On February 14, 2015, we celebrated my mother's ninetieth birthday. She was born February 4, 1925. It was fitting that the celebration took place at Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall because that's where she and my father attended church for many years, and Mom still does. It was also Valentine's Day, a perfect day to share love with family and friends. The day turned out to be blessed with beautiful weather - a great day for other 80 and 90 year olds to get out and celebrate with Mathilde.
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Remembering my mama and daddy's wedding anniversary...
February 26, 1949
Ernst Lindig and Mathilde Clara Rode were married at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Doss, Texas.
The reception was held at the home of Seth and Selma Rode, Mathilde's parents.
The happy couple!
My mother still has her wedding dress. We used it as part of the décor at Mom and Dad's 45th wedding anniversary party. For the record, I tried it on before my wedding, but it was a little too tattered to wear, a little heavy for a July 24th wedding date, and a little too long for a shortie like me. Thus, I made my own dress out of white eyelet and lace. I copied a dress that I saw in Bride's magazine. It was perfect for my style and for the 101 degree temp on my wedding day.
These pictures were taken in front of the church.
Wedding party, left to right:
Ruth Rode Uesner, Emilie Lindig Hansen, Ida Honig Rode,
Mathilde and Ernst
Werner Lindig, Rupert Rode, Herbert Immel
Mathilde just turned 89 on February 4th. Ernst was a humble man who lived a long and good life until he went to his heavenly home on October 29, 2004. Ernst and Mathilde's faith and trust in God carried their family through many difficult and joyful times. Every evening, Ernst faithfully read scriptures from the Holy Bible to his family and we prayed the Lord's Prayer together. It was a way of life that laid the foundation for a relationship with God and respect for people. Mathilde is a great cook. She has always been interested in tasty recipes and wonderful desserts. She also loves people, genealogy and her family. If you want to know what's going on in the world, just ask Mathilde. I am thankful for my parents, the life they gave me, and the values they taught me.
A couple of years ago I was ready to cut out the flowering quince bushes growing on the southeast corner of our house. We had planted them shortly after we moved into the house in 1982. I had never seen them bloom more that a handful of blossoms and decided that we should plant something there with a little more beauty. After all, in 2010 we had surrounded the area with a garden fence in hopes of having fresh veggies to eat and flowers to make our yard a little prettier. In early February of 2012, I went out to the garden to check on something and found that our flowering quince had outdone itself. It was absolutely gorgeous, so I blogged about it at http://joansjoys.blogspot.com/2012/02/flowering-quince-redeemed.html
This year we've had numerous nights and days of below freezing weather, so the multitudes of blossoms are a little later than the two previous years, but there are lots of blossoms in spite of the crazy weather. The color seems to be deep pink rather than coral, and some of the petal edges have the look of frost bite. So, once again, I had to document the amazing, prolific and persistent flowering quince! You know they were attractive because bees were buzzing everywhere..
I think these were early blossoms bitten by frost:
Well, the wedding has come and gone, and our house is still full of wedding aftermath - in a good way. A lot of time and energy was spent figuring out how to embellish and use what we had. And now it's time to figure out how to use what we have embellished.
But for now, I want to recap how it all turned out at the big event!