OUR ONLY REGRET .............

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Flag of China  , Guangdong,
Sunday, May 31, 2009

If we had one regret traveling this past year it has not been the loss of income, wealth, time, position, etc BUT that we could not be with Janice's parents (Jim & Nancy) to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary TODAY (like right now!).  We can only imagine what it would be like to be with the person you love more than anything else in the world for over 50 years!!  Because we can't be at the celebration we had a poem prepared to honour this special day. (also audio attached)

Here's to Jim and Nancy,
Mom and dad, so nifty.
On this glorious occasion,
Anniversary number fifty.

Yes, fifty years together,
So wonderful, so true.
Assuredly the best,
In everything you do.

We love you both so much,
From half a world away.
Our adventure is fantastic
But this we have to say...

Our only real regret abroad,
Is missing you both right now.
Just know we're with you in spirit,
That's the simple truth, and how!

Janice and Raymond both,
Not to mention your grandkids, four,
Sabrina, Sophia, James and Monique,
We couldn't love you more.

Janice remembers so many times,
As parents, how much fun,
You made for her in every way,
A thousand bursts of sun.

Raymond says you're swell,
In fact, you're truly great.
Because he was a kid in 10th grade,
And your darling daughter you let him date.

Nancy always made Raymond
Her wondrous apple pie.
That made it easier for Jim,
'Cause it was his favorite, too; oh my!

And when we newlyweds took off,
A world backpacking trip,
You met us over in India,
Oh, it was a pip!

Fact is, you're just the best,
Grandparents -- far and away.
For all four kids you're amazing,
What else can we say?

You shape the kids with knowledge,
Fill them up with love.
As bright as the stars in the heavens,
Dazzling as the sun above.

Our favorite times are vacations together,
Like Parksville, Lake Chelan, too.
Painting a sleeping grampie's toe nails,
Laughing through and through.

Going to the PNE,
Disneyworld and much more.
Rollercoaster rides,
And good times just galore.

Now we're looking forward,
To Hawaii, where we'll all meet.
We're absolutely convinced
That this experience won't be beat.

You're perfectionists in every way,
Epitome of organization, too.
Love is what you're all about
In all you say and do.

Mom, you are a goddess,
Dad, simply the best.
That's Jim and Nancy Partridge,
Who are up to every test.

Read, play golf and travel,
Play poker, enjoy your life.
There truly are no better ones
Than this husband and his wife.

All your kids and grandkids,
Not to mention your closest friends,
Wish you health and peace and joy,
Satisfaction with no ends.

So happy golden anniversary,
Wish we could be there.
Just know deep in our hearts,
We always love you...and we care.

Janice and Raymond
Sabrina, Sophia, James and Monique
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hamiltonfamily on

What a wonderful poem!

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