I’m staying with my parents this week in Tulsa while at ORU Board Meetings.  My parents are the most dominant reason I am who I am. They amaze me.  Their marriage of 55 years is a living example of perseverance, faith, friendship, and untiring love.  This quote captures the essence of growing old with someone you love. It could apply to marriage or friendship, and is rich and true.

“I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face,I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all. I will share your life with you, and I will love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine.”  Laurell K. Hamilton, A Lick of Frost

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Howard and Geneva Troyer, I love you Mom and Dad!

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