Mr. Ferrero Rocher and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary today. In some ways it doesn't seem that long ago that we were married, yet in other ways it seems like we've been married forever. Here are some fun facts about our special day:
1. We were married on my parents 18th wedding anniversary.
2. We were scheduled to be the first ones married at 7 am but Mr. Ferrero Rocher showed up a little over half an hour later than he was supposed to, scaring me just a little. We were the second ones to be sealed that day in the Salt Lake Temple.
3. Taking pictures afterwards was COLD. I guess you can't expect anything different when you marry in December.
4. Instead of an evening reception we held a luncheon reception at noon.
5. Since it was so close to Christmas decorating was easy. We set up a Christmas tree to put the gifts under. The ornaments represented our different interests - musical instruments for me, cowboy hats, bales, and tractors for Mr. Ferrero Rocher.
6. Our littlest sisters received matching dresses to wear. We still have one that my daughters love to use for dress-up.
7. My wonderful Mexican grandmother as well as aunts, cousins, second cousins, etc. cooked a delicious, as-authentic-as-you-can-get Mexican meal to serve. Here are my Guelito and Guelita with a surprise guest.
8. President Gordon B. Hinckley was our sealer.
9. We didn't expect to see him at our reception.
10. Even better he brought along his sweet wife, Marjorie. They are pictured here with my other grandparents, Avi & Yaya.
11. My wedding dress is a replica of my great-grandmother's dress who married 100 years ago in 1907.
12. We honeymooned in Nauvoo, Illinois. It was the perfect time to go. No crowds at all. In fact I think we were the only ones the day before Christmas. Consequently the tour guides let us go everywhere and do more than tourists are normally allowed to do. It was so much fun!
13. We are still blissfully happy. Here's to another 13 years!
For the next several days I will be posting about the World Congress of Families. This year it is being held in Sydney, Australia. Remember how we helped to raise funds for Angela to attend? She is sending daily reports of the presentations, interviews she is able to have, and more. I am excited to share with you what she is experiencing. There are so many around the world - politicians, religious leaders, community organizers, trained professionals, and others - who are dedicated to defending the family. I will try to post each day's events in order so you are not reading them backwards as you scroll down. I have broken up Angela's summaries into several posts so it isn't overwhelming to see a HUGE post. Remember, if you have any questions you would like her to ask when she gives her interviews, leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to her.