Fifty Years of Blessing

This is my 11-year-old’s first publication, recently sold to Encounter Magazine. It’s in celebration of my parents’ upcoming 50th anniversary. So proud of my son and thankful for my parents’ marriage!


On July 18, 2015, Grandma and Grandpa had their 50th anniversary celebration. Although their real anniversary is December 21, we had their party at the Sanders Family Reunion since we were all there.

We all gathered on the steps of the Edgewater Plantation antebellum house while Grandma and Grandpa rode to the party facility that was shaped like a boat. They were driven up the long drive in a horse and buggy, with a sign that said, “Just married 50 years ago.” After a feast of catfish, boiled shrimp, hush puppies, and fries, we toasted their 50 years. We ended the evening with joking, laughter, and dancing.

Over the years, I’ve watched Grandpa love his wife as Christ loves the church, and I’ve seen Grandma submit to her husband as to the Lord. I plan to model my life and marriage after Grandma and Grandpa because of their faith in God and commitment to one another.