My dress was ready, made by my late friend Barbara and my friend Marina rushed to the florist to pick up my floral headdress.
Rick and I had written our vows.
Then it was there.
We exchanged our vows, led by Father Robbert, and aided by my daughter, ate very well, danced to "Love is better the second time around" chatted with our friends.
Like all newly formed couples we weren't sure what would happen next.
What did has amazed me. I am happier than I have ever been in my life and I've been happy most of my life.
Our problems were external such as living permission, a birth certificate issued with a wrong date, filling out tons of paperwork.
We were tested with my cancer which only made our couple stronger.
We learned to humor each other, talk things out, negotiate. Mostly we have had fun in little and big things. Watching a DVD at the end of the day or a romantic evening in Liechtenstein, trips to exotic places or walking to the tearoom around the corner.
What a surprise my friend had for us that night. Friends and neighbors came into celebrate with us.
The legal ceremony may keep the authorities happy, a good thing.
What really counts for me was four years ago when I shared my heart and soul with a wonderful man.
Today I reread our vows. They have been lived up to.
I cannot give you my heart today for you already have it. You came back into my life when it was full and you made it even fuller.
I know you’ve made tremendous changes so we can blend out lives and every day in every way I promise that I will make you glad you did.
I want to encourage you in your great strengths: your kindness, your lovingness, your creativity, your warmth.
I will be there for you when dark clouds cross our horizons and together we will find the sun even on the blackest days.
I loved you, I love you, I will love you.