Monday, November 8, 2010

A Long Line of Love

On this date in 1975 I married the love of my life. Today, November 8, 2010 is our 35th wedding anniversary. I'm working on a blog post that will tell our love story from the beginning, but it's not done yet. I'll post it in a few days when it's written to my satisfaction. Today's post is going to be short and sweet.

Grams & Grandad on our wedding day.
We chose to be married on November 8th for a number of reasons, but mostly so it wouldn't interfere with opening weekend of deer season in South Texas. It seems our best man would not be able to make it the next weekend ... yes, seriously! (And, yes, there is definitely a story behind the crutches. I'll cover that in my love story post.)

The rest of the story is that November 8th is also my parents wedding anniversary. They were married in 1942 and stayed married for 59 years until death parted them. Today would have been their 68th anniversary.
My parents, Oran & Louise Skelton on their wedding day.

Two years ago, our son Nick and his college sweetheart, Marie, also married on November 8th. It was an amazingly beautiful wedding and Grandad and I were honored that they chose to continue the tradition of November 8th weddings.
Our son Nick and his wife Marie on their wedding day.

Every year on this day I'm reminded of a song that Michael Martin Murphey released a few years ago, A Long Line of Love. I think it's very appropriate for our family.
I bought a beautiful diamond ring. I offered it to the sweetest thing I know
And she said she would take it.
We started making some wedding plans. she looked at me and she took my hand
And said "Are you sure we can make it?"
I said, "My grand dad's still in love with my grandma.
My dad still thinks my mom's the sweetest thing he ever saw."

I come from a long line of love.
When the times get hard we don't give up.
Forever's in my heart and in my blood.

You see I come from a long line of love.

Years went by and we had a son. Now he thinks he found someone for him
And they're planning a wedding.
He called me up on the phone today just to see what I had to say to him.
Did I think he was ready?
I said what his grandfather used to say to me.
Its been handed down for ages; it runs in our family.

You come from a long line of love.
When the times get hard we don't give up.

Forever's in your heart and in your blood.
Son you come from a long line of love.
We come from a long line of love.
It's true ... we do come from a long line of love.


  1. What a beautiful tradition. All of the boys in my family have been married on August 14th. There is one more boy we will see if he can keep it up. I can't wait to hear about the crutches. What BEAUTIFUL pictures!

  2. What a great post filled with precious photos and lots of love! Happy Anniversary -- to you all!

  3. Thank you so much for stopping by on my SITS day and for leaving such a wonderful and encouraging comment. It meant so much!

    And I'm so glad you visited so that I could read about you and your family here. What a beautiful post (I have goosebumps all over). Happy anniversary to you all! I love the photographs and that November 8 weddings are a tradition in your family.