|Mom and Dad riding camels in Egypt 2009|
As a little girl, my mot her thought one day she might become an archaeologist. Really. That and Nancy Drew. Through the years, that dream came true. Both of my parents traveled to a true dig, where they tested their mettle and came back with a new story to tell and an experience of a lifetime. Being a student of ancient history and the related field of archaeology, it was a natural fit for him, but Mom had been developing her own interest in the field of Historic Preservation. She was also a natural fit for the adventure, with her appreciation of history, no matter how distant, and its role in informing our present experience.
They were and are a match made in heaven. Because as far apart as their origins might have been-- Alabama and California-- God really did bless the broken road that led them straight to each other. And matches made in heaven are not those that keep us who we were forever. They are the one's that stretch us, and make us more of who we were meant to be.
We miss you Dad, every day. But our adventures continue and our opportunities for challenge and experience keep us busy. Thank you for loving Mom so well, while you were here among us. I thank you, Mom, for your love for, faithfulness and dedication to Dad. We mark today, 61 years, of a December celebration of two young persons who said 'I do,' forever. Love you both. Forever.