On July 2, 2010 my in-laws will be celebrating 45 years of marriage. That is quite an accomplishment in this day and age. They started out married life at the age of 15 and 17. From humble beginnings they emerged victorious against the odds. Dad retired this year, so this will be a year of new beginnings and accomplishments. Marks sister and I wanted to do something special for them to mark this occassion. Due to work schedules we were unable to get our two families together for a complete family picture, so we settled on a picture of all the grandkids together, since this may be our last chance with Ashlyn graduating and moving on to college. She came up this week to go camping with us at Birch Lake, so Monday was our opportunity to do it.
Each of us had one of our children who were...less than happy about participating...even when we explained how special this was. That made it especially challenging to get an acceptable shot. Lots of scowls, closed eyes, groans (from both sides of the camera) and we walked out hoping we had at least one that was good. In one hour we took 450 pictures...and good news! We had 2 contenders....2...two...aaack. It was a bit of a blow to my newfound photography confidence.
But...I do think it is easier working with other peoples children than it is with your own at times...thats what I keep telling myself. Here is the winning shot that we are going to have blown up on canvas for them:
Congratulations mom and dad in-law. You have an awesome family.