Looking back at Feb. 22, 1971, Ric and Bec (Reicher) Willenborg, of Dyersville, wonder how those 50 years could fly so quickly.

And yet here they are, remembering all the hopes, joys, a very few trials and a bounty of treasures through those years.

They thank God for all of it, especially for their four children: Leah (Brad) Miller of Winter Park, Fla., Seth (Lily) Willenborg of Cedar Rapids, Hannah (Luke) Wickham of Winter Park and Senta (Adam) Pritchard of Grimes. They also celebrate their 11 grandchildren: Amelia, Raelin and Ethan Miller, Kayley, Sam and Adelyn Willenborg, Sagers and Reicher Wickham and Gibson, Becca and Deacon Pritchard.

It’s a great day to be alive.