June 20th, 1963…
50 years ago today,
two amazing people
(who I am so proud to call Mom and Dad)
stood among family and friends
exchanging their wedding vows
and the adventure of
Edward and Janet (Nan) Stewart
Telling their story won’t be about every detail,
but rather a slight overview of their journey.
They wasted no time starting their family
and before they knew it,
4 Stewart girls became their entire world.
Thinking the sisters are going to hurt me for this one
but Mom and Dad will love it
and it is their story after all.
Something very important to add
is our Grandmother came to live with us
(Mama to anyone who doesn’t already know that)
when Mom and Dad bought the family home
and to this day still live with them.
The events in the Stewart home were like so many others.
Going through the motions of daily events,
trying to make sure their girls were growing up with values and morals.
Dad would start his own business and become self-employed
with his rad shop,
and in the middle of all that,
home renovations would play a huge part to accommodate their growing family,
(which I think was Dad’s saving grace to keep busy with all those female hormones running wild )
and of course the family pets,
which also became a big reason for more home renovations
(who else puts a partition in the middle of the house with a patio door to keep the dogs from going in the living room?)
Did I mention we owned race horses too in between all of this?
Sports was another huge impact in our lives
(the good old ringette and baseball bunch)
and became a major reason for the incredible people
our family were blessed to meet and to this day still play a role in our lives.
Now don’t get me wrong,
it wasn’t all sunshine and roses.
There definitely was chaos with one male, 6 women, 2 dogs, 4 cats and 1 bathroom at one specific time.
(yes you read that correctly…One bathroom)
however we did survive and got to a point that the family unit
had now become all grown up and another chapter of the Stewart legacy would soon begin.
The family grew with them marrying off their girls
and starting families of their own
and before they knew it,
Mom and Dad would become,
Gramma and Papa!
There is an absolute sparkle in their eyes when you ask about their grandchildren
who are now pretty much all grown up themselves.
Trust me on that one!
I realize that I ran quickly through the family history
and there are a million stories of people who belong in the telling of this journey,
first and foremost, The Martin clan…our extended family
(and I better make a special mention to Auntie Vivian)
but my intention was not to share every story of happiness or heartbreak.
They’re climb wasn’t always easy.
They most definitely faced the highs and lows all couples deal with,
but the amazing thing is through it all
they are standing together today!
(okay, so it’s more a leaning thing these days)
but after 50 years together, it is safe to say,
they most definitely earned it!
In the humble beginnings when they purchased the family home,
(which they will both tell you they didn’t even have a pot to piss in back then)
they probably couldn’t even imagine 50 years later,
looking at the legacy they brought to the world.
So Mom and Dad…
As your eldest daughter and on behalf of your entire family and dear friends,
we Thank You both for 50 amazing years
good, bad and indifferent!
I thought I would share this picture of your 25th celebration we took as a family,
and soon enough we can get a 50th taken with the grand-kids as well.
(and of course Mama!)
Much love to you both
Thank You for an incredible journey Mom and Dad
What a ride!
many, many more to come!!
The easy part was falling” in love”
the successful part was staying “in like!”
Our prayers are that you both enjoy your special day!