Milt and Maxine – Home on the Range

Milt and Maxine just recently celebrated sixty years. 60. As in a six + a zero. As in 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 20, 40, 60 years of marriage! As in a long time! Wow, seriously people, how many couples do you know that have been married 60 years? I’ve been fortunate to know a few but it’s always exciting to hear of others, and even more exciting to have been a part of memorializing it, thanks to our good friends Guy and Linda. Congratulations Milt and Maxine — still smilin’ after all these years!

Both are 82 years young and now board horses on their 120 acre Ranch (that the family calls “up on The Mountain“) in the Boise foothills where they have lived since September 1966 (that’s 45 years for you slow mathematicians like myself). It is here that they raised their five children, Guy, Brenda, Blaine, Brett, and Chris. They have 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandkids with one on the way so life is full. Maybe the secret to longevity is to marry young and work hard. It goes without saying that “the couple that works together, stays together” and raising a family and taking care of this much property is hard work.

Maxine was such a natural at this photo stuff and she and Milt were great about going anywhere I wanted to go, and I wanted to go to a lot of places! What a neat place to meander … the corrals, the garden, the berry patch, the grape vines … the wide open spaces. I loved it all.

This next is my favorite. It shows the pasture where boarded horses get to run, the old manure spreader, and the name sign that was made by their daughter, Chris, many years ago.

They still got it after all these years! Ain’t love grand!

Milt (a man of few words) made the funniest comment to me when he said “I keep thinking I should tilt my head every time you tilt your camera!” This one’s for you Milt!

“TAXI!” Now this is the way to roll in style on a ranch! Guy’s laughing cause he just about bucked his folks off the back but notice how they’re not laughing as hard as he is. 🙂

When we finished with the field I asked Maxine where her favorite place on the farm was so that we could go there to have the final picture taken. She thought for just a second before saying “my front porch.” I wish I would have taken a picture of the view down their road from their front porch, but I didn’t think about it then. Dang. I always think of the good stuff a day late! They have an amazing view of the most beautiful Idaho Power pole on the left (just for you Guy), and to the right of it, straight down the road, you get a view of the city with the Train Depot right in the middle of it. Sunsets are so pretty from up there. I know because Guy and Linda live just down the road and I’ve seen those sunsets from their front porch. So we ended our photo session on the front porch that is so inviting with comfy rockers and lots of potted “pretties.” Over yonder were kittens running about and up the way horses roaming. I can see why this would be a favorite destination after a long day of working … or a quiet day enjoying retirement. Some day I’m gonna sit on my front porch and watch the sun go down behind the neighbor’s house across the street … umm, when I get a front porch that is.

Milt and Maxine, thanks for letting Mike and I come up and for letting me boss you around … something I quite enjoyed! You were both such great sports and we wish you many more years together. Keep kissin’, keep smilin’, keep sittin’ on your beautiful front porch, and for you Milt, keep tiltin’. Again, this last one is for you. Mary

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Roberta Johnston - August 30, 2011 - 6:27 PM

OH Mary! These are awesome pictures of the folks! You captured them so well, love all the places you took their pictures, you certainly have an eye for detail and we will forever be in your debt for taking these of Milt and Max! Loved the story line too, so sweet. Thank you for taking the time to make a memory for the kids and grandkids and greats too. Love you!

jennessjohnston2 - August 30, 2011 - 7:23 PM

Tears were in my eyes with the first picture. Many dear memories have been made at Grandma and Grandpa Grapes (as Lily calls him) place and with my wonderful Grandparents. The picture are beautiful!!!! Thanks for capturing all the stories and love.

lsj4157 - August 30, 2011 - 8:18 PM

Mary, thank you, thank you, thank you to you and to your able assistant Mikey. They turned out so well. It just wouldn’t have been right to have their photos done in a studio. This was perfect and, as always, you ROCK!!! Your blog really captured their personalities and the pictures captured their spirits. They were such troopers and did everything you asked and I’m so glad we have some beautiful photos to commemorate their sixty years together. What a blessing to our family. - August 30, 2011 - 8:49 PM

All right you three, you made my day! I was in the grocery store when Mike called so when I hung up I checked my messages and got yours Roberta. Have to say I got a little (tiny bit) misty-eyed. Then later Jenness, then Linda. I’m touched knowing you are touched. You have a legacy up on “the mountain” and it’s nice to have memories — I know that more than anyone. Of course, you already have the memories, but you know what I mean. I really, really enjoyed myself so there you go. I’ve even gotten over the fact that the sun came out as soon as M & M walked into the house! And hey, anybody with the signa M & M have to be some pretty great people, right!

Roberta Johnston - August 31, 2011 - 7:32 PM

I hope you have facebook and can read all the wonderful responses to the pictures you took of the folks! Everyone is so impressed with your work, your blog and your wit! The Lord has truly blessed you with your talent and you are blessing so many others in the process, thank you again sweetie!

Kathy Bettger - August 31, 2011 - 8:14 PM

Again, on top of things, Mary. Wow! These are great. I came in through the FB route, so the news is circulating there. You have touched more lives with your beautiful stories & pix. Keep it up.


Laura Higgs - September 2, 2011 - 12:47 AM

beautiful. May we all be so blessed. - September 5, 2011 - 2:53 PM

Just got home from camping to see your sweet note. I am so grateful for you and Linda who have both told me FB is getting the comments. That is so cool and I am happy for Milt and Maxine because it reflects back to them. They were awesome! I do not have FB (can you believe someone on the planet does NOT have it!) so Linda said she would track some comments for me. How fun! Thank you again Roberta for reading and commenting. It has certainly meant something to me. - September 5, 2011 - 2:56 PM

Seriously, how cool is that! Thank you Kathy for letting me know. Andy and Lauren and Milt and Maxine have created some nice hits to my blog which is always fun to see. I know it is the people that the blog is about that is creating the stir and not me, but fun for me to see people enjoy it.

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