Happy 18th Anniversary, Dad & Mom!

(yes, I'm "borrowing" my mothers blog today, so that you hear about this BIG event! :D shhh....lets try to get 18 comments to celebrate! :D)

Today, 18 years ago, our parents were married in a little Baptist church in Penn Yan, NY. Little did they dream that only 18 short years later.......they would be the happy parents of 3 and a 1/2 DOZEN children (figure that out!), live on a big farm, have a music ministry with their family, remodel their home twice, survive a mini flood, & go to prison together! (singing....not residing there.....:D)
I think if they would've known all that (esp. about all those naughty children they were gonna have :D) they would have been a bit overwhelmed, but thankfully God brings "everything in it's time & it's season." We children are SO thankful for the vow they made 18 years ago........the vow that has held them together through "thick n thin"....and the vow that will keep them together until the day they die. On of my most precious memories of my parents is the times they have talked with us about the importance of the wedding vow, & the commitment that marriage involves. Because of their love & faithfulness to each other, they are building a legacy of faithfulness for generations to come! We are so glad that God brought them together (all the way from IA to NY!) and that they made the decision to welcome all of the "blessings" (children) that God sent them. Because of that, we are now very blessed to be the happy children of the best parents in the world!! :D(yes, they are.....)
Happy Anniversary Daddy & Mommy! May God bless you with many more years together! We love you!!
~Chelsy, Mitchell, Allison, Carson, Joshua, Denver, Taylor, Elizabeth, & Hudson
(written by Chelsy)
"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." Matt. 19:6b
"Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." Psalm 127:1


  1. Mr and Mrs Bontrager -
    Happy wedding day to you both! You are one of the cutest couples I know and I appreciate your love for God and family.
    Thanks for the good memories we have had together in the past. You are a special part of our family's history.
    Love ya both - Nicole

  2. happy anniversary to you both! wow... eighteen years! what a blessing it is to see couples that are still in love after ten, twenty, and fifty years! thanks for the good example you are to this younger generation! you both are very special to our family!
    tiffany c.

  3. A very happy anniversary to you, Mr. & Mrs. Bontrager! The Lord has incredibly blessed your marriage commitment -- your whole family is a shining light for Jesus!

    I love that last photo -- thanks, Chelsey!

  4. Happy Anniversary!! It's wonderful to have parents who love one another. That is something to be VERY thankful for!

  5. I want to wish you both a Happy Anniversary. I found this wonderful blog, from googling large family blogs. Beautiful tribute from your children.


  6. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Bontrager! May the Lord Bless you with many more happy years.

  7. Mr and Mrs Bontrager,
    happy anniversary to you!!!
    hpoe your day was filled with fun and laughter but most of all love on your special day.
    love ya both,grace c.

  8. Mr and Mrs Bontrager,
    happy wedding day!!
    hope you had a wonderful day together!!!

  9. 3 and a half dozen children....hmmmm, could that be 9? Happy anniversary to you both!

    Chels, looks like you've got your ducks in a row;-) Great post!


  10. Ah, that is so sweet! Happy Anniversary! May God continue to richly bless your commintment to Him, and eachother. Thanks for sharing, Chelsey...it is a precious post!

  11. Happy Anniversary (very belated!!) to Mr. & Mrs. Bontrager!!

  12. Happy BELATED anniversary! Actually, I remember that special day 18, plus years ago...the bulletin board "God makes all things beautiful...in His time" (with all the pictures)...the pink & aqua colors...the creative collection for honeymoon money at the reception!..Wishing you many more good years together!! Sis Karen


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