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3 Weddings on 3 Continents ...

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Published on Nov 25, 2015

Almost 60, we're back again in Africa, back home from the Americas, and celebrating the 44y survival of our love-story, against all odds. Each year I find a unique way of telling Jen (Lizzie in the novels) how grateful I am that we fell in love as teenagers and that we still love each other. This video (that’s Elvis’ great voice & song!) is the latest. There were no selfies back then, so I got an artist friend to paint the “missing scenes” I needed, from period photos and my descriptions of the settings, to make this video possible. It’s really our “victory lap”. You see, back 40 years ago, her mother was determined to choose Jen’s career, her future husband and even a new country for her. Seemed to me there was way too much “choosing” going on - and none of it was in my favor! Her husband (not me) was to be Dave, a rich school-chum of Prince Andrew, the country (Canada) was at the other end of the world from me (then still in S. Africa) and the career (Physiotherapy) was nothing Jen ever wanted! Fortunately (and at great personal cost) at age 22 Jen ran away from Canada and her mother, back to Cape Town, S. Africa, thus choosing her own husband (me) then later her own career (She’s the world's most famous woman Low-Carb cookbook author) and ultimately her own country (far, far away - far south of mother's cold-shoulder - and the cold weather in Canada!) That all took tremendous courage on Jen's part, since her mother made it very clear that she'd disown her for doing any of that! She did, and though we tried for 28 years to get her to change, she steadfastly refused, saying: “I’m too old to change! I refuse to change! I'll forget I ever had you - I'll get myself another daughter, you're no longer my daughter!" Well, as you’ll see in this video, that kind of rejection is very painful for children and grandchildren - but God can help us deal with it! There’s a basic moral to this story … If God sees fit to give us all a free-will, then nobody (not even a mother!) has the right to take it away from us, even if they feel they’re doing so in their child's best interest. So Jen lost much of her childhood family, but along the way she used that God-given Free-will to choose to accept Jesus as her Savior, becoming a Christian, as too, later, did I. So it was that she was adopted into a new family, a loving family ... one with a Perfect Daddy! (Psalm 27:10 )The losses, though they've been painful, need to put into perspective - as none of us live on this earth forever and earthly families are temporary. The gains, however, are infinite and everlasting! The mother saw to it that Jen hardly ever got to see her dad ... but he snuck in many visits to us over the years, anyway! On the last day she ever saw him, Jen led her own dad to the Lord (how neat is that? What an honor!) plus, as you'll see, we were rewarded with an enduring love-story that we both treasure - though we are quick to admit it's simply part of a much bigger, more important love-story .... God's Love for all of us (John 3:16). A lot of people say "I'd like a Fairy-tale life!" But they forget, fairy-tales aren't easy-going, cozy little stories -they're sad, dangerous, tough stories, but fortunately they have happy endings ... So too did ours. For that we're truly grateful and we both thank God, often!

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    • Elvis Presley
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    • George David Weiss, Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti
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