Friday, August 2, 2013

Happy 27th Anniversary...to me and Dr. John!

 (fall 1984, Gatineau Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Hello, friends! Today is a significant day in my life. I got married in 1986 to Dr. John.
Her are a few fun facts about how it all started...
1. We met through a Study Tour Program in Taipei, Taiwan in the summer of 1983. 
2. During the tour, he once played Elton John's "Your Song" on the piano and that was what really wowed me! 
2. Dr. John was one of many overseas born Chinese who went to Taiwan to learn more about his heritage. It was my summer job while at university to work as a counselor for this government-sponsored study tour
3. We wrote letters/cards for over a year. His and mine combined--over 200 letters! He was in Toronto and I was in Taipei. There was no internet, Skype, Facebook, FaceTime....
Dr. John has certainly fulfilled what he set out to do...
Like all marriages, it takes a lot of love and patience to make it work. In the end, we simply complement and complete each other.

Dr. John ordered a few books for me to celebrate this special occasion.
A trip to Chicago is in the planning! And reading my card-making idol Cristina's book will be such a treat!
I am counting my blessings to have met John. I am sure he is happy to have met me back in 1983 :)

53 comments:

MichelleZ said...

Happy Anniversary!, :)

donna mikasa said...

Happy 27th Anniversary, Virginia and Dr. John! Thank you for sharing your romantic "fun facts" with us! From now on, I'll associate "Your Song" with the two of you. Here's to 27 more wonderful years to the both of you!

Brenda said...

Thank you for sharing some details. It was nice to read. Wishing you continued happiness and success. Congrads.

Cecilia Hsieh said...

Happy 27th wedding anniversary Virginia and Dr John. What a lovely story!

Michelle Lupton said...

Congratulations on 27 years of a wonderful marriage to you and Dr John - may your marriage continue on just as happily for many, many years to come :)

Niki G said...

Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more years of wedded bliss!

Dotty Jo said...

Happy Anniversary to you both - what you have together is so special! Jo x

aaga said...

Happy anniversary and I wish you many more to come! Also thanks for sharing your "fun facts". :)

Dawn Turley said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. What a delightful story about how you meet.

Cris G said...

Happy Anniversary, Virginia! That was a romantic start... I hope you continue being very happy together!

Kristen said...

Happy anniversary Virginia and dr John!!

Sheila H said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Dr. John, Virginia. I enjoyed your sweet story. I wish the two of you many more years of happiness together.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Happy anniversary to you both! and for many more ... I enjoyed your sweet love story, TFS and congrats to Stephanie on her huge accomplishment.

lenny said...

yay! Party time!!
CONGRATS!! CONGRATS!!!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! :)

Vicky said...

Happy Anniversary Virginia and Dr. John! I wish you both many more to come !!! Loved the flash back with the story and the photos!

joy said...

Awww! So sweet! I love your photos and love story. And, I love Elton John's song - would love to have heard Dr. John's version.

Jingle said...

Happy Anniversary, Virginia!

Betty said...

happy anniversary - love your story - hope you have many more wonderful years together.

Barb Ghig said...

Happy Anniversary Virginia and Dr. John! It was so nice to read about your "Love Story"...it's certainly evident that you were made for each other!

I wish you both many more years of good health and happiness! Enjoy your trip to Chicago, too!

I've always enjoyed Elton John's music...Thanks for the video :-)

Irene said...

Beautiful love story!!!! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your joy with us!

Annette Allen said...

Happy Anniversary... Happy Anniversary... Happy Anniversary.... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY... that is actually a song... heehee.. Wishing you and your husband many blessings on this special day..

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! Hugs!

Miriam Prantner said...

Hold on! You met Dr. John on the Love Boat?! (That's what we called the same program when I was growing up mostly because it was quite obvious that parents were sending their kids on it less to get educated about Taiwan and more to meet potential Asian spouses, for the record, I refused to go....and then I married a white guy). Anyway, I love that you guys corresponded so much and what a great gift to be able to hand down those letters will be! Have a wonderful anniversary!!!

Barb said...

What a sweet post, my friend! Love the photos and the beautiful way you describe your relationship with John! Wishing the two of you a very Happy, 27th Anniversary! Sending hugs to you both!! :)

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Happy Anniversary! And many, many more!

jusaweecatnap said...

What a sweet story. I'm old enough to remember the days before everyone used digital technology to communicate. What a treasure to still have those hand-written love letters. I love that serious, almost protective stance Dr. John has in the first photo. You make a lovely couple. Thanks for sharing.

jusaweecatnap said...

PS, my son lives in Chicago and I love visiting that city. Since Dr. John is interested in FL Wright, you could sign up for emails from the foundation that preserves his buildings. They offer lots of activities throughout the year highlighting his architecture. When you're in Hyde Park visiting his Robie House, there are several nice museums in that neighborhood, including the Smart Museum, which is a nice little gem. And, of course, the Art Institute is grand. Fall is a lovely time to visit the city.

Donna Nuce said...

Happy Anniversary! In a world where commitment is a bad word, you both make that word shine! Enjoy your trip to Chi-town.

pcm said...

happy happy anniversary!

Kelly Griglione said...

Awww, isn't that the cutest story ever? And how do you both LOOK the SAME as you did when you first started out together?!? That's amazing! So glad you shared these photos : ) A very happy anniversary to you and Dr. John, my dear friend Virginia!

Pamela said...

This is probably the sweetest post I've seen <333 You guys are just perfect and Dr. John has brought lots and lots of giggling for us from your "What is Dr. John thinking"!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Happy anniversary, Virginia and Dr. John!!! Here's to many more years of wedded bliss <3 Ecc. 4:12b

ps..thanks so much for stopping by my blog while I was away (family/vaca)!!!! Your comments made me smile-- THANKS:) <3

Leni said...

Dear Virginia, congratulations on your weddinganniversary!
Hope you will get many more happy, wonderful, loving years together, and together with your children. I am so grateful to have met you and your family and was able to see how GOOD you are with each other as a family! Warm greetings from Leni!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Happy anniversary! We were married in 1986 also. Ours was in june. Hugs

Paula S. said...

What a sweet post. Congratulations to both of you on 27 years together!

Trinh said...

Aww, beautiful love story, Virginia! Happy anniversary to you & Dr. John. Here's to many more happy years!

conil said...

Such a sweet connection you've formed...a such a cute couple. Happy Anniversary and a whole bunch of happy years to come.

Harriet said...

Happy Anniversary to Virginia and Dr. John..........enjoyed reading "how we met" and wish you many, many happy years ahead.

Rachel W K said...

happy anniversary!!!! i hope matt and i can have such a happy marriage as yours! (btw, you were married the year i was born.. ha!). congrats!
-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.com

Laura B. said...

Such a beautiful story of how you two met! Happy Anniversary to a very special couple! CANNOT wait for you to come to Chicago!!!!

Greta said...

Big congratulations, Virginia! You two were obviously meant for each other. Wishing you many more years together. Love the pictures you shared & the story!

alexandra s.m. said...

What a lovely post!
Happy Anniversary to the two of you!
(so excited about your plans to come to the Windy City!)

Hugs~

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congratulations to you and Dr. John, Virginia! You have a beautiful love study!! It's so cool that you got to know each other through an epic letter-writing romance!! All the best for many, many more happy years!!

shirley-bee said...

Happy anniversay to you and Dr John, Virginia! It was lovely to read how you net - so romantic!

Juliana Michaels said...

Happy Anniversary and what a great story you have to share!!! Best wishes for many more beautiful years together!!!

Anni said...

Hi Virginia,
I swear at first I didn't realized the photo was an old one! Just Dr John's glasses made me take a second look! You both don't look one day older today!
Congratulations to you on your happy day!
Anni

Tenia Nelson said...

Congrats, you two!!!! Enjoy your special day!! :)

Jocelyn said...

Congrats to you, Virginia and Dr John! Well done.

Rose said...

happy anniversary and many many more :)

mimijudy1975 said...


I loved the pictures of you and Dr. John when you first met in Taiwan back in the 80's ! You are a loving couple . Wishing you many more happy and exciting years to come. What a wonderful example you are giving to David and Stephanie as to what marriage is.
Have a great time in Chicago.I'll be looking forward to pictures and a very interesting account of your trip.

Jacqueline said...

And now you have fifty comments! Happy Anniversary, Virginia!

Susan Raihala said...

I'm a few days late, but congratulations! We celebrated our 27th anniversary in June, and it is indeed a labor of love to nurture and grow a marriage! Hugs to you.

BabyBokChoy said...

happy anniversary and you guys barely have aged!! You look so good!!! congrats