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Memorable Moments Down Wedding Day Lane

Memorable Moments Down Wedding Day Lane

On Saturday, October 13, 1956, my parents tied the knot.

Wow! Sixty years ago today.

To mark the occasion of their sixtieth wedding anniversary, hubby and I presented them with a congratulatory certificate from the Prime Minister of Canada this past Thanksgiving Sunday.


Last week, while chatting with my mom on the phone, I asked if she’d share a memorable moment of her wedding.

Mom chuckled. “Do you really want to know?”

“I wouldn’t have asked if I didn’t want to know,” I said with pen poised.

My pen barely kept up with the memories that tumbled out. (I didn’t include them all. Grin)

Mom’s Memorable Moments – The Wedding Ceremony

Dad and I were married at the Finnish Lutheran Church in Timmins, Ontario. I believe the ceremony was at one or two in the afternoon.

One memorable moment that struck me was the mural at the front of the church. It was of Jesus, knocking at a door—much like he knocks at our heart’s door.

Wedding ceremonies sure have changed. The minister didn’t even ask the guests to sit down while he performed the ceremony. I felt especially bad for my father-in-law. He was not well. He had Silicosis.

It was an unusually hot, October Saturday. It was so hot that right after the ceremony our female guests had to go home to change out of their knit dresses (which were in vogue at the time) before returning to the reception at the Airport Hotel in South Porcupine.

Mom’s Memorable Moments – The Honeymoon

After our reception, we drove to New Liskeard, Ontario. My brother, Martti, was kind enough to lend us his new 1955 Pontiac. We didn’t have much money back then.

And the only clothing I owned that was suitable to pack for our honeymoon was a sleeveless, black and white dress with a matching, patterned bolero jacket, a skirt, sweater, bobby socks and saddle shoes.


My late, uncle Martti with my mom in 1954.

Later that night, after throwing open the door of our motel room, your dad and I laughed.

Our sleeping accommodations consisted of two twin beds.

The next morning, we headed to Niagara Falls (the honeymoon capital).

Our first stop, though, was Crystal Beach. Your dad wanted to visit his cousins. That second night, his cousins kept knocking on our motel window.

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Dad’s Memorable Moments

“Mom, please ask Dad to come to the phone. I want to hear all about his memorable moments.”

Dad wouldn’t come to the phone. He was far too busy unloading the dishwasher.

So Mom relayed my dad’s profound memorable moment.

He said, “I got married.”

I heard a muffled chuckle come through the phone.

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Well, on that note I’ll end with . . .


May God grant you many more memorable moments.

“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 (NIV)

Sixty years of marriage is truly a memorable moment!


Until next time,




P.S. How long have your parents been married?



Creative Tuesdays new theme is “WET”.

So, after plunking on my thinking cap the words “a child’s tears” flooded my brain. And that’s when a sad memory surfaced.

Back in high school my art teacher made me cry (although I didn’t dare shed a tear in front of her). You see, she had the audacity to tell me I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. I suppose the “C” scrawled on my report card should’ve been a clue.


I didn’t think my drawings and paintings were too shabby. Heck, I even patted myself on the back with her yardstick.

Unfortunately, her poisonous words crushed my creative spirit, and I tossed my sketch pad aside for twenty-two years.

“Words kill, words give life, they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”

     Proverbs 18:21 (The Message)    

Perhaps, if she had chosen kind words, my artistic endeavors would have blossomed earlier.

I can’t change the past, but I can suggest that Elementary School teachers and/or Sunday School teachers hand out these notes to their students. As the students color them in, teachers could talk about the importance of choosing their words carefully.


“Gracious speech is like clover honey—

good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.”

Proverbs 16:24 (The Message)

I’d planned on adding color to my “Bee Happy, Honey Bear”, instead I got carried away playing around with the colored backgrounds and adding the encouraging words.

Parents could also cut-out and tuck these encouraging notes into their child’s lunch bag. My mom tucked hand-written notes into my lunch bag and I did that for my kids too (I wish I had done more of that though).

Like I mentioned above, I can’t change the past but I will encourage young minds to follow their dreams. So kids, keep at it, you can do it!

Next week, these four notes (and a bonus note) will be available in My Whimsical Shop.

In the meantime, to download a FREE coloring page that will encourage the child in your life to “keep at it”, just click on the image below.


Did you know coloring reduces anxiety? It also helps inspire creativity.

How do you show love to the child in your life?

Bear Hugs and Blessings,


P.S. Please visit all of the other artists over at Michael’s blog—Creative Tuesdays

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“HOW TO SHOW A CHILD THEY ARE LOVED” first appeared on www.tracycampbell.net/blog.

Did You Know It’s National Flag of Canada Day?

Did You Know It’s National Flag of Canada Day?

I admire my American neighbors’ patriotism. They express their love for their country by celebrating every chance they get. But don’t get me wrong—I love my country too! After all, today is National Flag of Canada Day. Personally, I think it should be called “Canada Flag Day.”

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What Are Good Manners?

What Are Good Manners?

“Mind your manners,” Mom always said.

My brother let loose one last burp. “Aww, Mom, we’re just having a competition.”

My brother didn’t win a manner’s contest that day, and so I wasn’t sure what to expect when four little boys wanted to visit our farm on a nippy October afternoon.

“Brace yourself!” I said to my hubby. “Here they come.”

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5 Ways to Foster Your Child’s Intrinsic Motivation

5 Ways to Foster Your Child’s Intrinsic Motivation

Newborns are born with a built-in radar system, aptly named—intrinsic motivation.

The Deliberative Mind said,

“Motivation is what moves you to go after something you want to have.” 

A few weeks ago, I held my friend’s adorable granddaughter, three-month-old, Isla.

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