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 […]

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 (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 […]

Married in September (1)

The sun shines brightly. The air is soft and warm. My heart sings. September is my favorite month.    Yesterday it dawned on me it was the 64th anniversary of the day that my mother and I went shopping for the reception stuff – plates, cups, napkins. (I assume they were paper. I don't recall.) Les met us […]

The First Time I Saw You

I am really excited this morning. Today it is 65 years since my first "date" with Les. I had met him over six months earlier at a Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Les, recently discharged from the US Navy, home from WWII, was staying with them, looking for work. After dinner, Les–blue eyes sparkling, crisp white dress shirt open […]