A beautiful couple reenacted their wedding day on their 75th anniversary, knowing very well it may be their last. They were surrounded by family during the special day, which showed them and all those who have heard the story, true love exists and can last a lifetime.
A proud granddaughter shared how her grandparents decided to plan something sweet for their 75th wedding anniversary, acknowledging it may be their last to celebrate together.
Marriage is not easy, especially with the many scenarios that can play out through the years. However, if two people put in the work to make their marriage bloom and last decades, it’s definitely possible to experience lifelong love.
A proud granddaughter named Chelsea Dyck claims her grandparents’ love proves just that. Their love is so strong and so timeless, that even the most romantic Hollywood stories would be jealous.
Their Lasting Love Story
Chelsea’s grandparents met when her grandmother was 14 and her grandfather Jerry was 15. They met at a church dedication, which seemed fit because her grandfather was a pastor his entire life.
On the day they met, the doting wife recalls they had dinner at the church before playing a game of tag outside. She could still remember what her future husband was wearing – a sportscoat, dress pants, and a silk handkerchief in the pocket of his coat.
While playing tag, she grabbed the handkerchief, he tried to get it back, and they tussled back and forth. To this day, that handkerchief still remains in the wife’s possession. “I’ve kept it to this day, 80 years later!” she proudly said:
Getting Married as Teenagers
It took a few years before things started to get serious between the two. It was when the woman turned 18 that they began thinking about the future. They were talking about buying a home together and what life might look like when suddenly, Jerry asked for her hand in marriage.
On their wedding day, Jerry showed up in a dirty shirt and cap from logging all morning. She was angry at him for that, but after he showed up with wild roses for her, she knew she was all in.
Chelsea proudly shared that even her grandfather remembered their wedding day clearly. It was the beginning of their wonderful life together, and though it wasn’t always easy, he thanked God for always being “so good to them.”
Embracing the Mundane Days
Life is not a grand Hollywood movie as typically shown on the screen. It’s a compilation of mundane moments which make up your everyday reality. For this lovely couple, their mundane daily lives made up the most epic love story that has stood the test of time and lasted 75 years.
They share 5 daughters, 18 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren between them. It hasn’t always been easy, but when asked if their marriage was worth the struggle they went through, they’ll proudly tell you, with tears in their eyes, how worthwhile their life has been together.
To celebrate their 75th anniversary, they decided to reenact their wedding day. Chelsea shared pictures of her grandmother wearing her beautiful veil from years ago while carrying a bouquet of flowers. She walked toward her husband of 75 years, who had the biggest smile on his face wearing a black suit while in hospice.
Setting an Example to Others Seeing the special moment between her grandparents, Chelsea wanted the same for herself when the time came. “I want nothing short of the way he looks at her and smiles!” she wrote in a post. Although Jerry had been getting weak, he still made sure to dress up for the occasion. It was a special moment between him and his wife, and even their family got to see and appreciate it. Admittedly, it was extra special for their entire family, knowing they didn’t think Jerry would make it to this day. Chelsea shared:
“The love and joy in the room was palpable. You see, a few months before we didn’t think my Grandpa would make it to celebrate this day. He was put on hospice only a short time before their big celebration.”
Spending the Rest of their Days Together
Through it all, Jerry credits their lasting marriage to the fact that his wife is both loving and forgiving. Celebrating their 75th anniversary together meant a great deal to them, especially since they knew that it might be their last.
Shortly after their anniversary, Jerry fell and broke his hip. He and his wife needed to live apart, but this wasn’t how she and the rest of their family wanted him to spend the rest of his life.
So their daughters chartered a flight for both of them to live at one of their daughter’s homes. There, they not only got the care they needed but also got to spend the rest of their days together. True love truly is eternal!