S: Joe and Lois, Forty Years Together
BC: 40 years together
FC: L | & | J
1: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF | JOE & LOIS BALFOUR | LOVE IS...
2: A BEAUTIFUL OCTOBER EVENING
3: BLAIR AND NIKKI ARRIVE TO ESCORT THE BRIDE AND GROOM
5: LOVE IS PATIENT AND KIND.
6: LOVE IS NOT JEALOUS OR BOASTFUL OR PROUD. LOVE DOES NOT DEMAND IT'S OWN WAY.
7: LOVE IS NOT IRRITABLE AND KEEPS NO RECORD OF WHEN IT HAS BEEN WRONGED.
8: F O R E V E R
10: LOVE NEVER GIVES UP, NEVER LOSES FAITH
12: LOVE IS ALWAYS HOPEFUL, AND ENDURES THROUGH EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE
15: LOVE WILL LAST FOREVER
17: BEST FRIENDS | I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER
18: THE GUESTS OF HONOR ARRIVE, AND IT'S PARTY TIME AT GIN'S DOWNTOWN LOFT!
19: APPIE'S AND CHAMPAGNE START US OFF, FOLOWED BY A FOUR COURSE MEAL AND PLENTY OF ENTERTAINMENT!
20: WINE FLOWED AND FOOD WAS SAVORED. VIRGINIA AND DAVID TOAST THE BRIDE & GROOM.
21: What's in a number? Is it like a name? It's character defined over time by the one who owns it? Probably. Numbers, I think, are a lot like love--full of equations and mystery. Sometimes unexpected, often beautiful and always absolute. And you mom have proven many. Here's just a few. Give grace generously and without judgement. Bono called it a name and also a thought that changed the world--but with you it's always an action. Wait for hope. Sometimes it comes late. But it always shows up. Disappointment may be inevitable. But so is Redemption. That power to buy back lost things, dead things. And let love surprise you, whether it multiplies, adds or subtracts. It always wins. So what's in a number? Just everything. Here's to 40 years of everything you've given us. Equations and mysteries of grace, hope, redemption and love. Here's to the bride | I came to a realization as I attempted to find fitting words to honour you, Dad: you are the only man whom I have known my entire life. And that alone makes it a singularly significant fellowship. How, then, does one condense the journey of 33 years into a few words? One perhaps begins by saying that you have a truly great heart, and you have given all of us here more gifts and blessings than we could possibly count. However, I would draw your attention to two. The first. When I was probably four years old, I had my adenoids removed. This was a fairly routine procedure in an average hospital, but not for me. This was where I learned Fear. I remember the cold hospital, the efficient uniforms, the weird and strange sights and sounds and smells. I remember you held my hand and talked to me as I lay on the bed under the bright lights until they wheeled me away and you couldn’t follow. Heart pounding, chocked with a lump in my throat and tears stinging my eyes I went, in my four year old way, alone into the darkness, away from all that was warm and familiar and safe. I learned fear. But, I also learned courage. Sometimes we must go alone and afraid into the dark with nothing for hope but the memory of a strong hand on yours and a warm voice promising to be there on the other side. I learned that courage is only found in the presence of fear, and it is a gift I have been glad to have. The second. We were camping, probably at Lac La Hache, and you showed me how to make a fire with a magnifying glass. A skill that every young boy immediately puts to use against an ant-hill. But, you gave me this: a piece of wood with my name, written in sunlight for my own. In Revelation, we are told that for those who overcome, for those who, alone and afraid, endure the darkness, God will give a new name written on a white stone, a secret name known only to those to whom it is given. Well, until then, I have this. It is not a secret. It is the name you have given me, the name I take with me into the world. It is the name I have when I am afraid in the darkness. Two gifts. The gift of courage and the gift of a name. Indeed, two very useful gifts for a man to have on this journey. And it is a strange road that we journey on, especially when one realizes that somewhere along the road he has, without losing his father, been for some time traveling with a friend. All right, three gifts then. Courage, a name, and friendship. For while we have no choice about our parents or our children, our friendships are freely chosen. I am glad that you will always be my father and I am honoured that you have chosen to be my friend. And so, a toast to the groom! Raise your glasses and drink deeply to the man who is a husband, a father,a grandfather and a friend.
22: THE SHOE GAME & DESSERT WHO MADE THE FIRST MOVE? (mom raised dad's shoe, dad raised dad's shoe) WHO IS THE BETTER COOK? (mom raised mom's shoe, dad raised dad's shoe)
23: WHO SAID "I LOVE YOU" FIRST? (mom raised dad's shoe, dad raised dad's shoe) WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO WAKE UP GRUMPY IN THE MORNING? (mom said dad, dad said mom) WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO EAT DESSERT BEFORE BREAKFAST?(mom said mom, dad said mom)
24: THERE ARE THREE THINGS THAT WILL ENDURE... FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE
25: AND THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE. ~ 1 CORINTHIANS 13