Friday, April 23, 2010

It's Our 25th (SILVER) Wedding Anniversary





On April 25, 1985, my wife and I were married. After 25 years of blissful marriage, we had four offsprings- 3 boys and 1 girl. Our eldest is already 24 years old and is working in a call center at Cubao, Metro Manila. Our second eldest is 20 years old and is also working in an insurance firm in Makati, Metro Manila. Our third and youngest son is entering 3rd year high school in June and our youngest and only girl is 8 years old and will enter grade 3 this June also. We would have wanted to hold a special renewal of vows and a grand celebration with family, relatives and friends. We would have been so overjoyed by this momentous event. But it would not be so. My wife is in the US working and my children and I are in the Philippines. Why do I feel so lonely and empty inside? Because my wife cannot come to the Philippines because her papers are not yet in order and if she does, she could no longer go back to the US to work again. But even though this has happened, I am still very happy and joyful for I know that my God has something better in store for all of us. I will be cooking spaghetti with carbonara sauce for my kids as we thank God for all the blessings we have so abundantly received from Him. It's a dual celebration because the 26th of April is the 24th birthday of my eldest son. In all these things, all I can say is "TO GOD BE THE GLORY NOW AND FOREVERMORE."


Tags: 25th Wedding Anniversary, Silver Wedding Anniversary, Marriage, Love, Family, Children, Blissful Years, Blessings, Abundance, Joy, Victorious Christian Life, To God B e The Glory

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Anniversary/Marriage/Family

32 comments:

Mama Ko said...

Happy Silver Anniversary Sir mel. Best wishes and happy marriage life. I know your marriage will last a lifetime. You overcome the 25 years and Im sure you will pass another 50 years of happy marriage.

Sana ganyan din ako aw kami pala ano. I really dream to have a lasting marriage. We will try to work out on it and hope tulad sa inyo maka 25 years mn lang. Your kids and wife are so lucky to have you as husband and father. Happy Anniversary again. More good health, happy life in the next 100 years to come.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shy,
Maraming salamat. Although hindi natupad yung matagal ko nang pangarap na renewal of marriage vows namin for our Silver Wedding Anniversary, masaya na rin ako dahil we lasted that long. Pareho na kaming nagmature nang outlook sa buhay after more than 3 years na nasa States si misis. Hindi na namin iniisip ang sarili namin kundi ang kapakanan nang future nang kids namin. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

Happy Silver Anniversary sa inyo po =) NIce family photos.. goodlooking family =)

I second the motion with Shydub.. Sana kami rin po. I'm confident naman po with God's grace and guidance..

Sana maayos na po ang papers ng wife nyo para magkasama sama na kayo. I admire you both for your sacrifices. Im sure in the end, magbubunga din ang mga sacrifices nyo. Pwedi naman din po kayo magpa-renew ng vows sa next anniversary nyo or kaya pag 30 years..

Advance Happy Birthday din sa inyong eldest =) Happy weekend =)

Bluebirdy said...

Finally I am able to log in so I can leave you a comment!

CONGRATULATIONS ON 25 YEARS OF MARRIAGE! ITS AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR THESE DAYS, AND FOR ALL THE TRIALS YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH!!! I feel your heartache deeply for not being able to get together, because my husband and I are in the same situation. We have had daydreams of getting on a cruise ship somewhere, in between all countries, not having to deal with borders and papers, etc. but then learned that we still have to get visitors visas to any country that the ship starts at and goes to. It's still a nice thought though. A cruise is all inclusive, so all food, activities, assistance from the staff is all included in the cruise,and they treat you really well an even have doctors and nurses on board for my health problems. Many elderly choose to just cruise permanently because its cheaper than the daily cost of a nursing home and the treatment is much better. I think we are still hoping we can arrange some cruises in the future.I hope you and your wife can do that when her paperwork gets straightened out. I don't think it will be much longer. There are a lot of discussions about Obama's new immigration rules.
GOD BLESS YOUR MARRIAGE! May it last forever!
SHEILA

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bambie dear,
Thank you so much for your greetings and wishes. I really appreciate that. Only God knows how long my wife will be able to get her papers in order in the States. She's planning to petition the two youngest first if ever because they have a better chance to be petitioned than my two elder sons who are already beyond twenty years of age. I hope and pray that both you and Shy will have a very successful marriage that will last a lifetime. Thank you so much for your visit and very kind comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shiela,
Thank you so much for your greetings and wishes for us. Yes, by God's grace we will be finally reunited one day. But we are not disappointed for we know that God's timing is perfect. No, I don't think we can ever afford those cruises. It's beyond our budget and we have more important priorities to spend on than spending money for ourselves. Just a nice vacation in Baguio or Palawan in the Philippines will be more than enough for us. We are looking beyond ourselves already and plan everything for our kids alone. Thanks for your visit and very inspiring comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Meretrisha,
I am sorry my friend. Your comments seemed to have been lost. I was pretty sure that I clicked the publish button but I was surprised that when I went to the blog, your comment was nowhere to be found. I waited for a day for it to appear to no avail. I apologize for inadvertently losing your comment. I am very sorry about that. I value and treasure comments for I know they come from one's heart. Sorry again. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa (my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault). Thanks for your visit and lost comments. God bless you all always.

Bchai said...

Happy 25th wedding anniversary to you and your wife, Mel! I hope that your whole family can be reunited one day (soon), and that you can all share hugs and kisses with each other.

25 years is certainly a milestone! :)

meretrisha said...

that's okay brother mel. it happened to me as well. no problem. i can always greet you again -- happy 25th wedding anniversary to you and your wife! :-)

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

happy silver wedding anniversary............

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bchai,
Thanks for your greetings and wishes. I really appreciate that. 25 years is indeed a long time but for me it seems that it was only yesterday that we were married. I know that in God's own perfect time, we will all be reunited together once again as a family. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Meretrisha,
And I will thank you again for your sincere greetings my friend. As they say, all's well that ends well. Thanks again for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Arvin,
Thank you so much for your greetings. God bless you always.

kimmy said...

Happy Anniversary! you are right, everything happens for a reason, you may not know it right now, but surely, you'll get to realize it someday.

More blessings!

MsRay said...

Happy 24th wedding anniversary, Mel. It's sad when you're away from your loved one especially on a special occasion. Hopefully, you will have a special silver wedding anniversary next year :)

God bless you and your wife. More happy and blissful years together!

MsRay said...

Ooopss....25 years of marriage na pala, Mel. I thought 24 pa lang. I am very bad when it comes to numbers. haha!

Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary!!

God bless :)

krystyna said...

I congratulate you Mel and your sweet wife with all my heart such a beautiful wedding anniversary!!!
May your dreams come true and your wife will be with you as soon as possible.

And my sincerest wishes for your son's 24th Birthday! God bless him always!

May the good Lord always supports and guides you and your beautiful Family!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kimmy,
Oh I'm so happy to hear again from you. I will visit your site. You are right. Everything happens for a reason. I just bow down to the inexorable movement of the hands of fate. Thanks for your visit and profound comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi MsRay,
That's okay my friend although you put a smile on my face. I really wished we could have celebrated our renewal of vows and a sumptuous feast with family, relatives and friends but fate intervened and decreed otherwise. Anyway I am still happy because I know that God has something better in store for us. Thanks for your valuable visit and comments. I always appreciate that. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
Thank you so much for your very generous greetings and wishes. I really appreciate that. Thanks also for your birthday wishes for our eldest son. Thanks for your visit and very generous comments. God bless you all always.

Dhemz said...

oh my gosh...am so so sorry KuyaMel kung ngayon lang ako napadpad dito...at inde kita na greet on time...sensya na po talaga....very loving and sweet naman tong post mo....

I would like to congratulate you and your wife....way to go! 25 years is long enough....I wish you more 25+ years to come...I admire you guys...I was 1 year-old something pala when you guys got married....eehehheh!

woi, Happy Birthday pala sa eldest mo....:)

ang salap naman nang handa mo Kuya...may leftover paba? ehheheh!

btw, I like the family picture...what a happy family you have there....thanks for sharing!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
Ikaw Dhemz ha, pilya ka talaga. At sinabi pang 1 year old lang siya nung ikinasal kami nang asawa ko, salbahe ka talaga, hehehe, binisto mo na datan na ako, lol. Medyo malungkot talaga dahil dapat nagka renewal of vows kami kaya lang ganun talaga ang kapalaran. Tanggapin na lamang. Simple lang naman ang handa namin, lingini in carbonara sauce at bumili nang chocolate rolls yung panganay ko sa Red Ribbon. Someday siguro in God's time ay magkakasama sama din kaming lahat at duon ang tunay na selebrasyon namin. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

teJan said...

Oi! WOW! God is GREAT! I got watery eyed upon reading and knowing this brother Mel... Congratulations! I know theres this special link between couples even you are away from each other physically!

Oh! May the Lord keep an eye on your whole family! More blessings and its really a great thing to celebrate!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi teJan,
Aaminin ko na masakit na dumating yung 25th anniversary nang celebration nang kasal namin na plano ko sanang mag renewal of vows pero hindi natuloy dahil nasa America pa si misis at hindi pwedeng umuwi hangga't hindi pa in order ang papers niya. We just leave everything to the tender mercy and grace of God. We just had a simple celebration with my kids and I cook linguini with carbonara sauce and my eldest (who celebrated his birthday the following day) brought chocolate rolls from Red Ribbon. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you all always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

Thank you din Sir Mel.. sana nga ay magkasama sama na kayo lahat pagdating ng panahon =) Thanks for continous inspirational messages at ang mga posts nyo po =) God bless you more =)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bambie dear,
Yan din talaga ang panalangin naming lahat, na magkasama sama na kaming lahat. Thanks for your visit and greetings. God bless you all always.

Pia said...

i missed it! shucks.

anyhow, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! may you have many more to come. stay blessed my friend.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi sis Pia,
Thanks for your greetings and your visit. God bless you always.

Sam said...

Happy silver anniversary to you and your wife Mel. That is a milestone. Congratulations and God bless you and your family.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Sam,
Thank you so much for your greetings. I really appreciate that. Thanks also for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Lotus Flower said...

Hello Mel,

This might be a belated greet to more and happier marriage anniversary celebrations ahead.. I know that you and your wife will be united in happiness not long from now..

Love always triumphs!

Godspeed.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Lotus Flower,
Thank you so much for you greetings and encouraging words. I really appreciate that. Thanks also for your
visit and comments. God bless you all always.

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