The first photo

La première photo

English version below the pictures

Voici la première photo de ma femme janine quand je la rencontrai pour la première fois en Août 1957 durant les vacances.

The first photo of Janine La première photo de Janine 1957

Here is the first photo of my wife Janine when I first met her for the first time in August 1957 during the holidays.

Mais, trop tôt pour se marier : études à terminer, service militaire à faire . Nous allions en visite dans la famille ou on se promenait dans la campagne ici et là quand nous pouvions nous rencontrer

Riding my motorcycle 1958 En moto 1958
Janine near her grandmother’s village 1958

But, too early to get married: studies to be completed, military service to be done. We would visit family here and there or riding in the countryside when we could meet.

Nous nous sommes mariés le 18 Février 1961

Just married ( the day after )

We were married on February 18, 1961

De cet amour 6 enfants sont nés.

Our six children : guitar:Pierre , up singing left to right : Carole, Thierry, Jean-Baptiste , Véronique et Isabelle
Photo taken in 2013

From this love 6 children were born

Maintenant nous avons 15 petits enfants et deux arrière petits enfants

The family 2018 ( we see on the left our oldest grand daughter Julie holding her first child : Elliot . Since then she got a second : Alix and soon a t

Now we have 15 grand children and two great grandchildren

Et nous serons heureux de fêter notre 61 ème anniversaire de mariage, Vendredi 18 Février 2022

Michel et Janine 2021

And we will enjoy our 61th wedding anniversary on next February 18. 2022

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137 Responses to The first photo

  1. Michel, a wonderful, heartwarming family story told in lovely photos! Congratulations to you and Janine on your 61st anniversary! Wishing you many more happy years together. ❤ You are still a beautiful couple.
    Love ❤

  2. kmaidy says:

    bonsoir Michel,
    vous êtes toujours souriants Janine et toi, et vous avez une belle grande famille , vous avez bien travaillé, j’espère que vous aurez une belle fête le 18.
    bises et bonne soirée à vous !

  3. murisopsis says:

    I smiled all the way through this post! You are certainly surrounded by love and a loving family!! Janine is still the same as the day you married! Happy 61st Anniversary!!

  4. atagrandma says:

    Happy 61st Anniversary! Much to be thankful for.

  5. John Hric says:

    Michel congratulations to you and Janine. What a lovely family. You are blessed.

  6. Doug Thomas says:

    Wow! What a beautiful family! Congratulations on 61 years of marriage and may you and Janine continue to have many more!

  7. cheezlouise says:

    What lovely photos and memories! We will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in April. Family is our life’s haven in a challenging world. God bless you and Janine! (You both have not changed very much. Still a handsome couple.)

  8. Lavinia Ross says:

    You and Janine are a beautiful couple, Michel, then and now. Wishing you and Janine a happy anniversary this Friday! 🙂❤️🙂

    Much love to you and the family, ❤️

  9. Caro says:

    Vous êtes toujours aussi beau .On a de la chance de vous avoir .Je vous aime très fort .On ne loupera pas le 18 février pour arroser ça 😉🍾
    Je vous souhaite une bonne soirée et vous embrasse Carole

  10. Susan Joos says:

    A beautiful life/love story, Michel. Many wishes for your continued happiness together! Happy Anniversary on the 18th!

  11. puffpop says:

    I just love this….From the young , sweet, innocent young maiden to a beautiful , youthful looking grandma and your family has grown. You leave a perfect legacy for the world. If the world were populated by such as your family, it would be such a perfect place to live. Thank you for sharing this joy. H APPY 61 YEARS…and many more.

    votre amie,

  12. wissh says:

    You and your lovely wife have built a large, beautiful family. Happy anniversary Michel and Janine!
    Christine ❤️

  13. slmret says:

    Wishing you congratulations and a very happy 61st anniversary!

  14. nannyfountain says:

    Happy Anniversary! So many wonderful years and children. God has blessed you!

  15. Rachel says:

    Dear Michel and Janine,
    I congratulate you on your anniversary! You have a lifetime of precious memories to share. The pictures are wonderful! I am glad to see them because of you, but also because I was born in 1958 and am curious to see photos. Please pass on my good wishes to Janine.

  16. judyrutrider says:

    What an amazing woman, your wife! Beautiful, brilliant (as evidenced by the fact that she chose you), and fecund. You two deserve every happiness together. Happy anniversary!

  17. Véronique says:

    Vous êtes juste magnifiques, hier comme aujourd’hui !!!

  18. mrswrangler says:

    Happy Anniversary. What a beautiful family that came out of your love.

  19. Annalisa S. says:

    Michel, toi et Janine vous êtes aussi beaux maintenant que dans les premières photos. Ça nous donne un peu d’envie, hein? Et quelle chance que d’avoir une si belle et grande famille!
    Meilleurs voeux pour un joyeux anniversaire!

  20. Teri Stockton Ramirez on FB
    Such a beautiful story of enduring love and family. Congratulations to you both on your anniversary!

  21. Annick Quennehent said on FB
    bon anniversaire de mariage Michel et Janine,félicitations! Amitiés

  22. AW!!! I have joy-tears in my eyes! 🙂 Happy 61st Anniversary, Janine and Michel!!! 🙂
    Your love created more love and will be carried on for generations! You are an inspiration to your family and to everyone who knows you! 🙂
    I hope you have a beautiful day of celebration! (I will do something to celebrate from here! 🙂 )
    I was going to put 61 hearts in my comment…but, instead, I will put two…one for each of you!
    ❤️ ❤️
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    🎉🥂💍🍰 💌 💐

  23. calmkate says:

    congratulations to you both Michel and Janine, well done!

    Neither of you have changed much, only the hair colour! Janine still looks elegant and happy, you look very serious Michel but in that last photo there is a real twinkle in your eye and a smile of contentment … that’s true love 🙂

  24. sherazade says:

    Oh Michel! Siete bellissimi e il tuo ricordo ricco d’amore.
    Un esempio di vita da desiderare.
    Felice anniversario ❤🌹

  25. blb1 says:

    Love this post Michel, smiled all the way through!

  26. eastgoeseast says:

    Great, great photos! The ones of Janine must take you right back to when you first met.

  27. Stephanie says:

    Félicitations pour votre anniversaire de mariage et pour la belle et nombreuse famille.

  28. Yvonne says:

    Chers Michel et Janine,
    Joyeux anniversaire à vous deux – avec beaucoup d’autres à venir.
    Êtes-vous sûr que cela fait 61 ans ? Vous avez tous les deux l’air si jeunes sur la dernière photo.
    Yvonne et sa famille

    • Merci Yvonne . You sent to me a beautiful card for my birthday ( It is on the 12 March ) . I want to answer but I am not sure of my reading of your postal code . Could you send it to me via a Internet way? Thanks. ❤

  29. Fauquet says:

    Comme le chante Fugain, “c’est un beau roman, c’est une belle histoire…” et quelle belle famille.
    Je vous embrasse bien fort

  30. Oh, these pictures are utterly charming! She is vivacious and beautiful. You two made quite a pair on your motorcycle. This is your 61st Anniversary! Oh, my. What a thing to have lived your lives together. I am so glad to get to “know” such an example of enduring romance. You are both an inspiration. God bless and keep you!


  31. Many many congrats of decades of love. The photos are so poignant. Enjoy the love of your big family. The smiles are beautiful.

  32. cocosangel says:

    Wow Michel, you have had a good eye sight! 😀 Janine looks stunning and glamourous. And so are you. I didn’t know you had 6 children. I thought it was 4. And the grandchildren makes a beautiful house.
    Happy 61st Anniversary! 🎂 🎂
    It is funny, because I was born in 1961 July 21st. Just 5 months after your marriage. 🎊
    🎖What a long way you have come. Through hard work, and dedication, you have lived a wonderful life. 🥂 🥂🥂 🥂 🥂 🥂
    🎈 🎈 🎈 🎈 🎈

  33. Julie says:

    Happy anniversary to you both. I love your first photo of Janine and the last photo of all your family

  34. Kirstie Bean commented on FB

  35. Carol McKay Harper said on FB:
    Loved this!

  36. Doris Jean High said on FB:
    Enjoyed the pictures on your blog. Congratulations on your 61st Wedding Anniversary. We are just a few years behind you.

  37. Marilyn Thysell says:

    Congratulations on your 61st wedding anniversary. I so enjoyed the photos of you and Janine when you first met. You two look so young & adorable. What a wonderful family you have to celebrate such a wonderful occasion . I’m sending joy & love to you and Janine as you celebrate. Best wishes my dear friend. Love Marilyn ❤ ❤

  38. Gayle says:

    Happy Anniversary Michel and Janine!! God has blessed you both with a beautiful family and a beautiful marriage!💞

  39. Stacie Kelsey said on FB:
    Happy anniversary!! Much love!! Livia

  40. Happy Anniversary!! How lovely to be with Janine for so long 🙂
    Have a wonderful day and year ahead!!

  41. Cath aka Singapore Girl says:

    How interesting! 1961 and 61st anniversary! I really like the first photo. You two look so adorable!
    So lovely to have 3 girls and 3 boys too! God has blessed you richly!

  42. LGail says:

    Happy Anniversary! 61 years!

  43. Happy Anniversary to you both!

  44. Wanda VanderVeen said on FB:
    Beautiful. Happy anniversary!

  45. Presque comme en 1957 ! Bon anniversaire à vous deux ensemble !
    PS. Bon ben je rajoute mon commentaire puisqu’il s’est perdu dans les méandres de la toile !

  46. Marion says:

    Michel, a very happy 61st wedding anniversary to you and Janine! Wonderful photos here, and look at your beautiful family from your marriage. Janine looked like the actress Audrey Hepburn. 😊

  47. Wanda VanderVeen said on FB:
    Beautiful.! Happy anniversary!

    • Fauquet says:

      Comme le chante Fugain, “c’est un beau romain, c’est une belle histoire…” et quelle belle famille.
      Joyeux anniversaire de mariage.
      Je vous embrasse très fort.

  48. Fauquet says:

    Comme le chante Fugain, “c’est un beau romain, c’est une belle histoire…” et quelle belle famille.
    Joyeux anniversaire de mariage.
    Je vous embrasse très fort.

  49. Quennehent says:

    Chers Michel Janine et Michel,
    Joyeux anniversaire de mariage,
    L’amour rend la vie plus douce à bien des égards. Souhaitant de nombreuses années de douceur à un couple qui ne mérite que le meilleur.Amitiés. Annick

  50. Karen Fidler says:

    These are beautiful photos, Michel. Many congratulations on 61 years together. From the time she was very young, your Janine has had a beautiful smile! You are a very serious young man on the day after you were married! And of course, your beautiful children. You are blessed! ❤️ Karen

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