Engagement and Marriage

We started dating in the fall of 1972. The summer of 1973 we traveled to England with a Christian Rock Group on a concert tour at schools in England for their religious education classes. At night we’d have community concerts in churches or community halls. Dear’s niece Jenna was born while we were in England and we were able to meet here when we returned. We were officially engaged in September of 1973. Jenna is our oldest niece.

We had another tour in England in the summer of 1974. After being hosted by a few great English families we got to return the favor to some and show them around the Los Angeles area when they came for a visit. I have a post about our tours in England here.

Our wedding was in December of 1974.

Dear’s family upper left. Dear and me with my little maternal babushka. Lower left me and my sisters. Middle, my brothers. Lower right my parents.

Our honeymoon was a drive up the coast of California as far as San Francisco and home again.

Today is Saturday the 18th of March. Looks like our granddaughter is arriving sometime on the 20th of March, the first day of Spring. Sweet! We will keep you posted on the actual arrival time and we hope induced labor won’t go too long.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

15 thoughts on “Engagement and Marriage

  1. The love you and your husband have/had is so evident in these pictures. I am enjoying your posts about the early years very much. Praying for baby Addy and mommy. xo

  2. Oh, I love this post Ellen! You and Dear were the CUTEST couple. I had forgotten about all those ’70’s fashions; it was really fun to see your pictures. You and your husband really have been visiting England for a long time, haven’t you? That’s wonderful; I hope Hal and I get back over there someday.

    It’s wonderful that you now know the arrival date for sweet granddaughter. Blessings to all of you, Ellen!!

    XX,

    Denise

  3. I love everlasting love stories, as I too have one!Thank you for sharing yours! Congratulations on the soon arrival of your grandchild! May the Lord continue to bless and keep you and your loved ones!
    Blessings,
    Sue

  4. These travels in the Way Back Machine are so interesting. You two look like a couple of kids for sure…adorable! Oh boy howdy…the 20th sounds good.

  5. Love, love these 70’s pictures. What a great looking couple!!!. What an amazing experience to be part of a band and travel to England – so romantic! We married in 1973 so I can totally relate to the fashions and hair cuts for that time. Our wedding was a simple Friday evening affair with family, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends – wow, all we did was show up since our parents basically looked after all the details. I was part of a singing group at the time as well. How things have changed today! Can NOT wait to hear all about the birth of that much loved grandchild!!!! Praying that all will go well.

  6. I loved learning about your trips to England and also the pictures that you have included…especially the ones of your wedding. You have my prayers, as does your daughter-in-law as she delivers sweet Addy.

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