above is about a year later) Just a simple ceremony with a vow to each other and most importantly - two vows in one to their God.

Vows they have kept.

The Sacredness of marriage is lost these days on whims, selfishness, and lust.

People like my mom and dad give value to dedication, faithfulness and purity.

I am sure they have had their rough times, but through it all they have remained side by side, in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth~ till death do they part- and I hope that is a long time from now!

Their reception is Saturday, June 13 at 2 o'clock. My mom is as nervous as a young bride. She never received all this attention and glamour when she first wed. They deserve this special time and if you are in the area, stop by to congratulate them. My sister and I are delighted to show our awesome parents off to the world- or at least our world of friends and family.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
You are two of the most amazing people!
Thanks for your Godly examples of love, faithfulness, and the sacredness of marriage.



Anonymous said...

Awh. That's so sweet Mrs. Dorinda. :] Your parents are so lucky to have you as a daughter. & I'm lucky to have you as a teacher; and your daughter as a best friend. :] I love you.


Anonymous said...


Your parents are such an inspiration to all of us.

LAURIE said...

What a beautiful tribute to your parents. They are indeed a blessing and an encouragement to so many.

Angela said...

awwwwwwwwww...what an amazing post and a blessing to read...Thanks for sharing...Happy Anniversary to this precious couple. May God be gracious to them and bless them and make His face shine upon them this day and always,,and praising going up to our Father for His faithfulness over their lives.

Joyfulsister said...

Amen!! How beautiful to see our parents celebrate a special anniversary. My parents made almost 45 years, but my Dad never got to celebrate it with my Mother he passed away!! but I know in her heart and in spirit my Dad is there with her. Thanks for sharing this post today.

Blessings Lorie

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful testimony!
We want to see pics of the couple in love...on their 50th! (If they permit you to post them).

Mike's parents just celebrated their 50th in February. It was the hardest thing for him to sit here in Mexico knowing that the family was celebrating...everyone except us was there.

But we pray for them and know they pray for us. We rejoiced nonetheless in the fact that we serve a God who is ABLE to keep a marriage solid for so many years.

Praise to the King of Love!

macymiamom said...

Those words are good. But the reality is that they are 2 of the most amazing people ever! Words can't even begin to capture that! Their faith, their love, their joy, they strength, their character... Simply amazing. I love them and hate that I can't be there today! :(


wow. This is nice.. Congratulations...

Pinoy Daddy said...

Wow! Your parents must have had a very wonderful married life to have lasted together for the past 50 Golden Years!

Happy Anniversary to them and congratulations too.