Betsy Ileen Streisel has announced her intent to marry Thomas Edward Eanes. No date has been set yet. I believe it will be this coming spring.
Times like these catch parents off guard and force our minds to recall memories of our children growing up. I keep thinking of my little girl riding her pink and blue bike down the C&O canal with a look of determination on her face that has shined through to this very day. That was a long day for Betsy, riding almost 70 miles on her bike but resolute to make it to the end of the ride. She was a fourth grader at the time!
Three years ago she decided to pursue a dual degree in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Today she has her degrees and missed the deans list by 1/2 of a percentage point.
Now she has made another decision, to marry Thomas. I am sure she will take the same passion for creating a successful marriage that she has taken in all her endeavors. She will be a great wife to Thomas and a loving parent to our grandchildren.
I remember the fear that consumed me when I broke the big question to Betsy’s mother 35 years ago but with hard work and love we have a good marriage and now we get to witness the marriage of our daughter. We are not total rookies in this ‘children getting married’ department, because we have a son Scott, who has been married for four years and is doing well. Just recently, they informed us that they have figured out how to make grandchildren!
I just want to take this moment to send publicly our congratulations to Betsy and Thomas and may their marriage and life be as spectacular as ours has been.