Sunday, July 25, 2010

How to Keep a Guy for 29 Years

Yes, that's a picture of us on a hot July day 29 years ago. Aren't we cute? So young! We celebrated our anniversary on Sunday, and I thought I would share some thoughts on how we made it to 29 years. By the grace of God, that's how! :) Leave a comment if you have something to add to the list!


  • Get married on a hot day. I mean really hot. With no air conditioning in the church.

  • Get used to waiting for her.

  • Get used to waiting for him.

  • When he's lost in the Smithsonian, keep looking. Back at the hotel.

  • Never ask him if he loves you more than his computer.

  • Never interrupt when she's watching football.

  • Never interrupt when he's watching the History Channel.

  • Never say a word about the Spanish Bay Getaway.

  • Remove ink pens from pockets before placing in laundry.

  • Wear matching outfits cheerfully.

  • Let her be in charge of the tickets.

  • Let him do the math.

  • Don't let her talk you into an exchange student. From France.

  • Only comment on his driving when lives are in danger.

  • Make mistakes.

  • Forgive mistakes.
  • Laugh.

  • A lot.

  • Pray.

  • Pray some more.

  • Remember when you first fell in love.

  • Count each day as a blessing.

  • Count your blessings, every day.

Among our many blessings... our best collaborative effort... this group. Love them.


We celebrated with a dinner at the Farmhouse Cafe in Upper Beanblossom near Sweetwater Lake. Through the hills of Brown County. So not really near unless you know the way. We're learning, and it's a charming little place with great food.

We chuckled at this sign in the garden around the cafe. Jim wondered if it means he SHOULD bring flowers or he SHOULDN'T? So confusing.

And we decided we're not so good at selfies with the big old camera. Oh well. It's been 29 fun-filled years!

6 comments:

Ann said...

I would add "Laugh if your wedding cake falls." I'll never forget you pointing out the cake to me at the reception! What really happened to it, again? I am honored to have been the maid of honor for you. Congratulations to such an inspirational couple.

Sarah said...

Happy Anniversary! We got married in July too! I think it was 95 degrees that day....but our church was air conditioned...but the air quite at the reception hall, yet everyone still managed to have a good time;)

Amy said...

Not sure I can top Ann. :) Have 5 children and play a lot - the family that plays (or you could substitute prays) together stays together.

Jamalyn said...

We are so blessed to have you and Jim in our lives. You all are marriage mentors! Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Love you! Jamalyn

Susan said...

Oh Ann, I definitely should have included that one!! Thanks all for the sweet comments.

Anonymous said...

We are so blessed to have you as family, and we are so proud of all of you.
Much love, Mom/Nana/Jere'