It's hard to believe that my parents have been married for 54 years already, and that they've actually known each other for longer than that. They were friends since they were just children, grew up as country kids on country roads, and through all the ups and downs life can bring, have been a shining example of two people who have had each others backs, and have stuck by each other through good times and bad.

Photo by Kelly Cordes

My memories of growing up on the farm in Princeton are that of happy days; having all my Grandparents  and parents around me;  Having cats, kittens, puppies, dogs, and rabbits. Growing up near many of my Aunts and Uncles and cousins.

Learning that family work together to put hay in the barn, food on the table. You work hard and you play hard. You find the time to have fun, spend time with those you love. You keep your head up, and work hard to get somewhere in life.

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Photo by Kelly Cordes

I never saw my parents have a fight while I was growing up. Never!  There was no stress in our lives regarding whether our parents loved each other. It was obvious. They were funny...they were silly...they found ways to laugh when times were difficult.


They always made sure that my brother and I had equal amount of presents under the tree; that we had spectacular birthday parties, that we had camping trips, camping in the back yard; Trips to different states, to Disney World, experiences with activities that we were interested in; singing for me; racing for my little brother, just to name a few.

Dad and Great Grandson Kelvin

I just wanted them to know how much I appreciate the life they have given me; for their support through all the bad decisions I've made, and for being there for me when I needed to pick myself back up off the floor and start over. I love you with all my heart.

Photo by Kelly Cordes
Photo by Kelly Cordes

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