grateful heart monday

A Grateful Heart (+ weeklong linkup!)

October 13, 2014
Today, I am especially grateful for my parents. On Thursday of last week, they celebrated 32 years of marriage. Thirty-two years, you guys. Can I just tell you how awesome I think that is? Like, brings tears to my eyes kind of awesome. I am so grateful for these two people and that I can call them Mom and Dad and all of what that stands for in my life.I love going through old pictures of them, especially the ones from when they were dating. I love hearing all of the stories I already know so well, like how they met (they worked at the same hospital – he was a doctor and she was a nurse), the parties they’d have with their friends, countless trips they went on together, and the incredibly romantic way my dad proposed. (He sutured her engagement ring to a sweater she opened on Christmas day, which is also her birthday.) I’ve heard all of these stories so many times but sometimes I still ask questions, pretending not to remember, so that one of them will tell the story just once more.

It’s a weird moment when you realize that your parents are actually people, and not just Mom and Dad. I remember when that happened for me – I was in college and my parents had come to visit for a football game. I brought them to a party my boyfriend at the time was having and before I knew it, they were both standing outside with my boyfriend and all of his football friends. Someone had just said something funny (if I had to guess I’d say it was my dad) and everyone was laughing hysterically, standing in a circle, drinkin’ beers and grillin’ burgers. And it was like, there stood my mom and dad – kickin’ it with the guys, and everyone was laughing at their jokes, looking at them like – of course, they’re a part of the group. And they were. And that was the first time I saw them as actual cool people. (ha) 🙂
Of course, it doesn’t just happen once, this realization. And once it happens, it will continue to happen and more frequently. The older you get, the more experiences you go through, the more you learn- the more you grow to not just love your parents, but actually really like them as people, too. Another one of these moments that stands out is a few years ago when Christian and I came home to Indiana to spend the weekend with my parents. The four of us had just eaten dinner and were getting ready to settle in for a wild night of The Big Bang Theory marathon. As we cleared the dishes and prepped for some marathon-worthy ice cream, I caught a sweet moment they had together. They didn’t even know that I’d seen what I had, but as my mom pulled out her 923874 ice cream toppings, my dad looked at her like she was the cutest and coolest person he’d ever seen. He then walked over to her and gave her a hug. And they just stood there, my dad hugging her, while my mom continued to tell him which toppings she was going to put on her ice cream. And for that moment, once again, they were more than just my parents- they were two people, a married couple, having a sweet and hilarious and endearing married couple moment. And I smiled while I thought, “These two people are awesome.”


Mom and Dad,

Thank you for vowing to choose each other thirty-two years ago, and for choosing each other every day since then – on the easy days but especially on the hard days. Thank you for being such awesome, loving, goofy, 923874 ice cream topping loving people. I am so, so grateful for your marriage and for the human beings you are. 

What are you grateful for?

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday! 

1. Link up to your Grateful Heart post, not just your blog’s homepage, and please link your post back to Ember Grey (via link or GH button) so that others can link up too! *Any posts that do not have to do with this GH topic or those that do not link back up to this blog will be deleted. 

2. If you use #gratefulheart on Twitter, tag me and I will retweet! @embergreyblog

3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
Ember Grey: Grateful Heart

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  • Happy Anniversary to your wonderful parents. I love seeing my parents have the kind of moments your parents did over the ice cream toppings…so cute!

  • Aw happy anniversary to your parents! 🙂 They are absolutely adorable. I love seeing old pictures of my parents too. So so sweet! <3

  • Lindsay

    Happy Anniversary to your mom and dad! Your mother is beautiful; you look just like her! What a great example they have set!

  • Happy Anniversary to them. I love when you post about them. I thin they become more awesome in my eyes everytime. Which makes you more awesome because you have awesome parents! I love their love, it's true and genuine and you don't see that around as much. 32 years, so happy for them!!

  • Your parents are so precious!! Happy anniversary to them! Em, thank you for this link up. Your beautiful heart and soul, and your ability to look at the positive in everything is what encouraged me to move today. Thank you!

  • Such a sweet post and Happy Anniversary to them!

  • This is awesome! I love hearing about successful marriages. Such a sweet story. Happy Monday! xo

  • Your parents sound super adorable and loving. =) Such a sweet post! I love his proposal too, how sweet is that?!

  • Such great photos of your parents!! I hope they had a wonderful time celebrating their anniversary 🙂 My parents had their 37th this year – they're all a great inspiration to the rest of us married folks! The proposal story is so sweet – what a romantic heart your dad has. And yes, seeing your parents as people and as *friends* eventually- what a weird but awesome thing!! Funny how it happens with time and then it's hard to remember your relationship before that point. (Or is that just me?) Love this post today! XO

  • Meg Henning

    seriously your parents are just the cutest!! happy anniversary to you!! your mom seriously looks like a you in her wedding photos. happy monday!! xoxo

  • Those photos are so beautiful and special. Great post! Congrats to your parents on their wonderful marriage!

  • Your parents are adorable! I love going through old photos. It's wonderful to sit and tell old stories.

  • That is wonderful! My parents just celebrated their 33rd anniversary this year and I think they get even happier the older they get. It's such a gift! I love to see them grow in their marriage and learn more about them as the days go by. I'm glad you have parents that are still so much in love! 🙂

  • Rebekah Stark

    you look so much like your mom!! so beautiful!

  • This is such a sweet post. My parents have been married for over 30 years as well. It is such a blessing.

  • Thank you! My mom is very serious about her ice cream and the toppings. How she stays as tiny as she is I'll never know.

  • Thank you, lady! They are so, so cute, I just adore them.

  • Thanks, Lindsay! 🙂 Most people say I look like her… going through her old photos is when it really hits me. I always take it as a compliment for sure!

  • YOU are so sweet, Kenji- this is the sweetest note! They are both amazing people…and you're right- 30+ years of marriage is something you don't hear/see as much anymore… I'm happy for their happiness together too 🙂

  • Kelly – this note means so much, thank you. I'm so glad we can all be there for each other, to cheer for and encourage on the hard days. You are in my thoughts and prayers! XO

  • Thank you, Brettni!

  • Lady, so do I! I'm proud of them. Happy Monday to you, too! 🙂 xo!!

  • His proposal is just the cutest, I think! My mom said he'd sutured the ring on the sweater so well that they had to cut the sweater apart to get the ring off, haha!

  • My mom said it was her most favorite anniversary yet 🙂 37 years is AMAZING. And I totally agree- it IS great inspiration! (It's not just you, by the way. It's weird to think of my mom the way I thought of her in middle school… which was very uncool) (Clearly she's one of the coolest people I've ever known now.)

  • Thank you, Meg! 🙂 I've always heard that I look like her, but in the past few years I've really started to see it for myself… probably because she was my age in her wedding pic!

  • Thank you, Katie. 🙂 xo

  • I think they're pretty adorable myself, but I'm sure I'm biased 😉

  • 38 years!! Good for them! It is very encouraging, isn't it? 🙂

  • So awesome!!! I agree- I think my parents are happier the older they get too. Surely that says something – encouragement for us young folk! 😉

  • Thank you, Bex! I was just telling someone else- she is my age in her wedding picture and while I've always heard I look like her, I can actually see it in some of her pictures. I take it as a compliment every time, for sure!

  • SUCH a blessing!! I love hearing about couples who have been together for years and years… definitely something to be celebrated.

  • THIS is so sweet! They are building a legacy in your family and that is amazing! Most people can't say they've been married that many years anymore. So thankful for your parents example. AND…your mom is gorgeous!

  • hahaha oh no!!! Well, I'm sure she didn't really mind that much once she got the ring on her finger.

  • Thanky Em for being an awesome friend :)​

  • Wow! What an accomplishment! Such a beautiful legacy.

  • I LOVE it!! And I love… love! Especially long lasting love like this.

    Thank you for sharing a little bit about your beautiful parents!

  • Sarita Persad

    Love this and the cute ice cream story as well… Hope they continue to have a beautiful life together!

  • Been a while since I last participated in GHM.

    Wow, your mom's wedding gown looks so modern yet timeless. I mean, in comparison to photos I've seen of poofy-sleeved gowns and brides with big hair from the 80s haha.

  • Oh, this makes my heart so warm! I love hearing stories about other people's parents. I love my own so much, it's great seeing someone else who feels the same way.