Living Together, Growing Together (updated)

The theme of my in-laws’ 60th Wedding Anniversary came from an old, almost forgotten movie “The Lost Horizon” with Burt Bacharach’s song, “Living Together, Growing Together”.

While this song never made it big and can hardly be found in CDs of Burt Bacharach songs, we felt this was the most appropriate for our celebration as it talks about how families start out and grow together. Some of the lyrics go this way:

It just takes wood to build a house
Fill it with people and you got a home
Fill it with love and people take root
It’s just like a tree
Where each branch becomes a family.

Living together, growing together
Just being together
That’s how it starts, 3 loving hearts

All pulling together, working together
Just building together
That makes you strong, when things go wrong.

Reaching 60 years of marriage together is quite an achievement. Many of our guests expressed this sentiment and come to think of it, how many couples are actually blessed to live long enough to see through their 60th? I think I myself won’t live long enough to reach that! So we cannot thank the Lord enough for this tremendous blessing He has given to us.

Cousin Marisa found a YouTube video from the actual movie. The lyrics alone express exactly what family is all about.

Last night, at the celebration, we all sang this onstage while the video presentation that C2 and her cousins worked on for days, flashed on a giant screen.


Below is the video prepared by C2 and her Aussie cousin, Eugene:

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0 thoughts on “Living Together, Growing Together (updated)

  1. I hope to reach my 50th wedding anniversary. That would be so romantic. Happy New Year, jane!

    Jane: Reaching just my 50th anniversary will truly be a God-given gift, Noemi. Happy New Year too!

  2. congratulations to your family! your in-law’s 60th anniversary is really something. how many couples nowadays reach it to their 5th year? if only both couples work real hard on their marriages, the way it should be–with the marital vows to be “till death do us part”.

    treasure your in-laws. they are one shining example of a “family”.

    Happy New Year, Jane! for you and your loved ones, my prayers for a 2008 filled with abundant blessings and joy, and may love, hope and peace reign in your hearts.

    Jane: Thank you, Dine! Yes, my in-laws (not just my parents-in-law but the ENTIRE CLAN) are wonderful and for that I am a blessed person. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  3. Wow 60th wedding anniversary! Definitely something to be celebrated. Congratulations!

    Jane: Hi Mayi! Thank you, thank you. Just celebrated our 20th, hubby & me, too. That’s just one-third of the way to the 60th! 🙂

  4. Hi Jane. Belated Happy 60th Anniversary to your in-laws. I love that line “Living Together, Growing Together”. It’s very sweet.

    Sorry haven’t visited in a while. Hope you enjoyed the Christmas season with your family and friends. Wishing you all the best in 2008.

    Take care!

    Jane: Rach! Missed you! Thanks for dropping by. I know the holidays made everyone busy. I was one of those so I totally understand. Mommies never seem to have time off…sigh…

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2008 filled with loads of memories, peace and joy.

  5. Hi there,

    I really like this video clip – better than the one from the actual movie. Was wondering if at all I can show to the church as I am giving a talk on family values this Sunday.

    Thanks. and please answer asap.


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