It was a day much like the ones we have been having of late.... HOT. Thirty years ago, Jim and I stood in front of friends and family in a very hot church, and pledged our love for one another. As Jim said that day, "according to God's Holy ord- ord- ordinance."
Last year, I wrote a post entitled "How to Keep a Guy for 29 Years."
I also wrote about our wedding day when the world was anticipating the wedding of William and Kate.
Last Friday, Kelly, over at Kelly's Korner hosted a "Show Us Your Life - Marriage Advice." Though I did not participate, 130 bloggers did, so if you have the time, I am sure they have shared every bit of advice you could possibly imagine or need!
Even after 30 years, I don't come close to being an expert on marriage. Jim and I put a little list together with a few things we have learned in 30 years:
- don't sweat the small stuff (and really, it's mostly all small stuff)
- don't keep score
- do appreciate your spouse
- do try to react with laughter, not anger
- the choice between being happy and being angry is yours - you are responsible for your own happiness
- count your blessings
- remember to have fun
- cherish each moment (before you know it, 30 years have passed!)
I read a quote in Reader's Digest today by comedian Cathy Ladman that said, "Marriage is very difficult. It's like a 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, all sky."
You can say that again!
We celebrated this evening with dinner at one of our favorite places, Big Woods Brewing Company down in Nashville. We started off with the Zesty Pulled Pork BBQ Nachos. Maybe the best appetizer ever.
And Jim had the Busted Knuckle Beer. It will soon be available in 22 ounce bottles.
Since it wasn't rib night, I tried the buffalo chicken sandwich. Good and spicy!
It was a great dinner, and a nice celebration. Jim did ask if we were celebrating our 30th anniversary or the end of the NFL lockout. Hmmm... let me think about that one. :)
Thankful for 30 wonderful years, and looking forward to our next 30 years!