Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Memorandum Monday - Golden Anniversary


Friday was my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, so Robbie took the day off work and we celebrated by spending the entire day with them. We arrived at their house before 10am and headed home after 10pm. Despite the fact that it meant we would be driving over 300 miles, we decided it would make the day more special if we drove (well, actually Robbie did all the driving) and all they had to do was ride and enjoy the day. [I'm sharing my favorite photos of the day with y'all, but beware . . . I have a lot of favorites!]

We picked up a corsage and boutonniere for them to wear during the day, and I had quite a time trying to get them pinned on!


Of course, a photo shoot was in order to commemorate the day, which was absolutely beautiful with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s.


Our first stop was Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse. I was thrilled that my niece Nichole was able to take a long lunch hour and join us. Mama & Daddy shared memories of their wedding day and the places they lived as a young married couple while we ate.

Robbie and I had been to the steakhouse a few times before, but this was the first time Mama & Daddy got to enjoy the three-course meal and experience all-you-can-eat churrasco (meat cooked over an open fire) served table-side.


Of course, we took a few more photos after the meal!


Next we headed to the George W. Bush Presidential Library where Mama & Daddy enjoyed seeing highlights and memorabilia from former President George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush's life and presidential years for the first time.


There's a wonderful display in the entry hall that features 20-foot-tall, 360-degree, high definition video, and I love these photos that I captured of Mama & Daddy enjoying the show.


Mama takes photos occasionally with her phone, however it's very rare that Daddy does. I believe the only one he took all day was one of Mama standing by the stuffed lion!


We all had a great time at the museum, but I think Mama & Daddy were getting a little tired, judging from this photo of them waiting for Robbie to bring the car around.


We all enjoyed a snack and soft drink on the drive back to their house, then had a little time to just rest and visit. Then Robbie drove Daddy to the car repair shop to pick up Mama's car. I had arranged with my niece that she and her hubby would bring a light dinner by and join us for the evening. It was so much FUN playing Phase 10, laughing, and telling stories (like my teenage driving stories that no one ever seems to forget!). Who knew it could take three hours to complete a game of Phase 10!


It was a great day all around!

Joining in today with Sian's Memorandum Monday meme sharing something NEW (something you did over the weekend FOR THE FIRST TIME or something you learned and DIDN'T KNOW BEFORE).

12 comments:

Helen Anne said...

Sounds like a fun and very special day. Congratulations to your parents on their anniversary

Sian said...

Oh wow! What a wonderful day you all had. Many congratulations to your parents, who are looking very good on their fifty years together I have to say :)

Have a great week Melissa

Cheri said...

How sweet of you to make their 50th so special!

Karen said...

A 50th Anniversary deserves all the special attention you and Robbie lavished on it! Congrats to your parents!

Jane said...

congratulations to them both and they look so young x

Sandra said...

Sending congratulations to them, what a wonderful day you all had.

Susanne said...

Congratulations to them both - this is just so very, very wonderful!

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a special day. Thanks for sharing.
Rinda

alexa said...

Ah, what a super experience you gave them! And you all look so happy - wonderful to have such good weather too. A real feel-good post :).

Missus Wookie said...

What a lovely day you all had - Golden Wedding is such a great milestone. Congratulations to them both.

Barbara Eads said...

What a fabulous day! I'm sure your parents were so happy with your undivided attention. What a great way to create a few more memories while learning a few more too!

Becky said...

Looks like such a wonder day. Many congratulations to them both.