My wife and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with a group of friends last night. We had a chocolate tasting at Xoxolat (pronounced shṓ-shṓ-lặ). Who knew there were 400 notes of flavour in chocolate? Following this we walked down the street to enjoy delicious curries at Atithi Restaurant. During the course of the evening we men were encouraged to propose a toast to our wives. Here, said better than I said last night, is my toast to Maureen.

There are many wonderful things I could say about Maureen. Some of you know her from her job where she is well-paid to pay attention to detail and make the lives of busy executives run smoothly. She is extremely good at what she does. But for many years she did her greatest work as a mother who cared for our three daughters and made our home run efficiently. There are many ways I could honour her but I think that one of the greatest tributes I could bring to her is the fact that our grown daughters love her. To have adult children who continue to love her and look to her for advice is a tremendous blessing. I too also blessed to be in love with this woman after 31 years of marriage. Please raise a glass in toast to Maureen!

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. . . . Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her . . .” Proverbs 31:10, 28.

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