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Diary of a 50th Anniversary: June 4, 1966 to 2016

Diary of a 50th Anniversary: June 4, 1966 to 2016

May 31, 2016

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

We decided that the best 50th anniversary (June 4, 1966 to 2016)  for us would be to have time together. Here are a few of our happy memories during these past few days.

Thursday, May 26 – 16 hour drive home from Santa Fé after Lukie’s fabulous high school graduation.  And, now he is off to one of my favorite places, University of Arizona.  Here he is with his proud Mama.

Dawn Lukie UofA

We arrived home from Santa Fé to find Bo, Austin (13) and Garrett (10) fishing in the N. dam, just as the sun was setting.

Friday, May 27 –   Wyatt (20) and Lukie (18) drove through the night to surprise us, and we found them in the Prairie Parlour this morning. Dawn and family arrived just as it was getting dark, and Dawn grabbed this great photo.

Wink sign sunset


We rode 4-wheelers.


Dawn worked.

dawn worked

5 grands had good cousin time.

cousin time

First rip in new jeans.

jeans ripped

Saturday, May 28

Dawn and Bo and kids gave us treasured gifts.  Dawn and family made a beautiful book with cards/letters/photos from family and friends. Bo and family gave us of those digital frames–all loaded with rotating family/friends photos.

SundayMay 29

Lukie wrote thank you notes for all of his many wonderful graduation gifts.

Lukie thank you notes

And, Wyatt read.

wyatt reads

We ate and told stories.

we ate


The guys stared at the dam.

men dam


And, the church dogs tried to get into our photos with us.

church dogs in photo

Monday, Memorial Day, May 30

The ranch is quiet; all are on their way home except for Wyatt and Luke, who will be helping BopBop prepare for branding. I am taking off to the Hills to visit graves: my mom’s, my dad’s, Grandma Grace’s, Grandpa Dick’s (Tom in Meadowlark), Grandma Mary’s, Uncle Bob/Aunt Eva’s, Uncle Irwin/Aunt Inga, Cousin Lola, and Grammy/Grampy’s.

Garrett and Austin slept on their way back to WI.







  • Bruce Blankley

    Great way to celebrate your fiftieth Anniversary. We are mere pups at forty-three years this year. After quite a few years it is always good to involve the real legacies in any reflections. Well done Ma’am.

  • Barbara Thorp Gentry

    What a special 50th Wedding Anniversary! Congrats to all of you.

  • Nadine

    Oh, Joan & Dean, I didn’t realize it was your 50th! How joyful! So happy that you had this perfect celebration with all the important people in your life. Thanks for being a wonderful example of a loving couple and family. xoxoxoxoxox!!!

  • Ione Stiles

    Congrats Joan & Dean (late). It all sounded perfect!! My kind of celebration! 🎂🎉🏆

  • Mary Ann

    Joan…I just wrote a long, loving and funny comment which disappeared into cyberspace %#€£¥! Will call tomorrow. Xx from beautiful San Juan Island

  • LeAnn Putney

    What a lovely and fitting celebration for you and Dean with your family together! Love you both and congrats to you.

  • Pam Franklin

    A perfect 50th! So good to see your growing up grands. Jeshua is getting his PHD from Univ of WA next week. Your influence continues to flow out! Love and hugs and Congrats on 50 Years of Living and Loving!

  • Mary Kay Sandal

    Congratulations on 50 years!! May you have lots of joy for many more years too! Love and prayers!

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