Postcard from Up North

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Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. ~ Mt 7:7

(These words never felt truer, or more humbling, than this past weekend when Dan Shaheen and I were married Up North in Michigan. I can’t wait to share more with you about that soon, including photos of a beautiful day–and a cake!–to remember.)

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  1. Alice Chambers says:

    Maureen, I’m so very happy for you and your Dan.. Congratulations to you both. I don’t know if you remember me from Wells and Monroe in Chicago? I’ve been followiing your blog for some time – it’s delightful – and I’m waiting for your cookbook to come out next summer. I wish you and Dan every blessing. Alice

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Alice!! How wonderful to hear from you! Of course I remember you and I hope all is well with you and your family. Thank you so much for your good wishes and for taking time to write! Sending you a big hug!

  2. paul zeidan says:

    Mabrook to the happy couple. May our lebanese heritage continue. hope you have a good time with your new cousins from Lebanon.

  3. Jerry Wakeen says:

    Am late but glad I saw your marriage email. Congratulations of course Mrs. Shaheen. There was a Shaheed lady that lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin about 70 years ago, any relation to Dan?

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Thank you Jerry–no relation to the La Crosse Shaheens that we know of, but perhaps somewhere along the line there is a connection!

  4. Carol at Wild Goose Tea says:

    What a beautiful picture. I almost missed that most, because I was caught up in the corn salad and all the relatives. Congratulations—truly!!!

  5. Grace Diab Koennecke says:

    May God grant you many years of happiness, love and prosperity together. So happy for you! By the way love your website, your blog and recipes. You represent Lebanon graciously! You are a true ambassador to our culture! Best wishes for success always!

  6. Jehanne says:

    U both look gorgeous, congratulations !

  7. Bonnie miller says:

    Maureen, I am so very happy for you. I hear the wedding was beautiful. How could it not be? Congratulations! 🙂

  8. Laura says:

    Congratulations! I also have Shaheens in my family tree – but they hail from Connecticut. Maybe we are now cousins??? hehe. 🙂

  9. Brian says:

    Congratulations Maureen and wishing you and Dan all the very best!!

  10. Riyad A. Abboud says:

    You both asked, and were given each other. Jesus meant these words. He is truthful and compassionate. He also said that anyone exercising faith in him will not be destroyed but will have everlasting life. So my hope is that both of you attain to everlasting life in paradise on earth, together with your loved ones. That was God’s original purpose when he created Adam and Eve.
    I hope that you will see your Grand mother Nabiha when she will be resurrected.
    Mabrook to both, Maureen and Dan

  11. Sophia Stavropoulos says:

    Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together! Beautiful pic!!

  12. Elizabeth Quinn says:

    Best wishes to you both. You have joined in love and in great joy. May these continue to be ever present in your lives. May God bless you!

  13. Vanita Mirchandani says:

    Many Congratulations. God bless.

  14. Joni Fine says:

    Wishing you many Blessings and much Happiness on your new journey.

  15. Antonia Allegra says:

    The gracefulness captured in your wedding day photo shows how you so love each other, dearest Maureen and Dan. Peace, joy, patience and laughter all your lives. XOOX Toni

  16. Jill Silverman Hough says:

    Beautiful–you’re such a class act, Maureen! Congratulations–and all the best!!!

  17. Bill B. says:

    May you always be as happy as you are today!

  18. Mimi says:

    Mabrouk Maureen I am so happy for you ! you deserve the best, you have a beautiful soul, I love how you make me laugh/cry /smile with your posts. All the best !!

  19. Claire Tromeur says:

    MABROUK ! !!!!

  20. Teresa says:

    Congratulations to the both of you! Wishing you a lifetime of happy and joyous years together!

  21. Julie Gibson says:

    So happy for you and Dan! Cannot wait to see more photo’s! Many wishes for a lifetime of happiness for you both!
    Much Love,

  22. Lynda says:

    Best wishes for a wonderful life together!!

  23. Wed says:

    Congratulations and best wishes to both of you.May you have a life time of happiness, joy, good health and the best of luck.

  24. Paula says:

    Dear Maureen,

    I’m so happy that you’ve met such a wonderful person to share your life with.

    I can’t wait to see photos of that special day when you’ve looked so beautiful.

    The best is yet to come.

    Warmest embrace


  25. Fiona says:

    Congratulations! and Alfa Mabrouk to you both.!
    Dan is so very lucky marrying a wonderful cook like you!
    I am looking forward to seeing the photos of your special day.

  26. Roger Toomey says:

    1 Cor 13

  27. TasteofBeirut says:

    Congratulations to you and as the priest used to say (my personal experience): Hope for many many children out of this union! 🙂

  28. Amy S says:

    Congratulations to you both!!

  29. Donna says:

    Mabrouk Maureen!

  30. Denise Thomas says:

    What a beautiful couple!! Can’t wait to see more pictures. So happy for you
    Love. Denise

  31. Grand Pam says:

    So very happy to hear this news. May your love for each other grow deeper each day

  32. Donna says:

    You, the dress, the flower in your hair, Dan, that beautiful setting and Matthew 7:7 Perfect and true!

  33. verna says:

    Wishing you and Dan many, many years filled with joy and love. Looking forward to reading all the details and seeing some wedding pictures.

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  36. Tina Wilson says:

    I’m so happy for you Maureen. Even though we’ve never met in person, I feel like I know you and now Dan, too. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and great joy together. I’m sure that your wedding was absolutely beautiful!

  37. Jim Albert says:

    Congratulations to both of you. A match made in Heaven!

  38. Deborah says:

    Congratulations. You look beautiful. Love your blog.

  39. Jody Atty says:

    So very happy for you, cousin! Much happiness & many years!!!

  40. Anne Cashill says:

    I can’t wait to hear all the details and see the photos. I am sure it was a beautiful and special celebration.

  41. malika says:

    I wish you a lot of lovely moments it is always a pleasure to have some news from a generous person like you

  42. Diane Nassir (My maternal grandmother was an Abowd) says:

    Many many years Maureen and Dan!