Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Happy 30th Anniversary!

Hello friends!
Today is a VERY special day....it was exactly 30 years ago that Dr. John and I got married!
It was a life-changing day for us. Originally from Taiwan, I met Dr. John on a student exchange (The Chien-Tan Study Tour, aka, the "Love Boat") program in Taipei in the summer of 1983. After getting to know each other for about 6 weeks, he returned to Canada. We had a long-distance relationship for over a year. I was finishing my last year of university in Taiwan and Dr. John was in medical school in Toronto. Between the two of us, we had written over 200 letters (yup, the snail mail had to cross the Pacific Ocean every single time). I then applied to study for a Master's degree in Education in Ottawa. After two years, I got my degree and we got married in 1986. The rest is history...

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              I am thankful that we made it this far in spite of our different cultural and language backgrounds. Dr. John is of Chinese descent, however, he was born and raised in Canada.
Happy Anniversary

 About the card: I did partial stamping for the background with Verdure (Penny Black) with the help of MISTI.
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 I gold-embossed the smallest butterfly from Butterfly Trio on watercolor paper. With Kuretake Watercolor, the butterflies were easy and fun to color! The sentiment is from You & Me set. I highly recommend these products as they are so versatile.

I don't have any tips or secrets of a successful marriage....
except---live love and laugh every day and try not to go to bed mad.

Aug. 2nd, 1986
2015 Cruise to Norway 
I feel blessed and am grateful to have this wonderful life with Dr. John and my two beautiful children. As always, I want to thank you for spending a few minutes here in my blog today.

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29 comments:

WeiLin Hu said...

Virginia,
Happy 30th Anniversary!
It's so exciting to meet a designer came from Taiwan.
I am so grateful for your encouragement that you sent as a private message.
Your cards inspire me a lot.
Thanks to you!
Wei-Lin
Your

Milka Gubo said...

Happy anniversary!! :o) Your card is gorgeous, Virginia. Have a wonderful day. xx

LauraJane:) said...

You are truly Blessed Virginia!! Happy Anniversary to you and Dr. John:)) The card is a beautiful representation of a life well lived together.

Dawn Turley said...

Congratulations on reaching 30 years Virginia and John. A fabulous achievement. Happy Anniversary. Gorgeous card too.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Happy 30th wedding anniversary! Congratulations!
Gorgeous card and colours ❤️

Zandy Ng said...

Happy 30th wedding anniversary Virginia!! And thank you for sharing a little of your personal life with us.

Leanne said...

Happy 30th wedding anniversary to you both. Have a wonderful day. Stay blessed.

Lin said...

Congratulations, Virginia and Dr. John! Loved your wedding picture - so happy that you 2 met and came to live on this side of the Pacific and that we've become friends!

Rahmat said...

Happy Anniversary Virginia! What a gorgeous picture of you two from the 80's, thanks for sharing, love it! and your card is no exception from your usual cards - very elegant and gorgeous! Hope you are having a fun filled day!

cm said...

Happy 30th Anniversary, Virginia and Dr. John! The smiles in your wedding photo are reflected in those from your Norway cruise; you two certainly are blessed with a 'lasting love' for one another! Your card: absolutely gorgeous! Wishing you a wonderful celebration today and a joy-filled year about to unfold!
Hugs~carol

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Happy anniversary! Thanks for sharing the story and pictures. Your card is beautiful!

Pam Sparks said...

when I clicked on your email... first thought... SO pretty! Beautiful card Virginia and Congrats on 30 years!

Barbara said...

Lovely card and lovely life, well spent. Congratulations. We celebrated our 54th anniversary this year in June. Can it be? LOL!

conil said...

Happy, happy Anniversary to both you and Dr. John. Your wedding photo is beautiful, as are you. And the card is gorgeous. Love those vines and butterflies. Really hope you two do something special today to celebrate.

Barb said...

I'll bet Dr. John loved your card, Virginia! It's beautiful! You two are truly blessed to have found each other all those years ago! Happy Anniversary to you both! ♥♥♥

Karen B. said...

Happy Anniversary! What a lovely story and card.

Shelly said...

Happy Anniversary!!
GORGEOUS card! Love your story and photos, too! :)

Teresa Doyle said...

A beautiful card Virginia and Happy Anniversary to you and Dr John!

Kristen said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

Miriam Prantner said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you don't have to cook and you get some crafting supplies ;) Have a great day!

alexandra s.m. said...

HAPPY PEARL ANNIVERSARY dearest Virginia and Dr. John!
Your sweet post and gorgeous card has brought tears to my eyes.
Hugs~

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Congrats on 30 years to you and Dr. John, Virginia! Love the photos and beautiful card!!

Roberta said...

Congratulations to you both!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your card! Your butterfly is colored beautifully and as always, your card is AMAZING! TFS!

Harriet said...

Happy Anniversary Virginia and Dr. John. Virginia your photo....I see Stephanie....lovely, lovely bride and handsome groom. 30 years is an achievement in today's world. You are correct: live, laugh, love....a motto all should live by. Congratulations to you both and much happiness in the years to come.

pcm said...

happy anniversary! lovely card!

Susanne Vargas said...

Happy 30th Anniversary! That's quite an accomplishment! The card you made for Dr. John is so pretty!

Lisa said...

30 years, how wonderful!! Many congrats to you and Dr. John on your anniversary!! Your card is beautiful and so is your wedding photo!

knottedscraps said...

Happy anniversary! Such a sweet story n beautiful card! Many more happy years ahead!!

mandalj said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary! Lovely card you made to mark the occasion! Norway is a fabulous place isn't it?