Happy 50th Anniversary

By the grace of God and love of family, we made it through thick and thin, sickness and health, outside interference, and just every day life happening to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. And we are so happy we did!


50 Years of Marriage

A close friend of mine told me what her Dad always says when people ask what’s the secret to a long marriage. “Don’t leave and don’t die.” I love that quote and used it on the elevator at MD Anderson this week. Lots of laughs from strangers who may not have been experiencing a very good day.

My daughter asked me over a year ago if we wanted a party to celebrate our Golden Anniversary. I told her the best party would be all 14 of our family members together to celebrate for a few days. She offered the house she and her husband own in Park City, Utah. We had to work around everyone’s personal schedules, including my care at MD Anderson, but we were all able to get together for several days, as a family, to celebrate our lives.


All 14 of us in Park City, Utah

The weather was beautiful, the house and grounds magnificent, and there were plenty of fun activities to enjoy during the week.

On Sunday we had a great brunch at Stein Erikson’s Lodge on the terrace overlooking the mountains. Then it was on to the “Sunday Silly Shopping” event on Main Street in Park City.


Sunday Brunch

On Monday, the grandchildren loved the ropes course and Museum at Olympic Park.


Ropes Course

We gathered back at the house where Troy decorated Thompson’s one-year-old birthday cake as Fenway Park. He used little plastic baseball figures that had been on his cake as a little guy.


Fenway Park Cake

Todd arranged for us to go back downtown for pizza galore. The proprietor said, “You guys rock!”


Yummy Pizza Dinner

Then it was back to the house again to celebrate Thompson’s one-year-old birthday a few days late.


Michelle, Troy, and Thompson

We all loved getting to celebrate our California baby’s birthday. We had a little cake for his very own, but he didn’t like that icing on his fingers.


Blow out the candle.

Tuesday was a big surprise when Tommy and I woke to the living area all decorated with gold and white balloons, party decorations and pictures of all of us through the years.


Golden Anniversary Decorations

Julie, Holly, and Michelle had stayed up into the wee hours the night before pulling together all the things they had each brought for the celebration.


Julie, Holly, and Michelle

After wonderful breakfast tacos, cooked by Scott, we headed for Park City Center for rides and miniature golf.

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In the afternoon we all headed back home for a rest while the caterers cooked and set-up a gourmet dinner in the Huebner’s backyard.


Ashton Welcomes Us

During the appetizers we enjoyed 60’s-70’s music. I took the opportunity to dance with my oldest grandson, Tyler.


Dancing with Tyler

We also took family pictures to commemorate this special Golden Anniversary.


Our oldest son, Todd, his wife, Julie, Madison and Tyler

They live in Dallas. Madison will be a Sophomore at Texas A & M and Tyler a Junior at Jesuit in Dallas.


Our daughter, Holly, her husband, Scott, Lindsey, Ashton, and Sydney

Lindsey will be in the 8th grade at Seabrook Middle School. Sydney will start 6th grade at Seabrook Middle School and Ashton will be in the 3rd grade at Ed White Elementary school. They live about an hour from us in Texas.


Troy, our youngest child, Michelle, his wife, and Thompson

They live in Long Beach, California, where they own and operate Olafson Creative. We get together with them several times each year.

We feasted on a gourmet dinner of salad, vegetables, elk and trout, fresh from the area. It was all topped-off with a delicious cake and happy singing.


Our six grandchildren and us

What an indescribably blessing our family is to us. As the evening cooled outdoors, we adjourned to the game room in the lower part of the house for beautiful gifts with emotion, gratefulness and love throughout. Troy read from a framed listing of the 50 things they all love about us. We all laughed and cried throughout the presentation. I can’t help but write a few of them for you.

  1. I love that you have made me a part of your loving family.
  2. I actually do love that you made us go to church and Sunday school. I realize now the great morals and ethics we learned.
  3. I love how Grammy taught me how to create–everything from little scrapbooks to crafts to quilts to gowns.
  4. I loved the Sunday picnics and playgrounds all over Houston.
  5. I love the two of you dancing the jitterbug, knowing you’ve been dancing together since you were teenagers.
  6. I love the warmth you show each other when arriving or leaving a family event. It may be as simple as Granddaddy gently rubbing Grammy’s back to comfort her or Grammy making sure Granddaddy has everything he needs to enjoy the special event.
  7. I love our family backyard wiffle ball games.
  8. I loved sharing the birth of our three babies with you, and I loved having your help for those first few weeks.

    Moms and Daughters continue reminiscing

    Then everyone geared-up for the action-packed Shuffleboard competition. It was close, but Tyler and Julie were named the champions.

    Wednesday and Thursday we slowly began to go back to our homes. We’d had so much fun together. It was great for the older grandchildren to spend time with baby Thompson. He did not lack for attention and love.


    Backseat baby entertainers

    It was hard to say good-bye to him and his mommy and daddy. California is a long way away.


    Goodbye at airport

    But how thankful we are to have all these babies and their parents. Thank you for spending those precious days with us all together.

    Tommy and I had our own little morning celebration on Saturday, June 11, 2016, our actual wedding anniversary date. In the evening we attended a Sunday school party with many good friends.


    Our Sunday school party

    They had a cake with candles and singing to conclude the special evening. Thank you everyone.


    Happy 50th Anniversary

    May there be many more. We love you all family and friends. Life would not be the same without you. God’s blessings on you all. Judy




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22 Responses to “Happy 50th Anniversary”

  1. Nancy Penry Says:

    I’m so glad you had the opportunity to celebrate this special anniversary in a special way with your special family. Soooo special!

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  2. Debbie Williams Says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate 50 years of love.

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  3. bbquiltmaker Says:

    What a beautiful experience for you all. My husband can’t figure out why I’m crying at breakfast as I read this–so touching. Love to you and Tommy!

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  4. Teresa Duggan Says:

    What a special family you and Tommy have Judy. The love jumps out from each of these pictures and the description of each event. Thank you for sharing the fruits of such a strong family with us!

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  5. nildarcook Says:

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful family and special moments with us! Congratulations!!

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  6. D'Anne Parker Craft Says:

    Congratulations on your 50 years together!! What a beautiful loving family! Loved seeming the photos. Just think how many wonderful experiences you’ve had since I first met you 53 years ago at SWTSC, Judy. Best wishes for many more years of happiness!

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  7. Mary Nyberg Says:

    Well, Judy Kay, I can only say you are just as beautiful today as you were 50 years ago! You have always been beautiful on the outside, but your beauty inside has grown and grown and it shows through your loving family. I’m so proud to claim you as my cousin and friend. I do hope to see you again later this year. You are always on my mind….Hugs!

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  8. Theresa Plastino Says:

    Loved seeing your beautiful family. You have really made a wonderful home for your husband, children and grand kids! I know that they will have all these special memories never to forget. Congratulations to you and Tommy. Even though it has been 49 years, I think that we could just pick up where we left off. You look the same and how amazing is that! Love you guys…wish Bob were here to see your pictures. Terry Plastino

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Oh, Terry, I loved hearing from you. I think of you and Bob so often. We had such great times sharing our young lives with our first born sons. I’ve never had such a dear next door neighbor since the Plastinos. Yes, if we saw each other, we could pick-up right where we left off. Wouldn’t that be wonderful. Much love to you.


  9. pati2015 Says:

    Happy 50th!! ❤

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  10. Maureen in Portland Says:

    Congratulations! Such a wonderful celebration. Ours is in August, and we are going on our first cruise. “Don’t leave and don’t die” is great advice!

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Thanks, Maureen. Have a wonderful cruise. We have never been on a cruise either. We had one planned for our 49th, but had to cancel because of my chemo treatments. Happy 50th to you, too.


  11. Shelly Brenckman Says:

    My favorite blog of all so far!

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