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I hadn't a clue what Andreas was up to when he took the microphone and started started saying things such as, Sharon and I began living together in 1974. Since then, we've raised two wonderful children, travelled and lived all over Canada, built or renovated several houses and in these and thousands of other ways shared a life of remarkable love and harmony.
I started to have a hunch where he might be headed when he said, Even after three decades, every time I wake up in the morning and look at her lying there beside me, I still feel like the luckiest guy on the planet.
No surprise - there wasn't a dry eye in the house by the time he got around to saying, So, Sharon, the concept of "taking my time" hardly begins to describe the glacial pace with which I've approached this issue, but, well ... I guess I'm finally getting around to saying formally, that if you are so inclined, and if you figure you can put up with me for another 3 decades, would you, you know ... marry me?
Photos by Michael BRADLEY. November 13, 2006

The best four person hug of my life with Sabrina, Andreas and Vanessa - in front of 150 guests! It turned out that Sabrina had known all along about this impending event. She sure knows how to keep a secret.

Da smooch!

Beyond giddy - all four of us!
Always the unrepentant story teller, The Schroeder launches into the tall tale of how he actually carved this ring out of a 12 foot length of cedar. Still and all, I have been wearing the wooden ring that he crafted on a gold chain around my neck ever since then.
Sabrina added her own entertaining touches. It's a good thing that she will be best man in our upcoming nuptuals. Vanessa will fill the role of bridesmaid. Their mother is quite ignorant of all such protocol and happy to be led.
The dress that Vanessa is wearing was made in two days - just in time for the big occassion - by her room-mate Louise THIBAUDEAU. Thanks Louise! And Vanessa & Sabrina - you both looked gorgeous. Totally.
Andreas, Vanessa, Sharon & Sabrina - all of us still giddy with the event.

I don't know why this picture is so small - my technical abilities are not always what I might wish for. Anyway, Andreas and Sabrina - my love is huge.
When Andreas proposed marriage, I was utterly gobsmacked. I still am, so rather than stumble-bumming my way along I have borrowed (with permission) some words from a long-time friend. SEE: Kissing: selected chronicles.



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