From high school sweethearts to a long-lasting marriage: a love story of George and Norma strait

Falling in love is amazing, but staying in a marriage for long is even better. It requires a lot of efforts and commitment.

George and Norma Strait have managed their relationship quite well throughout their 46 years of marriage.

Once high school sweethearts
It is said that when love starts out as friendship, it is the most beautiful of all, and this holds true for George and Norma. The two grew up together in the same town before they started their relationship.

We knew each other forever, growing up in a small town, … I never really even thought anything about her, but then one day I asked her out and we went on a date. We didn’t see each other for a long time after that. Then one day, I thought, ‘I’m missing the boat here,’ and we started dating again.

Then they became lovers
The pair moved to Mexico in 1971. There, they got married before George started his army service. George caught a breakthrough in his music career with the 1982 single ‘Fool Hearted Memory’ from the album ‘Strait From the Heart’.

The couple had two kids Jennifer Lynn Strait and George Bubba Strait Jr.

46 years of marriage
Though their marriage hasn’t been a walk in the park, they have stood by each other through tough times. One of which was the loss of their daughter Jenifer in 1986 when she was just 13 years old. The couple weathered that storm together, and now, they are celebrating their 46th marriage anniversary.

We love each other and we still like each other. A lot!

Just like wine that only tastes better with time, George and Norma are still very much in love even after 46 years of marriage. They now spend their time as grandparents to their two grandchildren George Strait and Louise Strait.

We wish them happier years together as they age in grace.

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Dad lets son stay at a sleepover, that night he gets a text with just one letter

In a time when cellphones were the size of cantaloupes and reserved only for the wealthy, the only way to get in contact with your friends was through a dial-up internet connection where you logged onto MSN. And even before then, the only way of knowing where people were was based on the number of bikes strewn across the front lawn. But nowadays, with cell phones becoming increasingly smaller in chip size (but bigger in screen size) we can contact anyone anywhere at anytime.

But there are times when we need to call (I mean text) mom or dad to let them know what’s going on.

Here is a secret yet efficient code that a son used in a time of emergency to contact his dad.

Bert Fulks is not only a father but he is a minister as well. He deals with kids and teens for at least an hour every week where he holds talks and information sessions.

His program is not merely for motivational purposes, or the typical “stay away from drugs and alcohol” talk. It’s a program for teen drug addicts struggling or going through rehab.

When he asked a group of teens if they have ever been in a situation where they felt uncomfortable but had to stay due to social pressure, all of them raised their hands.

And that’s the case with all teens, whether it’s drugs, sex, or alcohol, there’s been times where we have done things, or stood by in a situation that we really didn’t want to be in.

But Bert understands, he says that peer pressure isn’t really coming from peers but it’s coming from a lack of an exit. He says that children and teens stay in uncomfortable situations simply because they have no one to call.

To teens, it’s much worse calling mom and dad for help to leave a party (that they probably shouldn’t have been at) than simply downing another shot.

And what’s worse is the incessant nagging, interrogations, and lack of privacy and freedom that is bound to happen when they call for assistance from a place they weren’t even supposed to be at in the first place.

So that’s when Bert devised the ‘X’ plan. (And he hopes that other families can implement this plan into their lifestyles as well.)

The ‘X’ plan is simple, yet effective and downright brilliant. Whenever his children are in need of help, all they need to do is text ‘X’ to mom or dad and they’ll be there.

What’s even more amazing is that there is still privacy. It is up to the child to decide whether or not they want to divulge the reason for wanting to leave. The ‘X’ is their lifeline to leaving any uncomfortable situation.

The conversation is simple, once the parent receives the ‘X’, they will call the child and tell them that something has come up. The child will then inform his friends that a family matter has come up and they need to return home.

That way they can maintain face within their social circle all the while placing themselves out of harm’s way.

Bert summarizes the plan by saying: ‘The X-plan comes with the agreement that we will pass no judgments and ask no questions (even if he is 10 miles away from where he’s supposed to be).”

Bert says that the only way for the plan to work is if the parents honor their word.

This not only builds trust, but it enhances the relationship between child and parent. Bert says this can be the difference between sharing a laugh at the dinner table versus visiting your child at a recovery center.

This is an absolutely revolutionary technique. Instead of installing GPS trackers on your child’s phone or having them turn on their ‘location’ wherever they go, why not build a strong relationship that eases the parents’ minds?

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Mother criticized for plastic surgery, fashion sense (photos)

An Australian mother and glamour model said that she is criticized on a daily basis for the way she looks.

Bella Vrondos, 33, said that she is constantly ridiculed by strangers for her breast implants and fashion sense, which is inspired by Kim Kardashian. Some have criticized that her love of clothing, lingerie, and shoes means that she does not spend money on her children.


Vrondos has been told by many other parents that she should dress more modestly, in «appropriate parental clothing.» She said, however, that there is no «right or wrong way» for a parent to look.

According to the Daily Mail, the model said that she is «viewed differently by society,» because of her appearance, adding that a stranger once advertised her as an escort on Craigslist.

«People see me and they think I’m a mean girl, there’s a lot of judgment,» Vrondos said. «I love Kim Kardashian, she’s sexy but she’s classy. I love wearing whatever she wears but I’m never distasteful, my hair and makeup are always done. Dressing up and doing my makeup makes me feel good about myself.»


Vrondos said that she was viewed differently by other mothers after getting breast implants.

«I didn’t get plastic surgery to look like a porn star but because I’ve had three kids and my body totally deformed — I did it to be happy and to feel confident with my body,» she said.

She added, «Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up your whole self being, I am trying to create awareness about that. If I wear heels to the shopping center people will look at me, because you’re expected to dress down. I love wearing skirts, dresses and high heels.»

The mother said that despite the criticism from others, her children love the way she looks and wouldn’t want her to change.

«My children love me the way I am, if I was to change my appearance then I wouldn’t be their mom — I wouldn’t be me,» she said. «My kids think that I am the best person on the planet, they look at all the other moms and they wonder why they’re not like me. My daughter Keira is exactly like me, she’s the prodigy of Bella. My kids love me for me and don’t want me to change.»

 

According to Clash Daily, after posting an image of herself with her three children on social media, she began receiving a lot of hate from strangers.

«I posted a photo on social media of me and my kids at school with their awards and the photo went viral because apparently the way I was dressed wasn’t appropriate for school,» she said. «People were commenting saying I had my boobs out and I shouldn’t have worn that dress.»

The mother said that she is sharing her story because she is tired of feeling judged by strangers and she wants to spread the message that there is no right or wrong way for parents to present themselves.

«My aim is to give everybody the same kind of confidence that I have achieved within those years of looking after myself,» she said. «When people see me, they get intimidated but when they talk to me they realize that I’m just a normal person.»

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Husband dies of als. Just 2 hours later she gets call that brings her to her knees

Tessie and John “Sly” Sylvester met when they were working at a youth soccer camp in 2001, and right away it seemed like they were a match made in heaven. The two bonded over “their love of soccer, their dedication to their families, their strong faith and their belief in giving back to the community.” Friends say the two of them could “light up a room with their smiles.”

They married and had two sons – Gus, 6, and Freddy, 5 – and lived some very happy years together.

Then came a devastating blow. John, a former professional soccer player for the Minnesota Thunder, was diagnosed with ALS.

For six years, Tessie cared for her husband as his body grew weaker. She was the sole breadwinner for the family and worked hard to take care of her family, maintaining a positive attitude through it all.

But on June 16, 2017, John looked at her and told her he knew it was going to be his last day on earth.

“John and I just kept crying and praying and he kept telling me ‘It’s going to be okay, it’s going to be okay,’” Tessie recalls.

A little while later, he was gone.

Then, as Tessie began to make funeral arrangements, she was dealt another devastating blow.

She was on the phone with the funeral director when she got a call from her doctor.

“That’s when she said, ‘It’s cancer and it doesn’t look good,’” Tessie recalled.

A routine checkup and blood work led to Tessie’s diagnosis of adenocarcinoma, a type of cancerous tumor that forms in mucus-secreting glands. It’s unclear where the cancer began, but it has metastasized to her liver and lymph nodes, meaning surgery is not an option.

Tessie was shocked when she heard the diagnosis.

“I wasn’t tired, I wasn’t sick, I wasn’t in pain,” she said.

After years of taking care of her husband and being the rock in the storm for her family, she now has a new battle to fight, but she is determined to face this one head on.

“I always thought it wasn’t fair what happened to John, but he always had such light to him,” she said. “I don’t want to say it’s not fair yet, because I’m not ready to give into it.”

Tessie is terrified of leaving her sons without their mommy or their daddy, so she plans to do everything she can to fight this cancer, starting with chemotherapy.

Tessie is self-insured and won’t be able to work while she is undergoing the treatments, so her friends have started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the family’s needs during this difficult time.

It will not be an easy battle, but Tessie knows she will have some help from above.

“I think John went when he did because he knew that I needed some protection from another place, to stay with our boys,” she said.

Will you join us in keeping this precious family in your thoughts and prayers? So Rasplove this!

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As soon as his wife sent him this picture, this marine filed for a divorce

It’s a story all military families share. No matter how much two people love each other, when a service man or woman gets deployed overseas, they have to leave their family for a few months. This can be hard on relationships. But more often than not, couples remain faithful despite the trying circumstances. The people who join the military and their family members are often people of value and faith. They cling to the power of community and the love they share with their children and partners. But bad apples get into the bunch. And that’s what happened when one Marine realized that his wife was anything but faithful to him while he was fighting for freedom and America.

Eager to see a picture of his wife, a Marine asked his friend to pay his wife a visit. And when he did, he snapped a picture and sent it overseas to the hard-working Marine.

But as soon as the serviceman got a good look at the image, he was ready to file for divorce. The picture contained indisputable evidence that his wife was not faithful to him in the least. And if she is careless enough in an image that is being sent to her husband, image in what other ways she is cheating behind his back.

If you look closely at the picture, you can see something shocking. And the husband, a trained Marine, knew to look at all the details. You can see a hand reaching out from underneath the bed.

Obviously, the Marine’s wife had a visitor over. And when the friend unexpectedly arrived, “the friend” jumped out of bed and went underneath it.

The post was later reported on HuffingtonPost.de where it went viral. Although some people think it is just a joke or a hoax, divorce papers do not lie.

Couldn’t this woman wait a few weeks until her heroic husband came back from overseas? Or was her itch just so bad that she needed it to get scratched at all hours of the day?

Thankfully, the Marines trained this husband to scour everything for details. And while this training usually saved his life on the battlefield and at war, it also helped save him from a fake marriage. He was able to spot the hand under the bed and expose his wife’s infidelity – even though he was hundreds of miles away at sea. The man had nothing to lose except for a wife who was nothing but bad news and heavy baggage. Thankfully this Marine was able to get away from her before she was able to get more from him and ruin his life because that is probably what would have happened if they had spent anymore years together.

Some people suspect that the image might have been the result of Photoshop. But the divorce papers do not lie. Thankfully, this Marine has distanced himself from the cheating wife. He deserves someone who will wait for him while he fights America’s battles.

What do you think?

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An old married couple had the same picture taken every year. Nothing could prepare me for the last photo.

The saying «a picture is worth a thousand words» exists for a good reason. We can always talk about our feelings but it is often much simpler when we show each other how we feel. This couple decided to have pictures taken together every time the season changed and the result is the series of pictures below. Without a single word, a love story is told. Within its pages are hope, joy, fear, and loss. It’s a story told in a most extraordinary way. You’ll see what I mean.

… and then … ;'(

and then … :'(

No words are needed to understand what the man in the last photo is feeling. A picture is worth a thousand words. How true.

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Man sells his beloved 1973 porsche to pay for wedding. 24 years later his stepdaughter tells him to look what’s in the yard

When Dave was young, he really loved his car, a 1973 Porsche 914 2.0L. For several years, he had been spending money to restore it, but instead, he spent the savings on his wedding. Dave’s wife had a daughter, Kristin Russell, and the man developed a special bond with her.

Kristin says her first memories are playing Barbies with Dave and listening to his stories. She remembers her stepfather never missed any of her karate tournaments and softball games. She also says he made a lot of good things for his family and has always been a loving husband and father.

24 years passed after Dave sold his treasured Porsche, but he would occasionally recall his car and share his memories with the family. Kristin would always be moved by those stories, and she also remembered why he gave up the car. She wanted to show her stepdad how much she appreciates everything he has done for their family and decided to find him a 1973 Porche 914 2.0L.“I think it would mean a lot to him and really drive home how grateful I am to have grown up with him in my life,” she said.

When she finally found the right car, she traveled 700 miles, all the way from California to Arizona, to pick it up and paid for it with the money she earned overseas as a U.S Air Force captain.

“With help, I’ve spent the last 2 years figuring out how to get him an identical one,” Kristin says. “Found one in AZ. I live in CA. Had it transported to a mechanic near my parents [in Pennsylvania]. After some mechanical work, time to take it home!”

The car was ready just in time for Father’s Day. When Dave went outside to see what was making noise, he saw his 1973 Porche 914 2.0L. The man’s reaction cannot be described with words! You can see it in the heartwarming footage below.

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Mom poses with 2 kids. Looks closely at photo and runs for her camera again

Kirsten Bosly, of Perth, Australia, has become an overnight sensation thanks to her powerful words about body image.

During a recent beach outing with her family, Kirsten felt uncomfortable, embarrassed and ashamed while in her bathing suit. As a plus-sized woman, Kirsten felt as though wearing a bathing suit was an extremely stressful event.

But, standing there on the beach with her children and husband, Kirsten had a life-changing epiphany….

Kirsten shared her important realization on her hilarious Facebook page, 1MotherBlogger:

“Today marks a new beginning for me.

For most of my life I have hated my body. Despised it. Loathed it. Resented it.

Wanted so very much for it to change; for it to be smaller, thinner… less ‘fat.’

I’ve used it and abused it.

I’ve blamed it for a lot of things.

I’ve been terribly ashamed of its wobbles and dimples; like somehow they are the measure of who I am.

I recently read a meme that said something along the lines of ‘be in pictures with your kids because when you’re gone, the pictures will be all they have left’ and it struck a nerve. I’ve avoided pictures most of the time as I disliked how I looked in them.”


“Not any more!

The truth is, I’m tired of being ashamed of my body; it’s done nothing but support me for 41 years…. So today I let go.

I let go of the hatred and resentment of this body of mine and chose to enjoy it for what it is; my body. I asked The Pants to take this photo so the kids will remember us enjoying this day together, cellulite and all.

No cover up.

No board shorts.

No ‘modesty’ towel.

No filters.

Just us.

Any you know what? I’m not ashamed. Really.

I look at this photo and all I can see is how happy we are and that’s awesome.

I finally feel free and it feels awesome!”

Now Kirsten can actually enjoy precious moments with her family, instead of worrying constantly about what other people might be thinking!

In an email to the Today Show, Kirsten explained how the thought came to her a little further:

“I was standing on the beach, stressing out about it, and just had a moment of clarity when I realized the only person judging me in that moment was me.

Nobody was paying me any attention and the only thing stopping me from just letting go and embracing myself fully was a bag full of hang-ups that I had created and chosen to carry around.”

No one should miss out on fleeting memories because they feel uncomfortable with their own bodies!


Now Kirsten hopes her body-positive message will help others feel more comfortable in their own skin! We only have one life – it’s time to live it happily!

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Woman just took a picture of one nice looking family and it happened to be the last photo they were happy together

You never know when a random act of kindness would lead to something more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

Joyce Rhinehart took her grandson to an Ice Cream Shop for a treat after his tennis lesson. As they were about to leave when she spotted a nice looking family enjoying ice cream together.

She suddenly felt the urge to ask them if she could take their picture. They agreed.

She said in a Facebook post:

“I took this picture and then handed my phone to the young daughter and told her to go ahead and text the picture to their cell phone.”

A few days after her interaction with the family, Joyce was surprised to receive a text message from an unknown number. She checked the message and felt chills run through her spine.

The message read:

“Dear Madam, you took our picture in front of Rita’s on June 8th. My wife has passed away yesterday and this is the last picture we have together as a family. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your kindness, it means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Joyce kept in touch with their father afterwards and found out that his wife had been sick for a year.

In her post, she wrote:

“Never underestimate a simple act of random kindness. My heart is heavy for this sweet family that I don’t even know and the tremendous gift that was left to them because I listened to my gut that day. I’m in awe!”

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This dying woman wants to spend one last Christmas with her husband. But just hours before, she receives sad news.

The love story of Dalton and Katie Prager is bittersweet. They met each other on Facebook in 2009 and realized they were truly soulmates. A couple of years later after meeting in person for the first time, they wasted no time at all before getting married, both at the age of 20.

Life was beautiful, but they were both really ill. Both Katie and Dalton suffered from cystic fibrosis, an incurable genetic disorder that effects many parts of the body, particularly the lungs. But their shared experience with the disease brought them even closer. There was just one thing that was bothering them — they couldn’t move in together because it was too difficult for their families to care for them. That meant they had to keep living in separate states. Even though they video chatted constantly, it was really hard to be away from one another.

Both of them desperately needed a new lung and were on the waiting list for a transplant. Katie loved Dalton so much that she decided to remove her own name from the list so Dalton would be higher up. That way he’d have a better chance at getting the new lung he needed so much.

Katie’s selflessness came through: Dalton got a new lung in 2014 and Katie got one in 2015. But shortly after his operation, Dalton developed a problem in his lymph nodes that led to a serious viral lung infection. He had the sense that he didn’t have much time left and all he wished for was to see his wife one last time. But the virus he had was contagious and very dangerous for others with cystic fibrosis, so their doctors warned them to stay away from one another. Dalton listened; there was no way he was going to put her in more danger.

Katie didn’t care about the risks though. She would rather live a short and happy life than a long and miserable one. So Katie invited Dalton to visit her in Kentucky.


Katie wasn’t doing too great herself; her body was rejecting her lung transplant. The doctors didn’t know what next steps they could take and told her family to prepare for the worst. They were uncertain whether she would make it to December. Since both Dalton and Katie wished to celebrate one last Christmas together, their families decided to move the holiday up a few months: This year Christmas would happen in September. They started the preparations and Dalton got ready to hit the road.

His bags were packed and ready to go, but Dalton never had the chance to make the trip. Tragically, the young man died on the afternoon of September 17th after complications relating to his illness.

Katie didn’t have the chance to hold him in her arms one last time, but she spent his last hours with him over video chat. She could see him and hear him before he passed away and she got the chance to tell him how much she loved him.

As Katie celebrated Christmas in September with her family and friends she said, «I’ll be seeing him soon.»

And she was right: just five days after Dalton’s death, Katie followed him out of this world.

This heartbreaking story of two terminally-ill young people in love is reminiscent of the 2012 best-selling novel «The Fault in Our Stars» by John Green. In 2014, it was made into a beautiful movie.


Just like Hazel and Augustus from the book, Katie and Dalton found each other, loved each other, and lost each other. But hopefully they are back together again, somewhere, somehow, and this time forever…

It’s hard to know whether you should be sad or happy for them since they found one of the purest things in life at such a young age: true love. Some people spend many years of their long lives searching just for that and never find it.

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