63 years of marriage.
35 years of service.
A lifetime of love.
A legacy of faith.
To say photographing this beautiful couple was an honor is a complete understatement. It was a joy, and I loved every second. Judging by their smiles and hugs at the end of our time together, I think they had fun too.
There are so many things I could share about these two. They were missionaries in Niger, Africa for 35 years. Their faith is their foundation and their cornerstone, and it is obvious. And inspiring. In order to keep their French language skills up, they read the Bible together everyday in French. They pray over an extensive list of prayer requests from missionaries and friends all over the world. They go for walks and hold hands. She journals daily and has written a book about her life. He is learning to use his new Fitbit and just started a new diet. She plays the piano. He loves to listen. They love their family and they love their God.
Here's a snippet of a conversation I had with them...
Me: Heath, what's your favorite thing about being married to her?
Heath: Her joyful demeanor. (she giggles.)
Me: Norma, what's your favorite thing about being married to him?
Norma: He's a godly man. And he has been willing to put up with me for 63 years. (he smiles.)