I love my husband more than I can describe. He makes me laugh copiously, and I am totally crazy about him. One of my deepest desires is that absolutely nothing come between me and my man.
As we celebrate 25 years of being together, I asked him what makes our marriage work. Why have we been victorious in our quarter-of-a-century time together as one?
Our marriage has been built on 25 years of ‘we dos” and that is why we are still head-over-heels in love…
We do…choose to be “we and ours” not “mine and yours” in everything (well, maybe not our underwear). 😉
We do…compromise rather than try to get our way. We give and take because marriage is a two-way street. It’s what we give not what we get.
We do…bless each other daily with the “little things” that make a big difference such as kind words that are sweet morsels to the soul, walks and talks, quiet time on the porch swing, helping each other with chores.
We do…communicate, communicate, and then we communicate some more.
We do…evaluate our expectations of each other to make sure those expectations are realistic and also shared.
We do…believe we are truly blessed by each other every single day.
We do…spend time together often but realize we do not need to be with each other all the time.
We do…say we are sorry and are quick to forgive when disagreements happen.
We do…love each other unconditionally, no strings attached.
We do…share the same faith and love Jesus.
We do…realize it is hard work to maintain a strong marriage even when it is already a good one.
We do…know ALL of the above statements are not easy; yet we know they are extremely important, and they have worked for us over the years.
We have many good years ahead of us, and we know we won’t be coasting through those years. In addition to our ‘we dos’ our renewed wedding vows for the next 25 years will include…
We will… “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” ~Ephesians 4:2
We will… “Clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bearing with each other and forgiving whatever grievances we may have against each other.” ~Colossians 3:12-13
Cheers to our next 25 years, Dean! We ARE better together! 🙂