July 20th is a very special day to me. On this day in 1946 my grandparents were married.
Here's a photo of my Babci and Dziadziu that was taken in July 2008 at our engagement party, a week before their 62nd anniversary.
Growing up, I was in awe of their love. The way they looked lovingly into one another's eyes, chased one another around the dining room table for kisses, always held hands and generally showed love and respect for the other person, even during a disagreement, was so inspiring. I always thought while growing up that if I could find a partner even half as wonderful as either of them, I'd be very lucky. Obviously no relationship or spouse is perfect, but to me their marriage was a shining example of the gifts of family and love. I have and always will admire their devotion.
Sadly, my grandpa passed away in April 2009, the month before our wedding. I'd dreamed of sharing a wedding dance with my new hubby and my grandparents for as long as I can remember, but unfortunately life didn't work out that way.
I feel so blessed that we all got to celebrate their 62nd anniversary that summer as a family up in Maine. Lots of hugs, kisses, singing and laughs were shared that weekend for sure! Here's a photo of the lovebirds after we serenaded them with Sto Lat and a celebratory cake.
I am so lucky that I have so many wonderful memories of many years
spent with both my grandparents, and cherish the opportunity to create even more memories with my grandma! I always count my blessings when it comes to my family, but on this day in particular I am especially proud to be part of my grandparents' legacy.