Tuesday, August 13, 2019

16 Years and Counting #WeddingAnniversary

"Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, 
which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, 
with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church." 
- Pope John Paul II


16 years ago today, hubby and I decided to officially seal our long-distance relationship.  We've dated online for about 8  months and despite  skepticism and a lot of opposing opinions from other people, we gave it a go and believed that we could make it work.  Thank God we did because when I look at my  children now, I always think,  what if I listened to those voices and did not try us?  I would have regretted it for the rest of my life.    
Life is really unpredictable.  You never know what  will happen so it is best to take risks and try your  best to make it work.  I believe in destiny and fate.  Who would have known that a 30 year old me would  met a guy from almost-heaven, West Virginia.  I did not even  imagined I would go out of my country.  My childhood dream was to finish school and  find a good job and  hopefully meet a man and have a family we could both  raise.  Never in my dream I would  marry a foreigner and live outside my comfort zone but here we are 16 years later.
"The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue.
It's a choice you make - not just on your wedding day, but over and over again -
and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.
"
Barbara De Angelis

I thank God for blessing me a wonderful man, a great and loving husband and father to our children.  I thank him for choosing a little feisty Bicolana and bringing me here in WV, I love it here.
"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. "
- Martin Luther
Thank you for marrying me and for being with me for all these years.  I hope that we could continue to celebrate blissful years like we have been since year one.  

I hope and pray that  we could grow old together.  That even if our hair turned grey, we  could continue to be  each other's strength and love each other till our last breath.  Thanks for the love, humor, and faith in me.   

"A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love,
 trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. 
The order varies for any given year."
Paul Sweeney

18 comments:

  1. Ah! Happy Anniversary! 16 years is QUITE THE FEAT!! Here's to 16 more and SOOO many more than that! :)

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  2. Happy Anniversary! These are some sweet photos. My husband and I have been married 18 years and also did the long distance thing.

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  3. oh my goodness 16 years- how amazing you two! sounds like a wonderful family and great time for you all!

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  4. So many congratulations on your 16th anniversary that is amazing and so many years of love. Here's to the next 16 being so very happy.

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  5. Happy anniversary to both of you! Here to many more years of happiness.

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  6. Happy Anniversary! 16 years is a big deal, enjoy celebrating!

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  7. What a nice anniversary to celebrate! Looks like you had a lovely time with your family.

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  8. Congratulations on your 16th Wedding Anniversary! Wishing you more years of wedded bliss. You have a beautiful, loving family!

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  9. 16 years is an amazing milestone for a relationship. You both must have so much love and compassion to each other. Cheers to another 16 years.

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  10. You make a beautiful family. I'm glad you listened to your heart because look at all the love you have from hubby and your kids now.

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  11. So glad you two took the chance! I'm happy for your happiness -- happy anniversary! (Also your son is cracking me up in the photos!)

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    1. Lol, we were trying to take a photo of just the two of us but the photo bomber was having too much fun so we gave up ha ha.

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  12. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. Hope you had a wonderful celebration. Here's to many more!

    -LYNNDEE

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  13. What a beautiful life you've built together! Your family is lovely. It's so much fun to hear of people's love stories. Glad you took the leap and followed your heart.

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  14. Happy Anniversary. I am glad that you guys took the leap and followed God's plan.

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  15. Congrats on your anniversary. You guys look amazing! Wishing you many more happy years together.

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  16. That is awesome! Hope you had an amazing wedding anniversary!

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  17. Happy anniversary and cheers to many more years of happiness for both of you

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