Lois Hjelmstad

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Married 65 Years Today

Today it is 65 years since Les and I married. Our church magazine had asked me to write the story of our lives and I'm sharing that with you today. It's longer than I like my blogs to be, but, hey, it's our anniversary! And it is 65 years.   It was one of those weird butterfly effects. What if […]

5 Tips on Marriage from Someone Who Really Doesn’t Know

64 years and 13 days. As our anniversary month nears a close, I think of many things I would have liked to have shared. Oh, well, maybe next year! Or maybe this Thursday. I don't usually talk about tips because I firmly believe that each new day in a marriage is an adventure with the possibility to be […]

Married in September (6)

So now we're married. (Actually, we've been married sixty-four years and one day. We celebrated our marriage at Grand Lake Lodge where we spent our honeymoon. Went yesterday and returned this afternoon. The aspen were astonishingly beautiful.) This is the poem I gave to Les sixty-four years ago on our wedding day. Please do remember it was […]

Married in September (5)

Today is the 64th anniversary of our wedding.  [Les and I are heading out for an overnight getaway at Grand Lake Lodge in the Rocky Mountains, where we spent our honeymoon. We plan to skip the dingy wedding-night-hotel this time. Been there. Done that.] So in honor of our anniversary, I can describe our wedding no better than […]

Married in September (3)

(continued) Because my maid of honor had no more money than I did, I had borrowed a pale green bridesmaid's dress from another friend. (Les and I each had only one attendant, except for those two cute little candlelighters.) And today is the 64th anniversary of the day that my mother, while pressing said dress, burned a hole […]

Married in September (2)

(continued) As it turned out, Les did find a place to stay for our wedding night – at an old hotel (The Auditorium). Whew! No more worry about that. Just deal with drab and dreary. Or not notice at all. So this is the 64th anniversary of the third day before our wedding. The only […]