Today, my lovely wife Gail and I celebrate 15 years of marriage as we received the Sacrament of Matrimony on Saturday, July 8, 2000 at St. Paul Parish in Richmond on a beautiful and sunny day.
On our 15th wedding anniversary, here are 15 things I’ve learned about through marriage; they are all essential aspects of our union. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and some of the things might not ring true for other couples.
But these are things that I believe we hold true and dear to our hearts. Some of these things I’ve learned directly from Gail, other things more indirectly. She may have even learned a thing or two from me. And we’ve learned many of these things together as a couple.
On May 30, 2015, my dear friends Joseph and Marion got married and it was such a wonderful day: the Mass at St. Paul’s was beautiful and the reception at All Saints was fun and full of love. I was blessed to emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Joseph and Marion: their meeting, the courting period, their dating, and the proposal.
In the fall of 2011, the Catholic Church was preparing to embrace a new translation and new parts for the Mass. Little did Joseph and Marion know that God was preparing them to celebrate a big change via a sacrament as well…but 4 years down the road.
On November 8, 2013, Genevieve and Jivvy got married in Renton, Washington. I was blessed to co-emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Gen and Jivvy about how they met and how they got to know each other. Enjoy!
The Great Adventure of Jivvy and Genevieve began over 12 years ago in the summer of 2001. Ah yes, the glorious time of the summer of 2001. Microsoft unveiled Windows XP. Beijing was named the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The top movies were The Princess Bride, Rush Hour 2, and American Pie 2. And the undisputed number 1 song was the Destiny’s Child smash hit Bootylicious.
But more relevant and more importantly, the summer of 2001 was when Jivvy and Gen met for the first time: on the University of British Columbia campus for a Singles for Christ Conference called “One”. Upon hearing some sweet sounds and silky smooth voices, Gen noticed a pile of women surrounding a couple of men singing some songs. The two dudes in the middle were Jivvy and his cousin leading the music ministry for part of the event. Needless to say, Gen was quite impressed…along with many of the other ladies there who were single…and apparently ready to mingle.
On June 29, 2013, my dear friends Krissy and Stephen got married in a beautiful celebration at St. Paul Parish in Richmond. I was blessed to co-emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Krissy and Stephen: their meeting, the courting period, their dating, and the proposal. The following is my interpretation of what they shared with me separately – I may have taken creative license in a few parts. :p
The International House of Pancakes.
Who would have known that a quaint little restaurant in north east Richmond would be the birth place of a wonderful relationship – one full of courtship, romance, excitement, and memory loss.