Wednesday, March 04, 2009

March 5, 1977

(Istanbul Turkey 2008)

Happy Anniversary Kay and Jim!
Ron and I along with Kay and Jim, will celebrate our 32nd anniversary Thursday, March 5.
What a great adventure this has been! The years have gone by so fast.
Three children, three homes, three weddings, 5 1/2 grandchildren! So many blessings! So many experiences, happy and sad, that we have shared.
I don't feel like a 53 year old woman that has been married over 30 years, my mind tells me that I am still young. But then I remember how much more I know now. I have experience and knowledge that only comes with living for 53 years and being married to the same man for 32 years. I have so much knowledge to share. I know it all, just ask me! Just joking! People just tell me I am a know it all. The older I get the more I realize what all I don't know.
But I will be happy to share a little of what I have learned about being married for so long.
Have God in your marriage. God will direct your path in marriage as in other parts of your life.
Marry your best friend. You will be spending a lot of time together, you should really like each other.
Be quick to forgive, back to having God in your marriage, he tells us to forgive. You have to even if you don't want to, and you may be the one needing to be forgiven next.
Laugh a lot, at yourself and with your loved one. I fell in love with Ron because he made me laugh! He still does.
Don't take yourself to seriously, think, 30 years from now, will this matter.
Treasure each day, we never know how long we have together.
One last bit of advice, marry a good person!
I wrote on my profile that Ron is a good man, I have called him a lot of things, not always nice, but he is a good man. I think that is a nice thing to say about him. Ron is one of the few people that I know that has read the Bible front front to back, every word.
Ron obviously loves his family. His favorite vacation is to take the kids and grandkids anywhere. It doesn't matter where, he just enjoys being with them all.
Ron has built a business that even he never could have imagined. He works hard, works smart and attributes any and all success to the grace of God.
Ron is patient, kind, compassionate, funny and I think he is still pretty cute.
And for some reason, he still loves me, even though he knows all of my many faults.


Amber said...

Happy 32nd Anniversary Aunt Donna & Uncle Ronnie, and Mom & Dad too! Those are very sweet words to share with us...Ronnie has always been a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and uncle in my eyes too!

Charity said...

Thank you for this post! It is so good to see a Godly couple after 30 years of marriage. Thank you also for your advice... I think I'll print this off to keep with me when my very young marriage seems too much to handle.

Paula said...

What a great post! And great advice! You guys are a wonderful example to all of us. Happy Anniversary!

LKB said...

Happy Anniversary Donna! I too married a good man. Unfortunately, I had to kiss a couple of toads first. But you are right about the laughter and best friends. When things are the toughest, the ability to make each other laugh will serve one well. And I do believe that God brings us to the people we are meant to have sometimes sooner and sometimes later. I so admire people who were able to get it right from the start. Congratulations to your husband, he was smart enough to marry a truly good woman.

Donna said...

Thanks! You all make me feel good.
But sometimes I feel like a toad and sometimes Ron IS a toad!

Angie said...

What an honor to say you have been married 32 years! We have such great examples of good marriages in this family.

Amber said...

Aunt Donna,

To answer your question about the beef stew recipe on my blog:

Yes, the beef is raw, but it cooks for 10-12 hours and makes everything cook thoroughly with no germs from the beef! You would love it..try it sometime.

Calley said...

Happy Anniversary! That was so sweet!

Kay said...

I'm glad you linked to this blog post. I must have missed it back in 2009 when you wrote it. Very meaningful and lovely to hear your thoughts. Love you. March 6, 2013.