I can’t help but spread a little cheer. My brother has just announced his engagement to the lovely lady in the photo below. They both have suffered a lot through previous “marriages,” which have been annulled. God is giving them a second chance to do things rightly.
All I can say is, congratulations! And welcome to the family!
And then I have two bits of advice for all Engaged Couples.
Advice for Engaged Couples
- Start praying together now, if you aren’t already. (This goes for you married couples too.) This is so important. Not only will it help you when things get tough, but just think of the example you are setting for your children.
- Go to confession. We are all sinners, and we all need to frequent this sacrament. (Married couples included.) So, go to confession!
By the way, I understand that my brother’s fiancé is 100% Italian. This is exciting for our family because we are mostly German and Norwegian, with a little Dutch sprinkled on top.
But the Dutch part is very important, as I will never forget my Grandfather explaining his heritage and last name. “You see, Kim, our last name used to be ‘Van Dubbelden’ in the Old Country, but now it’s Dubbelde, which is a little more American. But don’t you ever forget,” and here he stopped, looked me straight in the eye, pointed his finger at me, and said, “If ya ain’t Dutch, ya ain’t much!”
Well, I’m glad I’m Dutch. But, I look forward to having an Italian in the family. I love their wine. (After all who ever heard of a Dutch wine? Or a Norwegian wine?)
*Answer: St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Not built by the Dutch or the Italians, but by the French of course.