Heike and Paul

18 August 2012

the happy couple

My reading during the wedding ceremony:


A marriage is a promise
That two hearts gladly make
A promise to be tender
To help, to give and take

A marriage is a promise
To be kind and understanding
To be thoughtful and considerate
Fair and understanding

A marriage is a promise
To share one life together
A love-filled promise meant to be
Kept lovingly forever

my happy family

My speech during dinner:

There are no words to express my joy of being here today and able to witness Heike and Paul making their commitment to each other in front of family and friends.
It has been a real pleasure to get to know Paul since I moved to B... just over 4 years ago and I have grown to love him as a son and I know that he and Heike will be very happy together.

I would like to thank you both for giving life to Logan and Isaac, the most beautiful grandchildren anybody could wish for. It has been a real privilege to be part of your life so much and see you grow, both as a couple and as a family.

Earlier this year I came across a recipe I would love to share with you. I hope that it will be something you are both willing do and "cook" each day. The ingredients can not be bought in any shop, but they are freely available, if you choose to do so.

You will need:
2 Hearts Full of Love
2 Heaping Cups of Kindness
2 Armfuls of Gentleness
2 Cups of Friendship
2 Cups of Joy
2 Big Hearts Full of Forgiveness
1 Lifetime of Togetherness
2 Minds Full of Tenderness

The Method is:
Stir daily with Happiness, Humor and Patience.
Serve with Warmth and Compassion, Respect and Loyalty.

I know that it was not love at first sight as Paul thought that you, Heike, were very stuck up. And even worse, Heike, you thought that Paul was an idiot when you first met him when you were working behind the bar at R...'s. Shortly afterwards Heike, you went for a year to Switzerland and you forgot about each other. On your return, you met up again at R...'s, this time Paul was working behind the bar. With time you became good friends, even if in those early days the conversation was mostly about problems you both faced in your relationship with somebody else. Eventually those relationships collapsed, your friendship remained and you were supporting each other and became ever more important to each other. One day you both realized that what you felt for each other was more than friendship. The wonderful feeling that you have found your best friend, that you have "arrived" and are "at home". May it never leave you again. I would like to wish you both all the very best for a very happy future.

To close I would like to share some words from 1. Corinthians 13 with you:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
And these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

God bless you both.

my happy family