- Jul 5, 2010
So glad I got a computer working in time to vote for your picture. Wishing you the best.
Hi Joanne, I already told you that I voted for you and for me there wasn't alot of competition in it. Your wedding was amazing. It was full of fun and energy, it was a pleasure to read about.
Thank you for sharing it all with us and good luck with the competition xxx
My sweet Ruth - Thank you so much!! I am humbled by the amount of people who have told me that they have enjoyed reading about our day!!! Thank you so much for your vote!!!So glad I got a computer working in time to vote for your picture. Wishing you the best.
I recognized you immediately in the DWB nomination photo, but I didn't recognize the photo even though I've been lurking in your PJ forever and should have noticed it. I have to say, it's a gorgeous photo and I knew immediately that I had to vote for it. Good luck to both of you - it would be thrilling if you win!!
Susan sweetie - Thank you so much for voting. I am humbled that so many of my dear friends on the boards have been good enough to vote for us. It's good to hear from you again, sweetie!!Hi! I just finished reading through your whole pj and tr and it looks like you had such a special and beautiful day. I had so much fun reading! I definitely had moments of goosebumps during your ceremony posts. I am so happy to see a couple that is so in love. Here's a very belated congratluations!
Thought I'd drop by and say hello. I haven't been on the "wedding thread" much but I've been hanging around the DisBoards occasionally.
Hope all is well with you and your family. Steve & I are doing well. We'll be at Disney in May and then we're planning a cruise to Alaska for 2013 (with the two couples that came to our VR). It's a 12-night sea & land tour. I cannot wait!
Anyway...just wanted to drop in and say hello! Take care!
Michelle sweetie - How lovely to hear from you!!!Hello Joanne, I miss reading your journal, I sent you a pm today, hope you get it. This time last year was so exciting! I also voted for you, your picture was the best!!!
glad to see you have not wrapped the rest of your trip up. Makes me feel less of a slacker. Beautiful as always.
Happy Anniversary Joanne and Paul!!
Happy Anniversary Joanne & Paul
You guys are the best!!!! Thank you so much for remembering!!! We had a wonderful anniversary week, which I will review, for all interested parties, as soon as I can. Thank you all for your continuing love and friendship!!!! It is so appreciated!!Happy Anniversary!!!
Well I found this (10 years later), but that first post sure has me hooked. I tried the watch button, but it didn't tell me how to find this again, so I have to post now so I can find it again to read it all.Okay I have been a lurker/poster on these boards for some time now, but today I finally had my deposit processed, my ceremony confirmed and we are official, so I guess it's time to start a PJ!!!
I am Joanne, aged 47, a paramedic and Disney fanatic
My husband is Paul aged 41, a postman (mailman). He is a golf freak and plays whenever he can!!
Our children are:-
Mark 24 (see below).
Emily 22 just graduated from Surrey university with a Bsc in business management. Emily is a part-time cast member at her local Disney Store and completed the International student programme in WDW two summers ago.
Henry 20 in his final year at Aberystwyth university studying drama (sees himself as the next Johnny Depp!!)
Alfie 10 still in primary school and an absolute gaming fanatic!!
About 12 years ago, I walked out on an abusive, adulterous husband with three children and the clothes we stood up in. My children (Mark who was 12 and severely disabled, Emily who was 10 and Henry who was 8) and I went to live with my parents for a while, before finding a house to rent near my parents in the beautiful English Lake District.
We settled in to our new life, but after a while Mark's disabilities became too much for me to handle alone. He has Down's Syndrome and severe autism. After much fighting with different authorities, I managed to find him a wonderful house very nearby where he is one of five residents and has one-to-one care 24 hours a day. Mark settled easily and to this day I know I made the right decision for him to move into his new home. However, at the time, the guilt associated with this decision was overwhelming. As a side note, I would like to add that Mark remains in his house today and we see him most days. He is happy and secure. Unfortuately, both health and practicalities will prevent him from joining us in Florida for the VR. He will, of course be with us in our hearts as he always is.
This story is really just to illustrate what a low point I was at when I met my wonderful husband Paul.
One evening, when I was feeling particularly down, my brother persuaded me to go and watch him play cricket (a strange English game). I decided to go, if only to give Emily and Henry the chance to run around in the late summer sunshine.
At the end of the match, I was helping my brother pack up the cricket equipment, when a tall man came across to help. My brother said 'Oh Joanne, this is Paul' and I looked up into the most amazing blue eyes and immediately felt my heart jump!!! We chatted for a while and got on so well!! Needless to say, I was very keen to go and watch my brother's cricket matches from then on!!
To cut a long story short, after a few times socializing at the cricket matches, Paul asked me to the cinema and we have been inseperable ever since!!
Paul helped me to come to terms with all the things in my past and became a father to my three children.
Soon we moved in together and the day I discovered I was pregnant with our son Alfie (now 10), Paul proposed. We married when Alfie was 5 months old and we celebrated our 10th anniversary in April.
Although we had a lovely wedding, it was done quickly and cheaply (church hall reception, hired dress etc) and I always dreamed we would one day have a dream vow renewal.
We have just come through a tough time both emotionally and health wise and since we now feel our marriage is stronger than ever, it seems the perfect time to put our dream VR plans into action!!!
Ideally it would have been wonderful to have done our VR on our 10th anniversary last April, but with two children at university (my daughter just graduated last week ), the time just wasn't right.
So now it is booked for next May.
When planning our VR, it was always going to be in WDW!! I am a lifelong Disney fanatic and my one luxury in life is my DVC membership (AKV and BLT). The children have been brought up to be Disney fanatics too. Paul (bless him) enjoys the parks, but struggles to understand the passion the children and I share!!
I hope that some of you will follow along with my PJ and not becoome too bored with the whole thing. It will be lovely to chat along with new Disfriends!!