Now it’s my Dad’s turn.
1. What was the initial thing that attracted you to your wife/husband?
She was very attractive and was someone who I hadn’t met before. I considered this a challenge.
2. When was the moment that you can remember she was the one you wanted to marry?
We met in October and were engaged Christmas Eve the same year. It was sometime in November after we met that I told my roommate and friends, I was going to propose.
3. In your 44 years of marriage what has surprised you the most about marriage?
That it takes hard work and you have to change your thinking and attitude about many things. It takes more give and take than I thought. Initially I thought man was head of household but I learned that it takes two to have a strong household and responsibilities. Over the course of the years our relationship and love evolved and continues to grow.
4. What are the three things that have helped you maintain your marriage longevity?
My commitment to my wife and God when we were married.
Our love, friendship, values, and compatibility.
Keith (the bloggist), Alison and the grandchildren that followed.
5. Knowing what you know now, would you have approached marriage in a different way early on? How?
Yes, I would have waited a year before I got married so we could have had a better chance to grow and know each other. I thought I was ready but I wasn’t completely. There’s more to marriage then being a provider.
I would have saved a little more money. When we decided to get married, I had $10 in the bank. My mother told me to wait, but I was in love and didn’t listen. SO, when we started we had no money, no decent wedding, or honeymoon. I should have waited until we had at least $100 in the bank.
The upside though was we learn to deal with financial crisis early in our marriage. So, there’s a purpose and blessing that GOD makes you go through.
6. What are 3 things modern day couples should do in order to achieve longevity in their marriage?
Worship together a couple that worships and prays together stays together.
Get the money thing straight.
Set yearly goals.
Communicate, communicate, and communicate.
Do things together on a monthly basis if possible.
Don’t be afraid to show and demonstrate your love.