Monday, May 06, 2013

We are Family!

Back in 1981, a new daughter came in to our family.  Destriani Dusyanto was an AFS exchange student from Jakarta, Indonesia, who came to live with our family for her senior year of high school in Marshall MO.  She quickly became a full-fledged daughter, sister, grandchild, and friend to everyone in our life.  It was a grand year - and putting her on the plane to leave us at the end of her term was a heart-wrenching experience for all of us.  Snail-mail helped us to keep in touch, but the use of computers brought us back into closer contact.  She has been back to the USA at least the meantime, she was married to Ervan Nugroho, and they are the parents of 3 children (now young adults.)  Fast forward to 1998 - we are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary on May 23, 1998, and Ani arrives for a visit with us in Midland TX--getting to see my Dad (her Grandpa) once again, and journeying to Ft. Davis and San Antonio.

Another fast forward - on May 23, 2013, we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  We leave two weeks from tomorrow from Wimberley for Dallas, then fly to Paris, France.  Ani and Ervan will fly in from Jakarta, and we will share 48 hours with all 3 of our daughters and 3 sons-in-law in that beautiful city.  Praise the Lord!  Ani has not yet met Delvin, and we have not yet met Ervan, but we ARE FAMILY!!

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