This weekend my husband’s family will be celebrating his parents 70th wedding anniversary. I am excited and honored and looking forward to documenting this Sampson family historical event. Over the 26 years I have know my in-laws, I have admired their loyalty and love for one another. I have watched them over the years, how they have looked after one another, always adjusting their roles as their individual needs changed.
I have been entertained hours on end with stories about the dynamics of having 12 children and moving back and forth between NYC and North Carolina. Stories about how if they were blessed with so many children it was their job to educate them, and that they did, 4 medical doctors, 2 phd’s, numerous master degrees and all have college degrees. I witnessed how they dealt with the loss of their daughter Gwen and the pain that they endured.
They are SUPER-GRANDS, they go to every 8th grade graduation, high school, and college, many times traveling coast to coast in a matter of days. Mrs. Sampson is the traveling “baby nurse” spending a least 2 weeks with the new mom, whenever a baby is born in the family.
They are a true example of faith and what those wedding “vows” really mean, what it means to forgive, forget, love and to continually give unconditionally.
At 88 years young this 7th Day Adventist, vegan couple are still going strong, and still keeping track of all the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren birthdays, never missing a date.
I love mom and dad Sampson, and am happy to part of this large family, even with all the “big” personalities that at times can be chaotic, I would not trade them.
Well considering this is my first destination event, I better check my list and finish my packing. I will have lots a pics on Monday.