21st wedding anniversary

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married for 21 yearsTwenty one years ago, I married my boyfriend of 7 years. We’ve had 21 years of [tag]marriage[/tag] and 28 years as a couple. Inspite of the catfights, diverse personalities and the death of our precious son, we are still together. How did we do it? I don’t know. It must be the hopeless romantics in us that keeps us together. I credit my husband for never giving up on me during those times I gave up on him. We celebrated our [tag]wedding anniversary[/tag] with a simple dinner at Via Mare with our 2 daughters. Before dinner we attended the book launch of “Journey beyond the Great Wall” at the National Bookstore , Shangrila Plaza Mall.

oystersFor appetizers, Butch ordered oysters. I whispered “aphrodisiacs” .

But I can’t eat them“.

Too bad, Butch suffers high uric acid. I ended up eating 5 oysters.

girlsThe girls seemed happy to see us in our loving and romantic mode. Butch can be passionate and demonstrative in front of the children that I have to nudge him, “ahem. the children!“. Actually , it’s better that they see us love each other rather than fight. If it were not for the children, I would have given up on our marriage a long time ago. One of my mistakes was to concentrate too much on motherhood. I know better now and the girls understand that we need our couple time away from home.

Our wedding vows are “till death do us part”. However, my husband and I often say that we will love each other till eternal life. That’s only because we have a son in heaven who gives us hope for eternal life. For now, we practice frequent recommitment and celebration. We look forward to more years of togetherness.

Twenty one years ago…..

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1385 Posts)

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  • Hey we have the same anniversarry. My husband and I are celebrating our 9th yr anniversarry today.

    Congratulations on your 21 years. Many more years to come. *hugs*

  • Dexie: congratulations to both of us. May our marriage last for a very long time. Incidentally my friend. Alma and Mario Miclat, writers of the book “Journey beyond the Great Wall” also share the same anniversary date.

  • ann

    Hello! Happy 21st anniversary!

    Saw your link from Toe.

  • Ann: thanks for the greeting 🙂

  • Hi Noemi, finally found u. Remember me Betty Tenmatay? From UP, the girl u used to hang out with sa Sampaguita togther with Gigi and other Kalilayan members like Joseph Regalado (who is now a Pedia) , Dick Baronia(now a Neurosurgeon) and Gerry Garcia. I dont know if u still recall, but u can view my photos and maybe remember me. Drop me a line at http://bettytlopez.i.ph and my sons http://nygelnniles.i.ph
    Married late so my kids are still young ,hear from u soon

    Betty Tenmatay Lopez

  • Toe

    Happy 21st Anniversary! Nice wedding pics. Butch’s hair was still dark 21 years ago. 🙂

  • congratulations and happy anniversary to you and your husband 🙂

  • Toe: Thanks. Butch has premature graying like Taylor Hicks . hehe but Butch got it in his mid 30’s

    Cris: thanks.

  • Betty: how nice naman of you to drop by. Of course I remember you. I already have a daughter in UP diliman but she can’t get in the dorm. The good old UP days. I saw your pics ! I wish I could have a vacation in Hongkong Disneyland. I’ll surely visit your blog everyday. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Congratulations!

  • Jane: thanks

  • ade

    Congratulations! May you havemore anniversaries to come. 😉

  • Ade: of course we wish to have more anniversaries. Thanks

  • Congrats! More wedding pics!! 🙂