Marriage Meme

I've see this on several blogs. Very interesting, so I thought I'd do it, too.

Marriage meme

1. Where/How did you meet?

I was working in the Upper Room as a tour guide, in Nashville. Raf was a city tour guide and brought in a group. We eyed each other, and I think the first thing we said to each other is, "I'm divorced and I never want to marry again." So a year later we were.

2. How long have you known each other?

31 years

3. How long after you met did you start dating?

Within the week

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?

We never were engaged. We just decided to get married one day and did about a week later. I never had an engagement ring until a year ago last Christmas.

5. How long was your engagement?

Less than a week

6. How long have you been married?

It will be 30 years on May 5, 2007.

7. What is your anniversary?

May 5--it was his mother's birthday, the next day is our second grandson's birthday and our oldest daughter's anniversary

8. How many people came to your wedding reception?

Reception...did you say, reception? We had anyone who wanted to meet us at TGI Fridays after the service. Quite a few did, and each bought a bottle of champaign.

9. What kind of cake did you serve?

No cake...each person ordered from the menu and paid for their supper! Remember this was the hippie period...but we didn't get married in the woods.

10. Where was your wedding?

The Upper Room Chapel's little chapel/side chapel..very, very tiny chapel

11. What did you serve for your meal?

As stated above, each person ate whatever they wanted...and drank, as well.

12. How many people were in your wedding party?

Yvonne Glien was my maid-of-honor and Eric Thoreson and Owen Davis stood up for Raf...stood being a relative term. They both got drunk before the service, as neither of them was particularly pro-marriage. Raf gave them each a bottle of Scotch after the ceremony, and neither made it to Fridays'! Yvonne did, and the three of us sat at a table in front of the door welcoming everyone.

13. Are you still friends with them all?

We found Yvonne a couple of years ago, but she hasn't kept contact. We have talked to Owen and Eric about once each. I wish we were in contact with all three of them!!

14.Did your spouse cry during the ceremony?

No, I think we were both shell shocked, though.

15. Most special moment of your wedding day?

Raf wasn't into flowers, etc., so my boss Helen picked roses from her garden and made a bouquet, she and Janice, a co-worker, and several other friends, stood in the door during the ceremony...did I say it was a tiny room. My other boss, Rev. James Alexander, married us.

16.Any funny moments?

As I said, Owen and Eric got drunk before the wedding, well, with all that champaign, Raf got drunk at Fridays'. He kept taking the keys out of his suit coat pocket and laying them on the table. Yvonne would pick them up and put them back in the pocket...this happened many, many times that evening.

17. Any big disasters? was a wonderful day.

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon?

The day after the wedding we went to Daddy's Creek in the Katoosa Wildlife Management area in East Tennessee with two other men and two little boys, and the men white water canoed...I didn't. Oh, and it rained heavily, and our tent floated away down the river. Also, one of the men, Mike Foster, kept trying to help me with my fire by kicking it, and I about had a piece of him! I CAN make a good fire, thank you!

19. How long were you gone?

Just over the weekend...we had to work.

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change?

Not a thing.

21. What side of the bed do you sleep on?

The right side is mine...and the right chair in the blue room and the passenger side (right) in the car. I am right!!

22. What size is your bed? King...we little people need lots of room!

23. Greatest strength as a couple?

Our faith in God and our strong will to work through whatever needs working through.

24. Greatest challenge as a couple?

As a young couple it was children and it's health.

25. Who literally pays the bills?

I did for years, but now with online paying, Raf does.

26. What is your song?

A Little Bit More by Dr. Hook...and being in Nashville and part of the music scene, we got to see these guys around town and hear them. Fun times!!

27. What did you dance your first dance to?

We don't dance much, and neither of us remembers.

28. Describe your wedding dress:

Yvonne insisted that we both get new clothes. Raf got a light tan suit, and I got a cream Sunday dress with some dark brown trim.

29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding?

As I said above, we wouldn't have had flowers except Helen picked some from her garden...roses.

30. Are your wedding bands engraved?


31. How old were you when you got married?

Remember this was a second marriage for both of us.
We were both 34.

Fun! Anyone else want to play? If so, you're IT!


Michelle said…
what a fun meme! I think I'll save this to do "one of these days"!
Sheila said…
This was fabulous Sioux, I really had fun reading this. You two are obviously meant for each other.
Congratulations on a long loving marriage.
I hope you have another 30+ years together.
Gill said…
Thats great, learning more about you :-}
I hope you have many more happy years together.

Take care
Morning Glory said…
That was totally fun to read! Thanks for playing along on this one.
Kelli said…
What a sweet, meme, Sioux! Congratulations on your wonderful marriage! Your reception sounds like so much fun!
AnastasiaC said…
this was so much fun to read - thanks for sharing!!!
many happy years ahead!
Terry said…
Sioux This is really neat!!
I will answer them in your comment section if that is alright with you!!

1. Where and how did you meet?
I was just at home in my Ottawa apartment that I shared with my sister, Betty and my brother, Gary just minding my own business when Gary brought his friend, Bernie over because Bernie had just bought a new 45 record and his player was broken..I happened to answer the door and good thing too as it turned out because Bernie later told me that if he had of seen Betty first, he would have fallen for HER because she was prettier!! The nerve!!

2.How long have you known each other?
We have known each other for 37 years.

3.How long after you met did you start dating?
The very day!Seeing as Bernie was on midnight shift, he phoned me later and we talked all night. Some first date, eh?

4.How long did yuo date befroe you were engaged?
Well Betty and I and Gary were moving from Ottawa to St. Catherines, so before we left after knowing Bernie for about two months, I made sure I popped the question before we cleared out! HE said "Yes"!!
Please don't think ill of me dear Sioux. It HAD to be done because Ottawa is a government city and there are ten girls to every guy!!
I could not take any chances of losing the guy to a city slicker.

5.How long was your engagement?
About a year.

6.How long have you been married?
As my brother once said when he was asked...25 glorius years...25 out of 35 ain't bad!!
Hee hee,,,35 happy years I would say Sioux!

7.What is your anniversary?
March 11...NEVER get married in March. It is usually cold still and you get tons of blankets for wedding gifts!

8.How many people came to your wedding reception?
Well we had invited about 120 but somehow my Gramma Golden brought out a whole bunch of other guests on my dad's side of the family...Ya' all come on down to my grandaughter's wedding!!" I met a fourth cousin Lou that I had never met in my life. We had so many extra that our best man had to set up a few more tables to accomodate everyone but oh well the more the merrier, eh?

9.What kind of cake did you serve?
My great Aunt Della made me a real three tiered wedding cake. I think it was a fruit cake.

10. Where wer you married?
We were married in Welland, Ontario

11. What did you serve for your meal?
The meal was great. My mother's side of the family bought all the meat...turkey, beef and cooked it up at home ahead of time. The other part of the family made all the veggies and salads and the Christans from our church baked all the goodies, Bernie and I bought all the pop.

12.How many people wer in your wedding party?
My sister Betty was my maid of honor. She stood up with my brother, Gary who was Bernie's best man.My friend, Marilyn Walker stood up with my bother, Teddy, and Norman and Susan Dube our friends from the church stood up with us also. My little sister, Karen was our flower girl.Grampa Yade [he wasn't Grampa Yade then] was our master of ceromonies.

13.Are you still friends with them?
We were family and friends and we are STILL family and friends!

14.Did your spouse cry during the ceromony?
Yes !! He did!! hmm....second thoughts?WHAT have I DONE!!
Later on at the reception Mr. Grampa Yade told everyone that Bernie had just tied a knot with his tongue that he couldn't undo with his TEETH...NOT nice!!

15.Most special moment of your wedding day?
My most special moment of my wedding day was when we went back to sign the papers, that I took my engagemnet ring off of my finger and gave it to my brother, Gary whom Bernie and I dearly loved! He had tears in his eyes when he told me, " I will give this to a special girl some day!" And he did just THAT a few years later..

16.Any funny moments?
Yes...The thing about the tongue and teeth!! Funny? Yes! But NOT nice!!

17.Any big diasters?
Yes. When we were driven to our motel, they put us into a motel and we saw a guy sleeping on a bed and he was surrounded by beer bottles.
Not knowing aobut motels, I said to Bernie.Maybe this is a two bedroom one!"
Good thing that Norm and Sue Dube were with us. Susan was just so put out did she ever give the motel manager a tongur lashing!!
The guy had given us the wrong room number!!

18.Where did yiu go on your honeymoon?
Niagara Falls..Romantic, eh? Well it was only 11 miles from Welland. Norm and Sue drove us there and we had to take a cab home three days later!

19. How long were you gone?
Yes..Us too Sioux. Bernie had to be back to work for the midnight shift on Monday.

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change?
Nope nothing really..well, except one thing. We knew nothing about seatng the guests and my poor great Aunt Della ended up in the very back row. THAT I woould have changed!

21. Which side of the bed do you sleep?
The right side! That way I will never get up on the wrong side of the bed!!

22.What size of bed do you have?
I am a fat-so. We have a queen size bed. There has to room for that cat too, you know!

23. Greatest strength as a couple?
We share the same intersts in life and both are Chrisians.
The only time you ever see one without the other is when one of us is working.

24. Greatest Challenges?
Gee, I can't say as if there IS any challenge..I don't know Sioux.
Except maybe our health.

25. Who pays the bills?
I pay the bills but I really think that Bernie SHOULD be learning how, although the time I broke my leg and was laid up for a while, Bernie was paying the bills and shopping and it DID seem we had a lot of more money left!!

26. Your song?
"Many a Tear Has To Fall"...Cliff Richards

27. What did you dance your first dance to?
Aw Shucks! We didn't HAVE a dance at our wedding..

28.Decribe your wedding dress.
Well you saw my wedding dress on my blog Sioux!

29.What kind of flowers did you have?
I had white mums that were dyed pink!

30. Are your wedding band engraved?
No,,Mine isn't and Bernie doesn't have one..

How old were you when you were married?
We were both 22, I think..

Sioux you darling Thanks for the memories!!....Love Terry

Please forgive any spelling errors.
This took me over an hour to print out!! Too tired to check the spelling!!
Terry said…
Give the Turtle another hug for me and a hug for you and Raf too!! Love Terry
Lisa said…
I had such fun reading your answers! Knew from the first moment, eh? So did we! *LOL*
molly said…
Thank you for the sweet comment on our blog! I perused yours as well and hope to read farther back soon! Your grandchildren are beautiful! :) I have seen this meme a couple of times now and just might do it... It looks fun!
nel said…
I loved reading this...what a fun day and such positive, happy memories...Nl
Lisa said…
This was so fun Sioux! I laughed out loud at the story about the guy kicking at your fire. lol The whole thing was great.

Congrats on 30 years. That's wonderful!
PEA said…
I've seen this meme on other blogs too and I so enjoyed reading your answers to it...I'm just SO happy that you found the love of your life:-) Sue, can you please email me your home address? Tomorrow I'll let you know who your partner for the Bunny Swap will be:-) My email is Thank you!! xoxo

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