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Good evening.  I want to thank everyone who came from near and far to help Yvette and Calvin celebrate this special day in their lives!  I usually don't engage in public speaking. However, I simply could not turn down the opportunity to talk about my daughter and what she means to me and her father.

Before I speak about Yvette, I would first like to say a few things (good things) about Calvin's parents.  Judging by the way your son treats my daughter, I can tell that he was raised in a household filled with love and respect.  The two of you truly did a magnificent job of raising a fine and classy young man.  I certainly could not have asked for a better son-in-law.  Further, I am looking forward to getting to know the both of you better in the future.

Yvette, I will try not to get too emotional while talking about my feelings for you.  I remember like it was yesterday the day that you were born twenty-seven years ago.  I instantly knew that you were destined for great things.  You were smart in school.  You constantly strived to be the best in whatever activity you participated in.  You excelled in mathematics, science, softball, track, swimming, and most of all high school debates! Your debate opponents quickly found out that they couldn't out think or out talk you! I sure hope that your newly minted husband realizes this also!  Yvette, the thing that really stands out about you is your commitment to make something work.  Me and your dad undoubtedly know that you are committed to Calvin.  We are confident that you will do everything in your power to ensure that your marriage lasts a lifetime.  

To Calvin, I don't view you simply as a son-in-law.  I view you as MY SON.  Me and my husband took to you instantly.  We had no hesitation or reservation in regards to accepting you into our family.  However, as your mother-in-law/second mom, I wish to share a few words of wisdom.  As Yvette is a master debater, be sure not to get into any arguments with her.  If you do, she will talk and talk you into submission!  Just say, "yes dear" or "you are right baby" if you want to silence her!  In all seriousness, simply love and respect Yvette in the same fashion that you have done since the start of your relationship.  

I want to recognize the following individuals for their outstanding contribution to the wedding ceremony and reception:  the minister, caterers, hotel staff, bridesmaids, groomsmen, best man, maid of honor, florist, limo service, photographer, invitation maker, dress maker, ushers, and the flower girl.  Again, thanks to all for making Yvette's and Calvin's wedding day a smashing success!

Yvette, me and your father love you with all our heart.  We couldn't have wished for a more perfect daughter.  Life has been grand since the day that you entered this earth. We, along with Calvin's parents, wishes the two of you a wonderful and prosperous life together.  If everyone would please raise and join me in a toast to the amazing newlyweds.  Yvette and Calvin, may your future years be filled with marital bliss!