Yesterday was my parents’ 45th wedding anniversary.
I am immensely grateful for their example, their love for one another, and the lessons I’ve learned from them. So, here are 10 things I have gleaned from having the privilege of observing their marriage (in no particular order):
- Pray together; play together
- Make time for one another
- Rely on each other’s strengths
- Accept one another’s weaknesses–even though it may not always be easy
- Commitment, not feelings, is what carries you through
- Traumatic events do not have to destroy a marriage
- There may be times when you cannot understand what the other is going through–hang on tight anyway
- Different “seasons” bring new challenges, but facing them together causes new depth and closeness
- Share wisdom gained from experience–especially the struggles–with other couples
- Enjoy being together–whether it’s drinking coffee together in the mornings, reading in the car, shopping at Costco, or praying for your children–appreciate the time you have
There are many more–but this is Top TEN Tuesday–so I’ll stop there.
Mom and Dad, I cannot thank you enough for all that you’ve taught me and shown me through your marriage. I love you both so very much.