My last guest bloggers of the week are extremely special to me — my parents!  🙂  I thought it might be nice to hear from two people who have been married over 25 years and who are still best friends and in love.  Society tells us young couples that divorce is the norm.  That there is a very high chance that our marriage won’t last.  You can think me naive, but I will write here — for all to read — that me and Nate will last.  I would bet everything on that.  And I say that to give you hope.  Because if you grew up in a family that was affected by divorce, you might be nervous about that becoming you.   And I just wanted to say that marriages still last.  Love can still be for always.  And ‘I do’ can still be for happily-ever-after.  If you took anything away from these True Love themed posts, I hope it’s that. 

But without further ado —  because this isn’t my post  after all — here is a list that both my mom and dad put together.  It’s five tips that they believe contribute to a happy, healthy marriage.  🙂 


Five steps to a happy marriage…

a man’s point of view.

 1.  Encourage each other.  Always build each other up and never put the other down.

2.  Spend time with each other.  Dating doesn’t stop after marriage!

3.  Women like flowers. 😉

4.  Always remind your wife of how beautiful she is. 

5.  Never, ever go to bed mad.  It’s important to talk things out with each other.


Five steps to a happy marriage…

a woman’s point of view.


1.  Faith.  I believe for a man and a woman to be happily married, they need to have a strong faith in the Creator of the universe.  With God in the center of their marriage, a couple can’t go wrong. 

2.  Love.  Love is looking out for our husband’s best interest.  It’s letting him know that he is handsome, strong and brave.

3.  Respect.  Never put down your husband in front of anybody!  He needs to know that he has your love and respect.  It gives him confidence!

4.  Laugh.  It sure is good when we can laugh, enjoy life and just be silly once in a while.  Life is an adventure—and laughter is good medicine! 🙂

5.  Time.  This world has many demands on our time, so whenever there is a chance to sit together at home and enjoy a cup of coffee—or go for a walk—take it!  Something as simple as working on the yard together can mean a lot.  Take that time, because 1 yr quickly turns to 28 yrs and before you know it—50 yrs!  Enjoy your husband because he truly cares for you.

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6 Responses to Together…Forever

  1. theclambroll says:

    what a cute post!! yay for parental guest bloggers 🙂

  2. wittywife says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s great to hear these sorts of tips from people who have actually lived them.

  3. Jeannine Como says:

    I loved reading this! Mike and I have been married for 48 years, and our love keeps growing more and more. The only thing that neither of you mentioned is money. That (or lack of that) often breaks up marriages. You have to be on the same wave length, and work together to make it through the tough times.

  4. Meg says:

    This is so sweet! My parents have also been married for about that long but my husband’s mom is re-married. I think he worries about divorce more than I do.

    I agree with your dad: we love flowers and your mom: respect goes a long way! 🙂

  5. Sheryl says:

    Great post!!
    Love your mom and dad!!!!

  6. I realy like this post! It is wonderful to hear how two people have kept their relationship “special” for so long! I’m going to mentally bookmark what they said!

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