Thursday, May 07, 2009

A Reason to Celebrate

Happy 15th Anniversary for Sean and JoAnne in Jamaica

The Kiss of True Love-- Mmuuaahh!

Sean Jumps for Joy into the Crystal Seas of Jamaica

In all the sadness of the last year, I sometimes lose sight of the wonderful and bright things happening around me. I'm trying not to do that, so here's one very special thing that brings great joy to my heart. Last week Sean and JoAnne celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. Fifteen, count them, fifteen years of marriage! It is a great achievement and these two have done it beautifully, despite the added stresses of having a war-time marriage that required long deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and seemingly endless months of single parenting for JoAnne (including the life and money-sucking rituals of being a hockey mom).
To honor this great moment, they took an exciting trip to Jamaica--just the two of them! They have had 2, count them, 2 trips with just the two of them in their 15 years of marriage, so this was a big deal. Nanahoney (me) was privileged to take care of the Adorable Grandchildren so they could do this--my little contribution to their continuing happiness.

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 9:9


JoAnne Evangelista said...

Yep, 15, count them, 15 years of love and devotion, and trials and tribulation... but so worth it... Thanks for the blog post, Mom... I am glad our accomplishment brings you a bit of joy. We love you so!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Congrats Sean and Joanne

We love you and are so proud of you:))

Love AV

Maisha said...

That is so awesome JoAnne and Sean...well done! looks like you had a very special time together.
sending love to you, Karen...and I'm glad that God is reminding you of things that bring you joy :-)
I love you guys.


Congratulations guys. I'm so happy for you. I sense a shania twain song coming on.. Looks like we made it... Ugh can't finish kids screaming.

Janis said...

Karen, I've shared that same privilege, staying with my granddaughters while my daughter and son-in-law escaped for a weekend in San Francisco to celebrate an anniversary. Another happy memory is a week with our Haiku boys while Mom and Dad were skiing in Colorado. The boys and I did a "While You Were Out" makeover of the house as a surprise for Mom. Our children have been blessed with wonderful marriages, 25, 22, and 15 years. We marvel at what fabulous women they are.

Bill and Lu Kepler said...

By the way, 21 days from today, count them, Kelly and Kevin and the boys move to Bremerton WA. We are grieving.
Love, Bill and Lu

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary, kids!

Love, Uncle Steve and Aunt Jackie

Anonymous said...

We don't know each other, but you have touched my heart. I will be thinking about you and praying for you tomorrow.

A Maui Blog said...

Happy anniversary Sean and JoAnne (15 years! wow!) Wishing you a lot of more loving anniversaries to come and romantic trevl together (2 in 15 is not enough ;). Your family is beautiful and blessed. Love, Liza