35 Years

35 years ago today, my parents woke up on their wedding day. They headed to the temple and got married in a Jewish ceremony much like my own. They didn’t know what was headed their way, but they knew they loved each other.

Mom and Dad Wedding 1980

They’ve gone through a lot in those 35 years. They had a few years of marriage, then I came along. They moved to Virginia, leaving everything they knew in New York. They lost their parents, made new friends, made a new home. My three sisters came along. They’ve changed jobs, hairstyles, and changed as people.

Mom and Dad Wedding 1980

But through it all, they’ve taught me one important thing about marriage: perseverance.

Mom and Dad Wedding 1980

They’ve taught me over the years that marriage requires love, sacrifice, and sticking together. It requires choosing each other over and over again. It requires supporting your spouse unconditionally, even if you don’t always agree with them. If you have children, it requires parenting as a team, and making the best choices possible. Most of all, it requires choosing your spouse, over and over again, no matter what’s going on around you.

Mom and Dad Wedding 1980

So thanks Mom and Dad, for choosing each other. Happy Anniversary – We love you!

(Also, these photos make me happy. My parents’ professional photos were lost, but I’m so glad we have these snapshots. They’re SO 1980 and I love every bit of them. Plus, these show even more just how much I look like my mom!)


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  1. June 1, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    First off, love the new blog design! Not sure how actually “new” it is, since I usually view in mobile version though. Anyway, 35 years! How inspiring! What great role models to look up to!
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    • Jess
      June 1, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you! It actually is new, as of Thursday! And they are. It’s not always easy, but they have made it so far!

  2. June 1, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    This is so sweet! Love the pics and how 80’s they are, lol! My parents wedding pics look very similar to this and I love looking at them! Happy anniversary to your mom and dad!
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    • Jess
      June 12, 2015 / 11:57 am

      Thank you! They had a good one!

    • Jess
      June 12, 2015 / 11:58 am