Psalm 127:3-5

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.

Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!"

Psalm 127:3-5

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"See You In The Funny Papers!"

Today my husband turns the big 5 - 0!  Fifty years ago John came into this world weighing 2 lbs. 13 oz. The doctors were not sure he would live to see another day so he was baptized by his father the day he was born.  He stayed in the ICU for close to a month and a half before going home on Christmas Eve.  In order to help him gain weight he was to be given a bottle every two hours.  His mother recalls that the only problem was that it took two hours for him to finish a bottle.  In those early years everything was tough for John.  I am told that even smiling was an effort for him.

Now fifty years later everyone who knows John knows that smiling is not an effort for him.  He has a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh.  John's favorite thing to say when saying good-bye is, "See you in the funny papers!"  He is a very happy man...

Celebrating 10 years of marriage in Arizona

Birth of Johnny

First Father's Day

Father and Son

John with his dad and brother, Steve

Birth of Carolyn

Graduation of nephew James

Fun with Dinner Club Friends

First time holding Sonya and Dusty

Father's Day 2011

Recognition of baptism for Sonya and Dusty

Recognition of Baptism with both sets of Grandparents

Our family at Snead's Farm

Celebrating John's 50th

John is a very happy man but not because of his family... not because of his friends... not because of his job... not because of the things in this world... but BECAUSE of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross in order that our sins could be forgiven.  He is happy because of knowing that someday we will live with Him forever in heaven.  John understands that only true JOY comes from knowing and believing in Jesus.  This JOY never fades!

Today, John celebrates 50 years of life in Christ.  He is a loving husband, patient father, helpful son/ son-in law, wonderful brother/ brother-in-law, fun-loving uncle, humble Godfather,  gracious friend, and a faithful son of God.  

 Thanks for all that you are and all that you do... including changing diapers at age 50!  Thanks for making me SMILE.  I am so proud to be your wife.  I love you! 


  1. Have a wonderful birthday John, The Lord save a precious baby 50 years ago so you could be come a loving faithful son,brother and husband. A loving parents to Johnny, Carolyn, Sonya, Dusty. A Godfather,a gracious friend and most of all a loving son of God. The world is a better place because of you. One day I will get to meet you and your wonderful family.Happy Birthday to you.Enjoy your special day.

  2. Happy Birthday, John. We hope you have a wonderful day.
    From all of the Lococos

  3. I just wanted to drop by and say "Hi" from After the Rainbow. If you need anything please feel free to contact me and also make sure to take advantage of the After the Rainbow group (email me if you need an invite). ATR is such a great group of families and such a wealth of experience and support!

    Rachel Whitmire
    Post-Adoption Care Coordinator
    Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry