Happy Anniversary Foy and Odela

Yes, it is that day again, the one that comes every year. The one where I tell you how amazing my parents were.

The important thing I want everyone to get from these missives is how deeply these two humans loved. First and foremost they loved Jesus and lived their lives in a way that showed every person that came in their vicinity just how much they loved God.

They loved their family, first three children then an outlier. They showed that love with humor, grace and discipline.

They loved their neighbors as themselves, proving over and over how valuable to the community they were. Not in terms of political power or great wealth but with simple greatness. To be in their presence made one want to be a better person.

The things that have stayed with me are many, from the way they read the Bible out loud to each other every evening. It is still one of the most romantic things I have ever witnessed. The way they watched Wheel of Fortune together, sharing apple slices and cheese as an evening snack.

The way they kissed if one of them was leaving the house without the other. Like it would be the last time they saw each other. Because you never know what tomorrow brings.

They have been gone from this earth for many years, but their actions and words stay with me. I know they influenced others lives as well, they were extraordinary examples of how to live a daily life devoted to Christ. An example of how a couple can work together in every area of their lives.

I know they are together and I know they are celebrating in heaven every single day.

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