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Postcard from Up North

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. Many many years Maureen and Dan!

  2. malika on July 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM

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

  3. Anne Cashill on July 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

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

  4. Jody Atty on July 6, 2014 at 7:48 PM

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

  5. Deborah on July 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Congratulations. You look beautiful. Love your blog.

  6. Jim Albert on July 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

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

  7. Tina Wilson on July 6, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    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!

  8. carol logan on July 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM


  9. Marjorie Snow on July 6, 2014 at 8:38 PM


  10. verna on July 6, 2014 at 8:43 PM

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

  11. Donna on July 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM

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

  12. Grand Pam on July 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

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

  13. Denise Thomas on July 6, 2014 at 9:44 PM

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

  14. Donna on July 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Mabrouk Maureen!

  15. Amy S on July 7, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Congratulations to you both!!

  16. TasteofBeirut on July 7, 2014 at 12:32 AM

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

  17. Roger Toomey on July 7, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    1 Cor 13

  18. Fiona on July 7, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    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.

  19. Paula on July 7, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    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


  20. Wed on July 7, 2014 at 6:02 AM

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

  21. Lynda on July 7, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Best wishes for a wonderful life together!!

  22. Julie Gibson on July 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    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,

  23. Teresa on July 7, 2014 at 7:45 AM

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

  24. Claire Tromeur on July 7, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    MABROUK ! !!!!

  25. Mimi on July 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    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 !!

  26. Bill B. on July 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    May you always be as happy as you are today!

  27. Jill Silverman Hough on July 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

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

  28. Antonia Allegra on July 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    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

  29. Joni Fine on July 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

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

  30. Vanita Mirchandani on July 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Many Congratulations. God bless.

  31. Elizabeth Quinn on July 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    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!

  32. Sophia Stavropoulos on July 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

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

  33. Riyad A. Abboud on July 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    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

  34. Brian on July 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

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

  35. Laura on July 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

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

  36. Bonnie miller on July 9, 2014 at 10:46 PM

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

  37. Jehanne on July 10, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    U both look gorgeous, congratulations !

  38. Grace Diab Koennecke on July 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    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!

  39. Carol at Wild Goose Tea on July 12, 2014 at 7:56 PM

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

  40. Jerry Wakeen on July 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    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?

    • Maureen Abood on July 15, 2014 at 8:13 AM

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

  41. paul zeidan on July 17, 2014 at 7:42 AM

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

  42. Alice Chambers on August 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    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

    • Maureen Abood on August 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      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!

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