Saturday, December 11, 2010

Four Brothers And Their Wives

Four brothers and their four wives.... a total of 220 years of marriage between them. Posted by Picasa

"What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories." ~ George Eliot
Four brothers grew up in the country of Southern Illinois... on a farm.
From right to left in the picture, eldest to youngest: Lewis, Loren (my dad), Jerry and John.
They married.. but not in the order of their birth.
Loren married Lorane in June, 1951.
Jerry married Orpha in June, 1956.
John married Laura Beth in October, 1956.
Lewis married Jean in May, 1957.
Between them they have 12 children and around 12 grandchildren..although I tend to lose count.
So far no great-grandchildren.
Each couple has been married for over 50 years... and as of next June, my parents will have been married for 60 years.
Between the four brothers and their wives they have 220 years of marriage under their belts!

These four brothers have a baby sister.... Mary Kathryn.
She is 14 years younger than her oldest brother and has a few years to go yet before her 50th wedding anniversary.
But she's working on it. Oh... and she adds two more children and one grandchild to the mix.

Carmi's theme this week is "family" and these handsome gentlemen and lovely ladies are part of mine.

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Carmi's Theme ~ "family"


Beverly said...

What a wonderful testimony to the institution of marriage, which are some are saying is becoming unnecessary. 

Ginny Hartzler said...

In this day and age, this is almost unbelieveable!! How wonderful!! Someone needs to throw all of them a huge party!! No, wait a minute, it looks like someone just did! They are all so beautiful!! How close do they all live to each other?

kenju said...

Isn't it a nice cooincidence that both our fathers are named Loren?

A fine-looking family you have there - salt of the earth people, I am guessing!

Karen Sather said...

A very proud and beautiful family ....and how their births led to so many other lives along the way....this is family, this is life, this is love....and all the many more lives that will be added to these eight happy people!

Sandra said...

you are so blessed to still have them all, beautiful family. my dad had 4 brothers and 2 sisters and they are all deceased, the last 2 last year. all lived in high 90's so they did well. I miss them all, this photo made me think of them. thanks for the memory

Col said...

Love this.. both the photo and the story. :)

Rambling Woods said...

Oh what a wonderful photo and I love a happy family story.... 200 years is a lot of experience....Michelle

colleen said...

Most of my mother's peers are gone. It's great to see the group here intact.