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Saturday, March 8, 2014

{Mom & Dad's 65th Wedding Anniversary}

As mentioned in my previous post, we did go for a very special reason to The Netherlands, this 64th trip for family and friends.
 It was my dear Parents' 65th  Wedding Anniversary!
My siblings had decorated the front door prior to an official visit by the Mayor.

Here Mom & Dad enjoy a serenade by the elderly choir 'Levensvreugd' or Life's Joy in English.
This photo I took on the day of celebration with the entire family of 51 present.
My husband Pieter is looking on, behind Mom & Dad.
Since this is such a rare occasion, my Parents did receive some Royal Mail...

From the King and Queen of The Netherlands...

Also from the King's Commissioner of the Province of Limburg...

Such an embossed seal is quite impressive!

We all together celebrated this remarkable and very rare milestone of a 65th Wedding Anniversary.

Even the day after the celebration with dinner in the restaurant, Mom & Dad had a special Mass at Church to say thanks for God's Blessings for such a long Marriage together.
My Great-Uncle Priest did bless my Parents' marriage, when he was on leave from his mission in Indonesia.

This photo above and below is taken right after Mass with Mom & Dad.


Funny that Mother and Daughter did wear the same colors...
Both in Royal Blue!

Our German Son and family did pay Mom & Dad a visit with a large basket of regional foods from the Eifel area.
Below I show you some Dutch Government statistics about the approx. 7% of marriages that will last 60 years or more, as of 2001.

 Almost 14,000 of the entire population of some 16.7 million reached 60 or more years of marriage.
Over 200 couples reached 70 years or more... so there is still hope from Mom & Dad!
Below you see that it did drop for 2010 to only 6,000 couples that reached 60 or more...
Image is from Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek
Image below is also from page 68 in Pdf from CBS

Very proud of both my Parents!
They do belong to a very rare group of couples that stayed married for 65 years together.
Quite some role models - through thick and thin...

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62 comments:

  1. how wonderful you have them both, still, and they have each other!

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      True this is a manifold blessing!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Oh Mariette you are so very blessed to have and enjoy your dearest parents together, as companions...and wow, 65 years of marriage, I mean, God is good! May HE continue to bless such a lovely couple and to make you happy because of it! Thanks for sharing.
    Big hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      Indeed we all are so blessed and let's pray this will continue for some time still. It was such a joyful day for my Parents and for all!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. that is definitely a mile stone. Very impressive the mail they received. Too many more years together.

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      A very rare milestone that is as it is only bestowed upon some 7% of the Dutch population. That mail is indeed precious and quite impressive.
      We hope indeed that they will be able to stay together for several more years.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Deaerst Mariette,
    this really is a mileston in life, 65 yeears married...WOW ......only few people mange this!
    Wonderful! and Mail from the King and Queen....wonderful! It looks like they had a wonderful wedding anniversary!
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Love and hugs and all the best for you and your family,
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Thank you! This was a true milestone in their lives. Being married for 65 years is such a rare achievement. We're mighty proud of them!
      Hugs and lovely weekend to you both.
      Mariette

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  5. Hallo Mariette,
    das ist toll!
    Nach einer so langen Zeit immer noch gesund und glücklich zusammen zu sein, ist ein sehr großes Geschenk.

    Ganz liebe Grüße!

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    1. Liebe Michaela,
      Ja es ist ein riesiges Geschen und eben mehr da die Mutter schon fast 6 Jahre Dialyse macht.
      Liebe Grüsse und schönes Wochenende.
      Mariette

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  6. Dearest Mariette ,really the reason was very special ! You had happy time with your parents and I wish to you to celebrate your 65 th wedding anniversary with your lovely Pieter ! Your must be very proud for your parents ! Have a nice day !

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    1. Dearest Olympia,
      That was a very special reason for traveling across the ocean!
      It was a happy time with lots of fond memories and we truly could thank God at Mass for keeping my Parents alive that long.
      Wish we could make that too...
      Hugs and happy weekend.
      Mariette

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  7. Liebe Mariette,

    das ist Glück.

    Sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja, Glück und Gottes Segen!
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  8. Hello Mariette, What a happy occasion for your parents and their family. Congratulations to all. What a lot of history their marriage has lasted through, and you can plainly see the love and attitude that sustains and animates them. Furthermore, in every one of your posts, we can see how you have absorbed these attributes from them.

    Many more happy and healthy years of marriage to your parents!
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Thank you for your wise words here. Yes they lived through a lot of history indeed, having met during WWII and they had to hold on because there was NOTHING at that time, nor even shortly after the war. They had a great attitude and worked hard all their lives, together with prayer. To me they have been true role models in every way for teaching us great morals!
      Let's hope that God will grant them more happy and healthy years together, regardless Mom's dialysis which she so couragously handles.
      Happy weekend to you!
      Mariette

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  9. Dat was een mooie gelegenheid! Je ouders zien er allebei erg goed uit. Kom je uit Limburg? Ik wel, uit Geleen.
    Groetjes, Ada

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    1. Beste Ada,
      Jazeker, ik kom uit Horst in Limburg en mijn man uit Groessen, Gelderland... Ook niet ver weg dus en hij heeft lang in Horst gewoond ook.
      Het was een prácht gelegenheid en een hele zegen dat mijn Ouders er nog zo uit zien en dit mochten meemaken.
      Liefs en een fijn weekend.
      Mariette

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  10. Dearest Mariette,
    I hope your mum and Dad to stay together for more many years with your lovely Pieter with you!
    You with your mum of photoa are very beautiful Specially on right hand your face colours with same side you stay together for as much as your years go....
    Hugs and love to you!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      That is also our wish they are granted more time together still and I together with my Pieter!
      It was such a coincidence that we both wore royal blue that day... Nice memories from our time together in Church to thank God for so many blessings.
      Hugs to you and happy weekend.
      Mariette

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  11. Wat een feest met zelfs koninklijke gelukwensen! Wat bijzonder allemaal.Jullie hebben allebei inderdaad de koninklijke kleur van Maxima en de prinsesjes aangetrokken! Beter dan oranje! Wij zijn nog niet zo ver al vind ik 43 ook al heel wat :)

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Een heel bijzondere tijd voor mijn Ouders. Dit zijn de tweede koninklijke gelukwensen die ze mochten ontvangen, eerder ook al voor hun diamanten bruiloft en nu voor hun briljanten bruiloft.
      Die kleur dat was zo'n toeval! Mijn pakje wat ik wilde dragen voor die dag naar de kerk, hing bij mijn vriendin en hun waren er niet... Dus dan maar in het blauw en laat dat precies voor mijn Moeder ook de kleuren zijn geweest. Fijne herinneringen.
      Ja 43 is zeker al heel wat en met volharding en goede gezondheid komen jullie ook best zover.
      Liefs en fijn weekend.
      Mariette

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  12. Lovely photos. It must have been wonderful having all the family there at the one time.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Oh you bet that it was lovely for having the entire family together. Such an honorable day for my Parents and the several festivities around that day with royal honors.
      Hugs and happy weekend.
      Mariette

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  13. Beautiful photos and wonderful celebrations!!!
    Your parents really deserved all those honours after 65 years of marriage!
    I wish you and Pieter the same, dearest Mariette!!!!!
    Love and kisses!!!!
    Marie-Anne

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you and yes, my Parents were most deserving of such honors for such a long time in marriage!
      Wish we would live to such anniversary too!
      Hugs and love to you,
      Mariette

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  14. Dearest Mariette;
    Oh, what a celebration with GORGEOUS setting! Congratulations for both of your parents and all of your family. I was quite impressed with thee picture both you and your mother wore the same color close (royal blue). Did you chose yourself?
    I always wished my parents could have had 50th anniversary p;)

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      It was a day with a golden edge and one to never forget. Fondest memories.
      No, wearing both the same color clothes was not chosen but rather coincidentally as my suit hung at my friend's and she was not home the evening before... So I went to Mass wearing this instead and it turned out Mom too was wearing royal blue that day!
      It is the dream of every child for having their Parents reach an important milestone in life such as a golden wedding anniversary. Some couples make it that close to it and than one partner is being lost... Sad.
      Hugs and love to you with happy weekend wishes.
      Mariette

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  15. What a happy and special occasion. Happy 65th wedding anniversary to your parents! Wow only 7% of marriage last 60 years or more. You must be very proud!
    How surprising you and your mom both wore royal blue. I think that proves your special connection in the heart :-) I wish your parents many more years of happy marriage!!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      That was so very special indeed! Such blessings for all of us to have them still around.
      It was quite surprising indeed to see Mom too wear her royal blue to Mass! There surely is a deep connection in the heart; one that also erases the great physical distances between us.
      We pray for more blessed marriage time together!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Dearest Mariette, This was such a glorious occasion. I am so glad that you and Pieter were able to be there. It seems there was a grand celebration... So wonderful!! Your Mom and Dad looked so good. Your Mom's appearance belies her kidney disease. She seems to doing nicely and has such a wonderful smile.
    Have a blessed weekend, Ginger

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    1. Dearest Ginger,
      Thank you so much and it was really a glorious occasion!
      Mom and Dad both look very good considering their age and yes, Mom belies her kidney disease; she's a warrior.
      Wishing you and Bob also a lovely weekend.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. Liebe Mariette,
    es ist ein Segen, wenn man 65 Jahre beieinander ist.
    Was haben sie alles erlebt?
    Ich wünsche deinen Eltern noch eine Reihe glücklicher Jahre.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Oh ja es ist bestimmt ein Segen um so lange beieinander zu sein!
      Sie haben sehr viel erlebt und immer mit Hoffnung weiter gemacht, so ein grosses Vorbild.
      Wir beten dass sie noch glückliche Jahre zusammen haben dürfen.
      Liebe Grüsse und schönes Wochenende.
      Mariette

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  18. A momentous occasion indeed! And certainly cause for celebration. How absolutely wonderful that they were honored in such a special way. I think that it is absolutely fantastic for the country to acknowledge such an accomplishment. All the best to your mom and dad and many more blessing of health and happiness. Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Thank you for your comment and yes, it is fantastic that The Netherlands does acknowledge such accomplishment, that should be followed by more.
      We hope they will continue to be blessed and can stay together for some more time.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Dear Mariette,Happy 65th wedding anniversary to your parentsl!Lovely pictures!!How wonderful you have them both, still, and they have each other!
    Wish you a great weekend!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Oh those pictures show joy and this trip has given us fond memories forever!
      It is such a special blessing for still having them and even more so for having each other.
      Happy weekend to you.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. You have a beautiful family Mariette. Happy anniversary to your parents. WOW 65 years!

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    1. Dearest Dee,
      Thank you so much and yes, that was a big WOW!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. 65 years together is bloody amazing

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      That sure is very amazing!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  22. Maravilhoso....Feliz aniversário...
    Cumprimentos

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    1. Dearest Fernando,
      Thank you; that indeed was marvelous.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  23. Dear Mariette,

    Congratulations to your dear parents on their 65 years wedding anniversary! Such a wonderful milestone and you must have been so happy to be reunited with all your family on this such momentous occasion. You and your Mother look beautiful in your Royal blue outfits.
    Sending hugs and wishing you a lovely weekend
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Thank you so much and yes this was a very special and quite momentous occasion for being reunited with 51 family members!
      Oh, the Royal blue outfits was such a coincidence; I could hardly believe it myself.
      Hugs to you as well and happy weekend.
      Mariette

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  24. Liebe Mariette,
    was für besondere Ehrungen deine Eltern erleben durften zu ihrem 65. Hochzeitstag.
    Wirklich ein gesegnetes Paar. Nur wer sehr alt zusammen werfen darf kann es erleben. Ein Hoch auf deine Eltern. Mögen sie noch schöne Jahre miteinander verbringen dürfen.

    Liebe Grüsse
    Julia

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    1. Liebe Julia,
      Ja diese besondere Ehrungen waren sehr schön für meine Eltern um so etwas erleben zu dürfen. Die Einsegnung zur Hochzeit, 65 Jahre vorher bei meinem Grossonkel hat wirklich gehalten. Bestimmt hat er vom Himmel her noch dafür sorgen können... Wir beten dass sie noch eine Weile zusammen sein dürfen!
      Liebe Grüsse zum Wochenende,
      Mariette

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  25. Wunderbar, liebe Mariette! Das gibt es in der Tat nur noch selten heute, wo viele bei dem geringsten Anlass gleich auseinanderlaufen.Dabei muß man sich mit jedem neuen Partner auch wieder zusammenraufen, ein jahrelanger Prozess, der bei manchen gar in der 3. oder 4. Ehe mündet ...
    Meine Eltern waren auch bis zum Tode meines Vaters verheiratet und wir selbst sind auch schon wieder über 30 Jahre ein Ehepaar ;-) So vergeht die Zeit.
    Du ähnelst Deiner Mutter wirklich sehr!

    Viele liebe Grüße auch hier
    Sara

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    1. Liebe Sara,
      Es ist in der Tat wunderbar und sehr selten! Wir sind also sehr stolz dass die beiden Eltern es geschafft haben zusammen. Es ist so schade wenn eine der Eltern sterbt bevor man so einen grossen Tag erreichen kann...
      Die Zeit vergeht ganz schnell aber ich glaube nicht wir schaffen es beide um auch 65 Jahre verheiratet zu sein.
      Danke für deine Wörter!
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  26. 65 years! That is so wonderful! What a beautiful celebration. To love and be together for 65 years is an amazing thing now-a-days. Fantastic. And everyone looks so wonderful in the photos!!!
    Congratulations to your parents!
    xo Catherine

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    1. Dearest Catherine,
      Thank you very much and indeed this was a wonderful achievement.
      Happy weekend to you and stay cozy.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  27. Można tylko pogratulować tylu lat spędzonych razem i życzyć jeszcze wielu w zdrowiu. Rodzice się z pewnością cieszyli ze wspaniałej imprezy i, że zobaczyli swoich bliskich przy sobie. Pozdrawiam.
    One can only congratulate the many years spent together and wish you many more healthy. Parents will enjoy the wonderful event and that they saw their loved ones with you. Yours.

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Thank you so much and yes, one can only congratulate the endurance of two people staying together throughout so much in their lives. Quite some role models and it seems that my Great Uncle did bless their marriage in a very special way. We were so happy for being part of this celebration on the other side of the ocean!
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  28. how wonderful you have them both, i love your blog you have a new follower from Chile

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    1. Dearest Angélica,
      Thank you for your comment and for following. Indeed it is a blessing to have both Parents still alive!
      Chile is a very special country for us as we had our Church marriage near Osorno, Chile...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  29. Lieve Mariette,

    Dat het een prachtige Briljanten Huwelijksdag is geweest schittert van de foto's af!!!
    Zoveel mooie herinneringen om op terug te kijken voor je lieve ouders dat ze dit samen met al hun geliefden mochten vieren.
    Zó mooi vind ik de foto van jou samen met moeder in het blauw,jullie hadden zonder het van elkaar te weten voor die kleur gekozen lees ik in reacties,maar ik zie dat jullie beiden ook dezelfde vrolijke twinkeling in de ogen hebben.....en dat is niet toevallig,zo moeder zo dochter☺☺.

    Lieve groet,Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Dank je wel en já het was een prachtige Briljanten Huwelijksdag. We kunnen er hopelijk nog lang met de ouders samen over napraten.
      Ja, dat blauw was puur toeval maar eigenlijk best grappig ook. Moeke was ook zó voldaan na de H. Mis als dank voor hun 65ste huwelijk dat ze mogelijk ook daarom zo'n vrolijke twinkeling in de ogen had. En ik was ook blij dat we er samen mét hun waren; mooi alles afgerond en daar zijn we ook speciaal voor gekomen.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  30. Van harte gefeliciteerd met het 65 jarig huwelijk van je ouders. Heerlijk voor allemaal dat jullie er ook bij konden zijn. Je moeder straalt op alle foto's.
    Wat een vreselijke tornado was er tijdens jullie afwezigheid op het thuisfront. Gelukkig is jullie huis gespaard en heeft al het werk z'n vruchten afgeworpen.
    Lieve groet,

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    1. Beste Willy,
      Ja het was heerlijk om nog eens allemaal samen te kunnen zijn en Moeder straalt inderdaad. Ze is zó blij dat ze dit heeft mogen meemaken, ondanks de dialyse.
      Ja, die tornado was wel schrikken maar gelukkig was er niks met on huis tijdens afwezigheid en de voorzieningen om het water rondom ons huis weg te houden hebben ook voortreffelijk gewerkt. Een hele opluchting!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  31. Ooohh wat speciaal...gefeliciteerd hoor met je ouders...enne... wat lijk jij ontzettend veel op je moeder!!!

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja, heel speciaal en ze mogen er beiden trots op zijn. Kennelijk ziet iedereen dat heel duidelijk dat ik op mijn Moeder lijk. Laten we het hopen dan mag ik ook oud worden.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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