We married a year and a half later and the rest as they say is history. But what a wonderful history. Ned was attending the University of Houston studying Chemical Engineering. After Mike was born a year and a half later, he worked full-time and still carried a full academic load. We bought a little house, had another son, Gary. Then 16 months later, Doug joined the family. We bought a larger house. Church, family, work, children, friends, golf, cutting grass, buying groceries......the time passes with all the little pieces of life.
This was my going away outfit. Every bride had to have a special going-away outfit. Mine was a charcoal gray wool suit, with black suede shoes and bag, a dusty pink velvet hat.....a well dressed lady always wore a hat to church and for special occasions. But the best thing I had was the gray mouton coat over my shoulder....a Christmas present from Ned just a few days earlier. And of course the corsage of sweetheart roses. Ned had a good looking sport jacket, white shirt and tie. Notice the handkerchief in his breast pocket.
It was an event that marked our commitment and love for each other.....before God, family, and friends. That was 50 years ago. Sometimes it seems like yesterday and other times it seems like 50 years ago......but the commitment and love for each other is still in the moment.