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Today marks thirteen years that my husband and I have been married, and as a couple, we couldn’t be happier! But it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses; we had some very hard years together. Actually, you could say our marriage has never been easy since we’ve had to deal with circumstances and issues most married people do not. There were two really really bad years though:

In 2004/05, I nearly left him because I was having a hard time dealing with the rough side of being a custodial step-mom (it was not the kids fault, but the parents). When he started having medical problems, I decided to stand by my man, through the good times and bad. Little did I know that the bad were just starting.

In 2007, he nearly left me after almost two really bad years…until he realized I was dealing with an almost disabling level of depression that had me reluctant to leave my house. I tried to hide from the world, and he refused to let me. He stood by me and pulled me out of my funk.

Since then, we’ve not had any major issues. Sure, we’ve struggled financially, we’ve fought, as all married couples do…but by the Grace of God, we are once again HAPPY and blessed to have each other. We are the happiest we’ve ever been since the day we said our vows. We have truly become best friends, and I can honestly say I love him more today than I did the day I married him.

If more people would stick it out, during the hard times and sick times, there would not be so much divorce. Too many people are willing to run at the first sign of trouble. I’m glad we chose to take our vows seriously and stay together during the good times and bad, during sickness and health…until death parts us (which will hopefully be a hundred years down the road…we plan to make it in the Guinness World Records as oldest living married couple).

One of our elders at church complimented us recently about how well we were handling the trials we are going through now, how he has seen other people who have went through similar circumstances and let their marriage fall apart. We looked at each other…looked at him…and each said, “We’re best friends. We love each other. And God’s got this.”

My husband and I know that the hard years is what prepared us for this year. We are stronger than ever and we will handle anything thrown our way. We will overcome. With God on our side, who can be against us?

Happy Anniversary to the funniest and most loving man I know, my best friend, my lover, my confidant, my hero, my protector, my provider, my husband, Rick! You will always have my heart! I can’t wait to spend the next fifty one hundred plus years by your side!

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Congratulations, I love the number 13! When my husband and I got married we told each other divorce was not in our vocabulary, so we would always just have to deal. The trials have drawn us closer together too. Wishing you the greatest happiness this year and the next 100 too!

Pamela R

I think it’s super you have stuck it out through the trials…this summer our Sunday school class lessons have been all about a Holy Unity…you so right if more people could learn to support each other during rough times there would be less divorce


That is so beautiful and one thing I told my hubby was that he’s stuck with me and no matter what life throws our way, I’m going to remain by his side.

Beautiful story!

Keep it Touched,

Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families

Congratulations! Happy Anniversary. We just celebrated 5 years and for the most part things haven’t been too hard for us until this year. I got laid off work a year ago and can’t work a typical job because of my own medical issues. I have to remember that he married me because he loved me and that we choose to be committed to each other through sickness and health, the good and the bad, and that we were paired by God.

Amy @mommetime

Congratulations… 13 that is awesome. We are coming up on our 11th anniversary; through the years we have most certainly had our share of what feels/felt like extraordinarily extreme challenges. Quitting has (was) always been my go to option –making a commitment, not to quit, at times, is hard. But, in the end, I think what is key about making ‘it’ work, being overall happy with the relationship is both people having that commitment, maybe not always at the same time, yet, eventually coming to that same place –loving and wanting and doing what it takes to make it work.

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