September 23rd may be another day for you but in our house, we believe it's just for us.
My husband Jim and I dated for five years before he asked me to marry him. And what a gratifying journey it's been so far.
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Jim and I met at a television station in Missouri. He was a photojournalist and I worked as a general assignment reporter. Eventually we got promoted and by the time we left, he was working as the chief photographer and I left as an evening anchor.
We've bought 3 homes in three states in seven years. We are owned by two rottweilers.
I'm not feeling super sappy this year. This year, I'm feeling accomplished. Like hell yeah, we've got something figured out! But I do thank God for Jim. Our marriage is not perfect but it's perfectly ours. We've faced challenges, heartaches and new beginnings but through it all, we're there for one another. We've learned tough lessons but dammit, we keep learning.
If you have the secret to a forever marriage, I'd love to hear it. My gut tells me it's not magic but a combo of love, commitment and a lot of faith. But I'd love to hear from anyone who's willing to share. Also - any anniversary suggestions!
Love you Jimmy - you're my person!
9/23/2015 05:02:08 am
My husband and I have been married 35 years- together 6 months prior to that September day. Love, commitment and dates are the answer. 3 children, 4 grandchildren all back up north. Spend time together and go out on dates! Do things together-easier once kids are grown. Stay " in love". God bless you both! We all live you! Come back to the beach.
9/23/2015 05:11:28 am
Congratulations! My husband and I have only been married for 3.5 years.......but in addition to that we have over 16 years combined marriage experience in our previous marriages. Divorce is a hard, hard thing.......but I'm thankful we both had that experience because I think it makes us appreciate our marriage more and work harder at it. I have learned that love is a choice you must make everyday, and some days it's a lot easier than others. I also think making time for each other and choosing your battles are key!
9/23/2015 06:00:53 am
We were married 45 years in June. From what you write it appears that you also have discovered that it's not a 50-50 deal. Sometimes it's 75-25, or 100-0 or even 110-0. It's being part of a team, both wanting the same goals. Marry for love, never for money. There may come a day when love is the only reason you stay. But it is so worth it! We both know that if everything else fails, we have each other's back.
9/23/2015 12:24:19 pm
We've been married X 40 years......
9/23/2015 06:52:45 pm
Best comment ever.
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