Fifty Years and Still Smiling!

I Thought I’d Be Older!

I always thought I’d be a lot older than I am (or at least than I feel!) when we’d be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. IMG_1164But surprise, surprise! We’ve gotten here a lot quicker than I ever could have expected!  The coed who caught my eye on the Asbury College campus in the fall of 1966 became my wife on this day in 1969.

We hoped that our life together would be good, but we could never have imagined how good it has been and continues to be!  It hasn’t always been easy.  We’ve had our challenges, losses or disappointments.  But we knew  back then that whatever might come our way, we were determined to go through it together.

We knew we were heading into life as a pastor and spouse, but we had no idea where that calling would take us (I’m forever grateful the road led to Florida!), the rich friendships we would make, the vitality of the churches we would serve, and the fun we would have along the way.

We planned to have children, but we had no idea how much we would enjoy them or how much energy it would take to raise two daughters who have become amazing women who brought two very good men and five joy-bringing grandchildren into our family.  We’re celebrating with them on St. Simon’s Island this weekend.

Two for the Road 

Approaching this mile-marker in our lives, I remembered a song (no surprise there!) that earned Henry Mancini a Golden Globe nomination in 1967.

If you’re feeling fancy free
Come wander through the world with me
And any place we chance to be
Will be a rendezvous

Two for the road
We’ll travel through the years
Collecting precious memories
Selecting souvenirs
And living life the way we please

In the summertime the sun will shine
In winter we will drink summer wine 
And any day that you are mine
Will be a lovely day

As long as love still wears a smile
I know that we’ll be two for the road
And that’s a long long while.

The love of Christ that drew us together half-a-century ago (Whew!) still wears a smile in our life together and we hope to keep smiling for a long, long while.



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26 thoughts on “Fifty Years and Still Smiling!

  1. Congrats Jim!


    1. Enjoyed reading your post. Congratulations to you both!

  2. Anniversary blessings, Jim and Martha!

  3. How very sweet! Happy anniversary!

  4. Congratulation and Happy Anniversary, Jim and Martha!! We miss you.

    Chris Reiner

  5. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do! Enjoy the weekend!

  6. Happiest of Anniversay celebrations Jim and Martha….beautiful words strung together like precious pearls. Just lovely.

  7. Congratulations, Jim and Martha! Steve and Jeannie

  8. Beautifully noted!!! So grateful that you two came smiling into our life. Let’s keep smiling! Love to you two on this very special day! Sandra

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  9. WOW! Happy 50th!!

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  10. Congratulations, Jim and Martha. Welcome to our 50 years of joy club.

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  11. Happy Anniversary, Jim and Martha! What a blessing for both of you and for all of us whose lives you have touched!!

  12. Happy golden wedding anniversary!

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  13. Happy Anniversary ! Continue to make many more memories !

  14. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH! Wishing you many more years of love and adventures together! So delighted to consider you friends!! Love Larry and Debbie Kirkwood

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  15. Dave and Marilyn Satre June 14, 2019 — 2:06 pm

    Congrats you two!!! Blessings!! Dave and Marilyn Satre

  16. Happy 50th Jim & Marsha! That is quite an achievement. 50 more!

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  17. Carolyn Linder June 14, 2019 — 2:58 pm

    Wishing you continued happiness as you continue your journey together. I’m so glad our paths have crossed along the way. I appreciate how special you were to my folks too.

    Sincerely ,


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    1. They were very special to us! Think of them every time I use the First Federal of DeLand ice cream scoop Bob gave us!

  18. Congratulations, Jim and Martha! 50 years is a fantastic accomplishment. Blessings and love, Flossie and Pat


  19. Congrats! You have been a blessing to so many over these years. May this be a blessed and joyous holiday/anniversary.
    Love you,

  20. Hate to let you in on this Jim, but we are that old. What I have a hard time believing is that our grandparents were this young. I remember when grandpa was 55 – and boy was he old!

    Congratulations on your anniversary. Look forward to seeing you the next time the family gathers.

    1. Somehow they always looked older than we do! 🙂

  21. Oh jim and martha your absolutely beautiful both of you. Great way to start a Monday! Fondly, sue

  22. What a handsome couple! Congratulations you two.

  23. Can it really have been that long?!
    Happy Anniversary. May God continue to guide and bless you together.

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