Friday, October 22, 2010

Amazing Grace

My eldest child, daughter Femia, (named after her Italian Nona) pictured here in the middle rear line of her school class.

She was a very shy child who lacked confidence. Yet with the encouragement of a wonderful teacher, Mr Maxwell, she soon realised a talent for athletics. I believe she still holds the school record for long jump, thirty three years later. She went on to become the school athletic champion, competing at state level.

On her first evening at a new church she was watched by the young man playing the piano. They went on outings with the church youth and soon became an item.
In 1985 Femia and David married in a huge Italian wedding.

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
(1 John 4:7-8)

Standing on a platform, they cut the wedding cake together.

 “Love is not self seeking, it’s not easily angered,
 it keeps no record of wrong.”  
 (1 Corinthians 13:5 )

Time Goes By and they build a Firm Foundation in Jesus Christ. 
 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
(Hebrews 10:24)

Next month they celebrate twenty five years of marriage

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:"
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

The family that prays together stays together.
With their three children and a new son-in-law, this year.


  1. How wonderful to share your beautiful photographs of your family. Your daughter is gorgeous! I loved those photos. Thank you Crystal Mary.
    Big Hugs
    June xx

  2. What a lovely family, Crystal! You must be so very proud of them.

  3. ...wonderful and lovely... i enjoyed them... thank you for sharing those photos with us...

    GOD bless!!!:)


  4. Beautiful family and testimony of God's amazing grace. Thanks for sharing!

    I posted a link in my blog-post today of another story of God's grace--a man from your country who watches. If you care to read:

    Blessings to you, and a happy Friday!

  5. great photos and story about your daughter. it's good to hear of marriages that are long in years. rose

  6. What a gorgeous lady your daughter is and she and her husband make a beautiful couple. Their family is beautiful as well. This is a wonderful post. I enjoyed it very much. May God continue to bless their marriage and family. Hugs

  7. A beautiful family indeed. It is a wonderful feeling to watch those kiddos grow up and have a blessed life. Yes Love is the answer. So sad it takes many of us a long time to realize that. Blessings

  8. What a cute couple - happy anniversary to them.


  9. Oh my goodness, they are incredibly beautiful--congratulations to them for this milestone of an accomplishment--not easy in today's world! God bless all of you.

  10. Jine, Sr Anne Marie, Window Lad, Melissa, Rose, Mumsy, Peggy, Sandie, Dianne,
    God bless you all. Love having you visit. xxx

  11. What wonderful photos of your daughter at school then with her husband and finally with their children; a lovely series. And what a wedding cake! This is a beautiful post.

  12. Oh my gosh, what a beauty!! Those two make the most gorgeous couple and what a lovely family...They look like kids! They don't look old enough to be married all that time--wow, lucky them!!!

    Have a fabulous weekend and thanks SO much for sharing the awesome pictures!!!

  13. Crystal...I love this...and your dgt. is beautiful...and a great reminder that He works all things out for our highest good.

  14. Such a nice testimony. Love the old photos, showcasing this couple over the years. I hope they have a wonderful anniversary! Ron and I celebrated our 25th a couple of years ago.
    It was fun to bring out old photos and reminisce with family and friends.

  15. Crystal, thank you for sharing such wounderful memories. Blessings too you and your family. Lloyd

  16. What a beautiful story... thank you for sharing with us!!


  17. Awww..what a sweet couple they are...and their beautiful family!

  18. They look like such a lovely couple in the first photo and still a loving couple in the later photographs. Great post!

  19. What a wonderful example and what a beautiful daughter you have. Thank you for sharing this lovely post with us.

  20. What a blessing!You can sure tell who is the center of this marriage.
    Thank-you for this wonderful story.

  21. Congratulations to them, and to you, and may God bless you, every one!

  22. Terrific photos (and family). Thanks for letting us be a part, albeit briefly.

  23. God bless them always.

    I hope you're keeping well Crystal.


  24. Such a lovely happy post. Femia is beautiful. I gather that her husband is Italian?

    I loved looking at the pictures.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sharing your joy,

  25. What a very nice blog of loved ones in time. It is fun to follow them through the years.


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