Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary Mom and Pop!

From The Old-Time Family

We were eight around the table in those happy days back then.
Eight that cleaned our plates of pot-pie [blintzes] and then passed them up again;
Eight that needed shoes and stockings, eight to wash and put to bed,
And with mighty little money in the purse, as I have said,
But with all the care we brought them, and through all the days of stress,
I never heard my father or my mother wish for less.

~ Edgar A. Guest

These are the 8 Bagdanov siblings from oldest to youngest. Kathy, Vera, Fred, Ellen, Tim, Steve, Lana and Leonard

Now here’s a funny discovery we found out from my father this past weekend. It seems all these years they’ve been celebrating the wrong day as their anniversary. My parents were both from a peasant background. They both with their families escaped out of Russia into Iran in their pre-teens. They did not have great record keeping. There are no birth certificates or wedding licenses for them. They chose a birthday when they entered the U.S.A. They knew they were both born in the Spring. They chose September 13th as a wedding date because they thought they remembered that their wedding coincided with a Jewish holiday in September. Come to find out from a date they found on the baby picture of their first daughter who died at the age of 2 that they could not have been married in September but it was probably July just after harvest in Iran. Most of their friends got married this time of year after all the work was completed. Our first sister Kathy was born in April so they know they were married well before September 13th! Yes, strange but true, after they lost their first Kathy they named their second daughter Kathy, too.

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I posted on my blog from 2007-2015 hostage and replaced them with big black and grey boxes with threats. So discouraging…as I’m slowly trying to clean up thousands of posts!

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

26 thoughts on “Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary Mom and Pop!

  1. Happy Anniversary and congratulations!

    I have told you this before but I will say it again: I do SO admire your family and the closeness you all share. May I suggest that the significance of the DATE of your parents’ anniversary pales in comparison to the significance of the testimony of their love for each other as seen through the closeness of your extended family. May God bless you all as together you make each day rich with love and family memories.

  2. God’s blessings to a wonderful couple. Ellen your family is beautiful, and they are an inspiration and example of the good things life offers.

    Thanks for sharing this joyful event.

  3. Ah, sweet words. Happy Anniversary to your Mom and Dad, and may God’s blessing continue to pour down upon their heads. I love reading about your wonderful family and witnessing the obvious joy you have together.

  4. I have never heard that there was a Kathy 1 and a Kathy 2! Amazing, Amazing, Amazing…your father and mother are loved even from a far, here in Michigan! You are very blessed to have them as your parents…..Praise God!! Give them a hug for me.


  6. Hi Ellen B.,
    Sounds like you have an interesting family history. Escaped from Russia…are your roots Jewish? If so, then you are doubly blessed. To be chosen by birth and then by adoption. Congratulations to your parents. Your home must have been filled with so much love.
    Have a great day!
    Cori G.

  7. This is a wonderful tribute to your parents. They are an exampled to all of us! Even though I’ve been married 40 years – I’m a long way behind them!

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