On February 1, 1997, Minhee and I exchanged vows and committed ourselves to Christ, one another, our family and community – the journey of loving, serving, and growing as husband and wife. Today, we celebrate our 12th anniversary. I know that it is customary [and wise] to speak well of your spouse on your anniversary but Minhee truly is an expression and embodiment of God’s grace and beauty to my life. Our marriage – while clearly not perfect – remains focused on the three pillars I often share with others: Passion. Vision. Mission. [another blogpost]
We met in Korea and dated for a week before I returned to the States. We engaged in many phone calls and probably exchanged over a thousand letters since we both weren’t using this technology called ‘electronic mail.’
And while people boast of their marriage proposal stories, I’m pretty sure mine is the most romantic and unique:
The summer before our wedding [while I was still a student in seminary in New Jersey], I put on my best suit, got on my knees, picked up the phone to call Minhee in Korea, and in my best Korean drama voice…asked her to marry me.
Here’s our wedding photo that still continues to amaze people. Minhee looks her usual photogenic self and I’ve been told I look “very different.”
Yes, that is me and not Minhee’s first husband. 12 years and according to my guesstimation, 52 more years to go. Happy Anniversary, Minhee! And thank you, God, for the allowing me to journey through this life with this partner of passion, vision, and mission.
Feel free to share advice and encouragement.
And we always welcome your prayers for our marriage, family, and pursuits to be recipients and agents of transformation.