Sunday, November 25, 2007


50 years is a long time, but they did it. 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

We pulled it off without them having a clue of what was going on yesterday. The limo and their friends arrived to pick them up, and the limo driver asks my Dad when he went to the door to pick them up if they were ready, and my Dad told him NO…At this point they still thought that they were headed somewhere to eat. They headed towards the church, and were a few minutes early so the limo driver pulled off to the side of the road and told them that the limo was overheating. The driver played it up good. The driver told them that they would need to stop ahead to get a little water.

When they pulled up to the church and the driver got out and opened the door for them to get out, my Dad just sat there and did not get out for the longest time. They had to be coaxed out of the limo, and when they saw the photographer snapping pictures at them I think it hit them.

They walked into the fellowship hall and their 4 children met them at the door. There was not a dry eye in the building. My Dad said he was going to whoop his 4 children.

It was the best day ever. All of their children, their grandchildren and great grandchildren were there for the occasion.

All the hard planning paid off to see the shock and surprise on their faces when they walked in that door.




Melinda said...

How wonderful! Those photos are terrific. :) Your mom is really beautiful & your dad is handsome catch!

So glad you were able to pull off such an awesome surprise!

Some Soldier's Mom said...

Congratulations to all! You all look SOOOO happy -- especially your Dad & Mom! Great pics!

Army Wife said...

Congratulations George and Chris!!

Wow, 50 years, and no one with duct tape on. Please share the secret!

Enjoy the cruise, and Gods Blessings!!

Anonymous said...

Gave me chills! What a WONDERFUL occassion.

Congratulations on 50 years of marriage to your parents.

What a beautiful family you have Ms. Stacy!!!


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NannyKaren said...

How wonderful Congratulations to your Mom and Dad...If my husband had lived we would have been married 50 years in October.`


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