This past Monday was my parents 36th wedding anniversary. My dad sent out pictures and an email to all of us kids and it's something that I want preserved. So here it is. Congratulations you two for making it this long in a world where 36 years of marriage doesn't happen that often anymore. I'm proud of you guys for sticking through the hard times and loving us so much. I'm happy to have been a part of 28 of those years. I just love all of these pictures from their wedding day. I love how young they look, I love the polyester, I love the sideburns on my dad, and I love how happy and in love they look.
Here is his email: Today, March 1, 2011, is Karen and Manuel Leybas’ 36th wedding anniversary. I recall vividly the blushing young bride on this fateful day so long ago. Even though neither of us were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we were allowed to be married in the Flagstaff Stake Center because Karen’s dentist in Flagstaff, Willis McEuen, was the stake president. Willis is Scott McEuen’s cousin. Both Karen and I were interested in the church in 1975 but had not yet joined. Each person who came to the wedding for Karen assumed Manuel was the member. Each person that cane to the wedding assumed Karen was the member.
(I love this picture of my mom. I think she just looks so beautiful in it.)
The honeymoon took place at Kohl’s Ranch near Payson Arizona.
Yes, these photos are in very bad shape as they fade away with time. The one thing that has not faded away is the devotion to the marriage that these two have for each other. Many find their marriage different than most, yet it has endure incredible challenges. As this couple enters twilight years there are many adventures and challenges yet to be experience and or endured!
Thank you Karen for being my wife during these past 35 years. I love you.