Sangl Parents – 50th Anniversary

My parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary today.

They had six children – all boys.  They ended the family with identical twins – boys, of course, and I was Baby #2.  I am the baby by seven minutes.

Congratulations Mom and Dad Sangl!  You are wonderful parents who mean the world to me and my bros.

Here are ten reasons I love my parents:

  1. They gave six boys the opportunity to grow up on a farm in the country – no better living than that!
  2. They were both up at the crack of dawn and worked like crazy – Dad with his homebuilding business – Mom with the family.  I never heard them complain.
  3. We were required to work hard – early and often.  We knew nothing different, and only recognized the full value of this when we grew up.
  4. We went to church (sometimes four times a week) – and rarely missed a service – instilling strong values.
  5. We managed to go on vacation once a year (usually fishing) – even when the budget was tight.
  6. My dad once sold his beloved John Deere tractor as a necessary step in bridging a budget gap – he was willing to make sacrifices for the family and the business.
  7. My dad was born and raised on the Minnesota/Iowa border and my mom was born and raised around Indianapolis.  We traveled often and saw a lot of sights – every trip was instrumental in my education.
  8. They taught me the value of a dollar.  We canned 100 quarts of green beans and froze over 100 bags of sweet corn at a time during the summer to make the budget work.
  9. They are hilarious.  They built themselves a new house almost all by themselves in their late 60s.  You should have seen my dad putting the decking on the roof.  It involved a truck, roller skates, pullies, boards, and rope.
  10. They have loved each other through thick and thin – and refused to give in when many would give up.

Congratulations, Mom and Dad.  You are awesome parents!


  1. Susan H. on September 12, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Joe, your parents are awesome! They are still as kind as they were when we were all kids growing up together. Awesome people they are! Congratulations to them!

  2. Tanja Reilly on September 12, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Hi Joe, I love the list about your parents. Thank you for sharing. You and your siblings are truly blessed. Congratulations to your parents, and I wish them many more anniversaries!

  3. Gail on September 12, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Happy 50th Anniversary to Mr & Mrs. Sangl! Wow! Awesome list about your folks.

    I knew I liked you for a reason= you are an identical twin! 🙂 I love my identical twins. They are soooo much fun.

    I hope your folks have many more anniversaries.
    And I pray you & Jen have at least as many as your folks. btw~ how’s her pregnancy going?

    God Bless, -Gail

  4. Kris on September 12, 2009 at 11:04 am

    This was a great read and I wish your parents and your family nothing but the best. Thank you for sharing – I will remember this as I am about to say “I do” in 4 hours at my own wedding in Aspen, CO.

    Kris & Holly

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