It’s 5:30 on a cold and rainy morning. It’s Saturday, and we’re getting ready to head out to set up our booth at the farmer’s market. Unfortunately, our sweet, little, six year old, daughter Elizabeth wakes up with a cough and a runny nose. She obviously doesn’t need to spend the damp morning outside.
What to do?
For some parents, this might be a big problem. Thankfully, for my husband Joey and I, the solution is simple. We’ll just call our neighbors! Our neighbors happen to be Joey’s parents.
Of course, they tell us to bring Elizabeth right over. After seeing Elizabeth snuggled up with her grandparents in front of the crackling wood-stove, Joey and I head off to market.
Joey and I are blessed in so many ways, but one of our greatest blessings is our parents. From finding an “extra” chicken pot pie that my Mom put in our freezer, to looking up to see Joey’s Mom just “happen” to appear in the garden when it’s time to harvest vegetables, to living in the house Joey’s Dad built for us, to seeing my Dad magically turn up anytime we need him, our parents are beyond fantastic and amazing!
They are our “go to” source for advice anytime we are struggling with an issue. I always appreciate the good counsel they give. Nothing ever seems to silly or small for them to listen to.
Both sets of our parents have set amazing examples for us to follow in their devotion to staying married. Each set of parents has been married for well over 30 years. Our parents have also set the bar for us on morality, living simply, working hard, loving life, overcoming difficulties, and helping others. They are truly good people.
I am so thankful that we are blessed with their love and support. Joey and I consider it one of our greatest gifts and treasures.
I hope that one day, when I look back over my life, I will be able to say that I lived as good of a life as my parents.
Beth’s Parents Susan and Ritchie with Elizabeth
Joey’s Parents Beth and Joe (yes, we have the same names) with Elizabeth