There are two people who give the best hugs and I am spoiled enough to get hugs from these two people on a regular basis. These two people are my god parents, my Aunt Barb and Uncle Ralph.

Our Wedding

These two amazing people have blessed me more than I can ever express. They have supported me and loved me my whole life. They prayed for me before I was born, they prayed for Gray and Rory before they were born.

Almost 5 years ago they walked down the aisle in my parent’s backyard minute before I walked down the aisle. As part of our wedding we used sand to symbolize our lives coming together. But we also realized that we wouldn’t be who we are without those people who have poured their lives into us. So we asked key people in our lives to pour sand into our individual vessels as part of the ceremony. I wouldn’t be who I am without their influence. And I am so thankful for their example of marriage in my life.

Today those two amazing people are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. 50 years of choosing to love each other, to serve each other, to honor each other.

There aren’t many couples who will make it to their 50th anniversary especially those in our generation. I don’t know many couples my parent’s age who will either. Which makes me unbelievably sad, but that’s a post for another day.

Ernst-0921Today I am unbelievably thankful for the example that they have set for Brian and I. The example of laying down self for others, staying by the others side no matter what, and the amazing feeling of knowing you married the person God created for you.


Aunt Barb and Uncle Ralph,

I am so thankful for you in my life, and my children’s life. Thank you so much for the amazing example you have put forward of what marriage really is. The love you have for God and each other is a beacon to the world.

We love you so much!

Jacqueline and Brian

Grayson and Aurora

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One Response to The Best Hugs and A Thank You

  1. Kelly says:

    Aww, what great photos!

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