15 Years of Blissful Entanglement

May 28th, 2009

Today is the Country Doctor and I’s 15th wedding anniversary.  I imagine we will celebrate it in much the same way we celebrated last year’s anniversary which was completely unforgettable and almost grotesquely romantic.  To further mark this milestone in our marriage, I thought I would re-print the wedding announcement that ran in both of our hometown newspapers.  It is a little unusual for a wedding announcement.  The Country Doctor wrote it back when he was only the Country Medical Student.  He has always been a little unusual too.  You will understand just how unusual, after you read it.  


Rechelle Renee Bishop and Michael Joseph Malin were blissfully entangled in holy matrimony May 28, 1994 at St. Lawrence Chapel in Lawrence, Kansas. Celebrants were Fr. Vince Krische, Lawrence and Rev. Ed Preston, Wichita.

Escorting the lovely bride were her strong but reluctant parents, Harrison and Martha Bishop. Goodland.  Looking relieved, Joe and Rita Malin of Plainville presented their son, the groom.

The lovely bride wore flowers in her hair and a snappy little white outfit from Green’s Bridal Shop of Plainville, replete with numerous snapdoodles, vivisections, and just the right number of booleyboos (see photo).  April Phillips, self -appointed wedding authority and sister of the bride, served as Matron of Honor.  She shared time with the Maid of Honor, Kelly Hagan a college chum of the bride, most recently of Oxford U.K.  Rachel Murray and Susan Munn, both from Lawrence and friends of the bride were bridesmaids.  Emily Malin, niece of the groom, bore her basket of flowers without mishap.

The groom wore what grooms always wear.  Steve malin (6-2, 205), was his brother’s Best Man.  He was assisted by groomsmen Dave Malin (6-5, 225) of Dallas, brother of the groom; Jake Jesse Sheffer (6-5, 220); and Joe Courtright (5-10, 175) Joplin, Mo., the latter two of who endeavored to set a poor example for ring bearer, Michael Davidson, impressionable young nephew of their friend, the groom.

Eric Moeder, Bo Bernasky, and Rod Chard, friends of the groom were the ushers.  Christi Malin sang a touching solo while Bonnie Bonine, friend of the bride, handled violin duties.  Norma Osborne and Hal Sears, dear friends of the bride served as lectors and pronounced every word correctly.  

Following the ceremony, all retreated to Stony Point Barn in rural Douglas County for a dinner and reception complete with roast pig, wedding cake, a bluegrass band, and a beautiful Spring evening.  All present agreed the baked beans were outstanding.

The bride is a 1987 graduate of Goodland Highschool and a 1991 graduate of the University of Kansas.  The groom is a 1985 graduate of Plainville High School and a 1989 graduate of the University of Kansas.  He recently began his first year of study at the KU School of Medicine.

Following a honeymoon which much to the groom’s chagrin did not include a Royals baseball game, the couple is at home trying to decide whose turn it is to do the dishes.


Wedding photo by Rick Mitchell

Later today, wedding shoes, paper bells, bridal headgear and a fabulous Tiffany’s giveaway!

Sort of…


  • Margaret:

    Congratulations! A good start, hope you have a fabulous day

  • Peggy:

    Awww, sweet! Congratulation!

  • Congratulations!!

  • flutterby:

    That is the best wedding announcement I have ever read. Priceless!

  • Martha in Kansas:

    Congratulations! Great announcement, one no one would forget! I believe your maid of honor may be the daughter of my former landlords! Small world!

  • M.R.:

    Was that really and truly published in the paper as your wedding announcement?? Even the “strong but relunctant parents” part? I love it!

    And you and the CD are both beautiful!

  • That is hilarious- I wish ALL the announcements were that clever! Way to go, Country Doctor!

  • Love the wedding announcement. It’s perfect! Congratulations on 15 years of blissful wedded life. :D

  • Does the Country Doctor have a blog? He’s a terrific and funny writer!!

    Congratulations to both of you! :)

  • That is an adorable announcement. . Congratulations to you both on the 15th anniversary of your blissful entanglement

  • Wondering Woman:

    If I’d seen a wedding announcement like that I would have had to call and ask if he had an eligible brother.

  • Best wedding annoucement ever! Happy Anniversary! Do something fun and romantic!

  • Stephanie:

    Happy Anniversary!!
    You’ve got a keeper there…
    so romantic!!!
    Enjoy the day…

  • I love the announcement! Our anniversary was Monday…13 years for us! Congrats!

  • Lynn in WI:

    So glad the beans were a hit!!

    (And it’s a good thing you posted a picture of the actual announcement…otherwise we might not have believed you.)

    May all your entanglements be blissful today! Happy Anniversary to you and your very funny Doctor. :)

  • Oh man. Did they really run that in the paper? That is so awesome.

  • Perhaps your Country Dr. should consider humor writing as a sideline. What a great keepsake.

  • jamoody:

    THAT was funny!!!! Happy Anniversary!!

  • caren:

    Happy Anniversary!! Love the announcement. That is so good. What a great way to start a marriage. Enjoy your day!

  • Monica:

    The best and most lasting relationships, are sprinkled with Humor. I am glad yours started with Laughter and much love.

  • I thought you were pulling our leg until I squinted real hard at the words in the newspaper clipping. Nope! That’s what it really says! LOL

    Congrats on your first 15 years together. Look how much has happened (namely 4 handsome young men) and how much your life has changed since that happy day not THAT long ago.

  • That’s hilarious!!!!! I loved that he gave the sizes of the groomsmen but did at least have the tact NOT to give the sizes of the bridesmaids. Happy anniversary from a brand-new reader!

  • E-Jayjo:

    Too funny! I was reading that thinking the whole time how funny you are to come up with this whole fake announcement and that there was no way that was the real one…then after I finished reading it I scrolled back to the picture and can see that it really was what he wrote. LOL!!

  • That is the best wedding announcement EVER.

  • I love your announcement.
    My Dad grew up in Kansas. I always knew there was something special about it. Humor !!!

  • Congrats! He needs his own blog. The Oracle and the Country Doctor could write one hell of a blog.

  • Susan K:

    Love it! Congrats on the 15.
    Our wedding invitation read:
    “After their blind date, Kevin and Susan vowed they would never do that again.”

    First and only blind date for the two of us, and we didn’t. :-)

  • Papa Harry:

    Martha and I never get tired of reading the wedding announcement

  • That’s my kind of wedding announcement! Congrats on 15 years of bliss! Here’s to many many more…

  • Wow. That is awesome. You married Garrison Keillor!! I mean in the writing department of course. (Who was just in Kansas, by the way!) That is the greatest announcement I have ever seen hands down.

    Congrats and I hope that your 15 anny is full of romance and fun!

  • Sandy:

    Congratulations!! My Mom is from Kingman, KS and her sister, my aunt is in Ottawa and I have a ton of cousins there, one in Topeka.
    So what are you doing to celebrate?

  • I really really loved the announcement. What a creative Country Doctor you have.
    Congrats to both of you.

  • arlene:

    Congratulations! You and CD are truly a perfect match. His ability with words is awesome, like yours. Us western Kansans are good, ain’t we? I’m in a county that is catty-wompus from your in-laws.

    Hope you have a joy-filled day.

  • That was HIlarious. And I tend to not believe everything you say (what can I say, I’m a skeptic) but then I saw the yellowed paper with the same words as evidence. I loved the stats for the guys. Clever!

    Congratulations you guys! You’ve only just begun!

  • That’s a hilarious announcement ! Somehow I think you’re pulling my leg and wrote it for this blog? Or… Loved it anyway! Although wearing a vivisection (of which animal?) would be rather smelly after a while…

  • I’ve seen the text in the photo… Darn genius that husband of yours…

  • Jennifer:

    Congratulations! I LOOOOVE that announcement! More people should use their sense of humor on “serious” occasions. My husband and I will celebrate 15 years this year, too. Our announcement was very dry.

  • Congrats on 15 years of blissful entanglement! You look bee-yuu-tee-full & the CD looks dashingly handsome!

  • Susan:

    I love the announcement!!! Not the usual staid verbiage by any means. I can see CD’s humor. No wonder the two of you are together.

    Has the entanglement ALL been blissful? as if……..!

  • Rechelle,
    Somehow I knew you and I had some other connection. (other than both of us being art majors at KU) Happy Anniversary! What a hoot, you both have such good sense of humour! Today is special for me, too. It’s my 65th birthday! Although I don’t think my Mom felt quite so jovial, I came 1 month early and right in the middle of moving (apts were hard to get during the war back then they kept you in the hospital for 2 weeks.)
    Hope your day is fun and full of love and for a long long time, too.

  • Debbie from Illinois:


  • Dina:

    Rechelle- Congratulations on 15 years!!! I hope you get another romantic day, whatever that may be… The announcement is the absolute BEST ever! I’d keep that country doctor for sure. Enjoy the laughter and love, especially today!

  • joann tx:

    Happy Anniversary!!!

    now i see where your boys get their good looks! a happy
    blend of both you and the CD! :)

  • ChristineK:

    Congratulations on 15 years! And I loved the announcement.

  • Carol:

    That was fantastic!

  • That’s a wonderful weel-put announcement. I’m glad you all had the sense to put that in the paper instead of the usual blah blah.! Congratulations!

  • Missyme:

    Great announcement. Congrats on 15 years of “bliss”.

  • Nancy:

    That was great! Too bad there’s not more written like that.

  • Kellye:

    I thought you were teasing but then I can see some of the words from the newspaper clipping. Happy Anniversary. We just celebrated 21 years and it is a miracle straight from the hand of God!

  • Teresa:

    That is the funniest ever! I believe my friend who graduated from KU Med has the same writing style. What do they teach them there? His Christmas letters keep me laughing too.

  • This is truly the best annoucement I’ve read. What a hoot! Happy Anniversary, CDW & CD!

  • Jane:

    I am so going to do that with my next marriage….

  • Kat:

    SOOOOOOOOO funny!!!!!!
    I love you guys!

  • Anoria:

    Congratulations, aww, and lol in equal parts. Love the photo and the evidence that the CD’s sense of humor is nearly a match for yours :)

  • Grandma Rita:

    Wow! Do I ever remember that announcement. All my friends were calling me and telling how much they laughed at my son’s wedding announcement before I had any idea what was so unusual about it. Believe me, I was somewhat stunned. Anyhow, Congratulations on 15 years. We love you all.

  • Grandma Rita:

    Wow! Do I ever remember that announcement. All my friends were calling me and telling how much they laughed at my son’s wedding announcement before I had any idea what was so unusual about it. Believe me, I was somewhat stunned. Anyhow, Congratulations on 15 years. We love you all.

  • Happy anniversary! You two look so adorable, and no, I don’t think much has changed there. The CD even has the same haircut, and it is NOT a mullet! I am sooo impressed!

    After reading that announcement, I have to wonder about a few things. Does the CD sometimes write your blog? Where you both so absolutely hilarious before getting hitched or did marriage make you funny? Did you both have the same sort of sense of humor from the beginning, have your individual senses of humor mingled and melded, or did one of you have the dominant sense of humor that sort of took over? Is this common in marriage, because I seem to remember April and Clay having the same brand of humor too. I need to know the answers! Do I just not notice that I crack the same kinds of jokes as Danny? Do you realize how frightening a possibility that is? No, of course you do not, because I warned him there would be severe consequences if he didn’t rein it in a little while we were at the lodge. He was still thinking those things though! I’ve been married to him for 19 years, and I can tell! Or maybe that was *me* thinking them. Oh lord! *That’s* the part I can’t tell!

  • debra:

    Too darn Funny!!!! Great sense of humor. MY hubby (of 28 years) and I are attending a Lawrence wedding on Sat. Two KU grads as well!! The groom just finished his first year at KU Med and the sweet bride will begin her studies in physical therapy there later this summer. I hope there lives are as fulfilling, and fun filled as your are!! God Bless!! :-)

  • debra:

    I can’t believe I said “there” lives instead of “THEIR” lives!!! ACK!!

  • Fran:

    Bravo, Country Doctor!!! This is a masterpiece!!!

    Standing ovation to both of you for this milestone in your lives!!!

  • I did not realize you were from Goodland Kansas till this post which I enjoyed immensely! My cousin Betty Cougias was raised in Goodland Kansas. But I cannot remember the name of the man her mom married after he divorced my Uncle Jim Cougias. Supposedly the family ran a hotel by a train track for a while. She is 2 years older than I which makes her 54 years old so she is quite a bit older than you. She was once engaged to a boy but he died when he was hit by a train in a car or truck accident, in Goodland or near there. I think that was about 1973 or so.

    She now is a Golding and lives in Stratton Nebraska on a big cow farm. I will find out her siblings last name, I think her mom had 6 more kids after her, so you might know some of them. Her mom died a few years back. If this is too much info on your site, sorry, you can delete it.

    Nancy Straka

    • Hey Nancy,

      I don’t recognize the name off the top of my head, but I am sure my parents know her.

  • great announcement!!! best I’ve ever read!!!

  • Kay:

    That’s the best announcement ever!

  • Linda Joan:

    Thanks for sharing these photos!!Your dress was beautiful and much more frilly than I would have imagined. Don’t know why – don’t take it personally!! You were and are a very handsome couple and have made very handsome sons!

  • Oh, I love this post and the linked post! Great (baseball) attire. How the times change… many kids later… ;)

    Congratulations to you and your family for many, many years!

  • Lindie:

    I wish all wedding announcements were written like this! Maybe we would read them!

  • Theresa in Alberta:

    Now THAT is a wedding announcement! excellant

  • I do so ramble on..thanks.