Thirty Years of Marriage: How We Did It So Far

Good morning! At least it is here. Saturday here. Favorite time of the week. George made the coffee as he got up a few minutes before me and surprised me with “Happy Anniversary” greetings. I hadn’t woken up enough to realize it or say it. But today we have been married for 30 years. REPEAT: 30 Years!

Above is the Fall office decor. Just a little bit of “Fall Splash” there and a little bit of a fall theme going on –on the computer. Time is moving on. That is for sure. I think we have some cooler temps coming next week. I need to check. Since my office is 78 to 80 on a 80 to 90 degree day, I wonder what it will be when the weather turns cold? lol. I have a heater and I’ll need it, I think. Right now I have a fan that sits on my desk! I learned if I point the fan downward the coolness bounces up from my desk top and then gently into my face without a bunch of “wind” hitting my right eyeball, LOL! It knocks the pressure down some and gives a gentle coolness. Of all the things we discover in life – that was one I had not anticipated. ha!

Thirty Years of Marriage

So thirty years of marriage. That is quite the number. It doesn’t seem like that long. What attracted me to George was his love of family, his similar belief in God, his ability to sit and listen to me, his ability to have long, deep, and interesting conversations with me, his open candor, his playful candor, his sense of humor, and it made me feel good that his background was somewhat similar to my own.

I am not really qualified to give marital advice, in my book anyway, but I CAN NOW say that we have been married for 30 years and feel like that counts for something! However, with both of us having had failed marriages before — you never really get over those deep inside and you always feel like a failure, regardless of your successes. All I can say is that I truly have made decisions in my life that I always felt were the best for me at the time. And maybe they were. There were a few things I would go back and change if I could – those points in the road where you go hmmmmm which way? But I chose a familiar path instead of taking the new road. Could that have changed my entire life. Yeah it would have most likely. But then I’d have never met George and wouldn’t have my Katebug or my River so….I’m glad my life has gone as it has.

So while I feel I’m not qualified to give marital advice, I will say what I feel has kept us together for 30 years. There have been about three or four or five really really rough patches that were very heart wrenching times and for various reasons. Each one plugged away at us and took a lot out of us. I’m not really sure we totally recovered from them either. But for the most part enough resolved. These are not necessarily in order of importance but what springs to mind as I type:

  1. Deciding to stick together as we are better together than apart
  2. Learning not to push each other’s buttons
  3. Deciding not to keep a record of wrongs
  4. Putting yourself in the others shoes
  5. Genuinely just loving and caring for one another as a part of your pack
  6. Spending quality time together – doing what we love to do
  7. Getting some individual time and trusting the other with his/her time
  8. Not being controlling (this is hard as I like to control everything, lol)
  9. Letting go of a few things that are just not worth the burden of carrying (Forgiveness)
  10. Helping one another with anything/everything
  11. Planning things together and working on projects together
  12. Working on your home, nest, property together
  13. Shopping together
  14. Planning and taking trips together
  15. Taking simple excursions together
  16. COMMUNICATION if we are too mad to talk, we email. But also keeping each other in the loop. Saying the right things and avoiding the wrong things. Even periods of silence can be communication if it means keeping the peace until communication can happen. Notice I keep typing here as this is key! So much so I’ll make another point with it’s own number!
  17. Letting the other speak! We both have the desire to hog the communication lines to get our opinions out and at times neither of us would let the other have a say.
  18. Know each other’s “Love Language”. I think I’m a combo person. Words of affirmation, physical touch (hug and kiss), and quality time – I’m not sure which is the emergent one – probably quality time as without that I would be very lost and feel unloved. I also like my individual time though, lol. Hugs are important to me so I like to give them to others as an act of love and to feel love and care in return. I like to praise when it’s due and get praise so it’s hard to say but nothing says I love you and care for you more than spending time with you. I think George’s is Act of Service and Quality Time. He is always doing things for me like fixing me a glass of wine, buying things I like at the grocery, fixing me dinner, and doing things to make my day easier. Yeah this one is big too I think. I wrote a lot here!
  19. Check in on each other during the day or when we are apart says “you are my love and I’m concerned of your well being”. (But not checking up every minute – that is annoying and says “I am not sure I trust you”.)
  20. Trust – my motto is “trust until you are given reason or suspicion not to” — then we have a problem to work through.

Ok there are the top twenty that popped into my mind. Please suggest more if you have any in your head that works for you?

Other thoughts on Marriage

It’s hard at times. So hard. But it’s rewarding and promising too. There are always areas of improvement. Our own agendas, our selfish ways, the ways we each learned to deal with situations growing up – like how we were raised to respond to things that went wrong by watching our parents and how they responded (Your kids are watching and will follow your lead! Do you shout at your partner? They will too!), and all of these outside forces that come into play make a huge difference!

The devil tries hard to throw curve balls and destroy, to break trust, to make you panic, to do anything to try and make you insecure or fearful. Stand in his face and just say “Not today Satan!” And trust in God’s word to know that He is watching over you. So if George walked out on me tomorrow or died on me tomorrow I’d be devastated. But I have to trust that God would take care of me. This is my main security! I have a tendency to feel really insecure at times, even though I have a very strong persona within me. I can take a bottom of the barrel situation and be resilient and rise up from it. I know that about me now at this age. And that gives me great comfort. I also have a plan B in the back of my head if life deserts me and I will go and put that into action if all’s left is just me against the world. That gives a source of security to me too. But I prefer my life as is – being married, doing things together. But if I wasn’t, I have this plan B. Most of you know what that is! lol

Everyone needs a Penguin Badge. The “Penguin Badge”! I got a penguin badge – learning to ice skate – when I needed an individual project to concentrate on early in my marriage to George. Having a bit of individual time to concentrate on a goal made me feel secure that I was still me and doing my own thing and not giving up who I was totally as an individual. I had put too much time and effort in my relationships up to that point in my life and I felt I needed to connect back to myself. The other point here is to always have something in your back pocket – a hobby, to do list, projects, dreams, books, activities, shopping! When insecurity comes, when bad days come, when you feel unloved, forgotten, not important – you get the picture – you are not just left on the sidewalk to melt and or pine for what you thought life would be but isn’t at that moment. It’s just another way to “roll with the flow”, something to keep your attention, something to make you feel like you are you again, not lost, until the moment passes!

Improvements Needed in Marriage

There are some things I wish would improve in our marriage.

  • Communication could always improve
  • Hugs – could always use more of those at the beginning of the day for a send off and end of day for a release and sigh!
  • Return of my texts. Often they sit out there with no response. (Insert WTH emoji here!). He’s just not a big text-er in return. Not in the way of “ok’s, got it, etc.” Only when totally necessary, if he even seeeeeeees it – but often if I’m away he’ll text and say how’s it going? I like that.
  • More specific retirement planning. We didn’t already plan it so now it’s being planned for us ::sigh::
  • Deeper understanding of a few things – a few missing puzzle pieces
  • An unspoken thing that has always bothered me but won’t be resolved by me nor spoken by me ever!

Wow, I guess that is about it as far as improvement. Ha. We always have room for improvement. Both of us can improve. I’m often selfish and I will tell ya, I get it honestly. lol I’m always trying to do my agenda, my goals, my, my my! Maybe that is where the phrase “my, my, my” come from while someone shakes their head. I could always improve by being less selfish. I try not to be. But sometimes we have to look out for ourselves, our heads, our psyches – especially if it is a fragile as mine is. I have to develop a tough shell in life to get by. Still it touches me deeply at times. Part of the protection of one’s psyche is maintained by being selfish and protecting it and developing it and nourishing it. Because no one in this day and age will look out for you and care for you like yourself, and God, and then a good partner to pitch in if you are lucky to have one. I do feel lucky. I’m glad to be married to George, my kind Hubster. It’s not always easy. But it usually is. But I’m also glad to maintain the integrity of myself as an individual. I just think that is so important. I am one with him but the two parts make the whole! And we are bigger and better together and can accomplish great things when we choose to do them and plan forward and do things together.

So that is my take on the marriage front. At least regarding mine. I will take any thoughts you have on marriage? Sharing is caring. Usually. lol

So we are off to a couple of special places today. We have flood watches out —again. It was horribly storming and raining the day we got married. Afterward the sun was shining so big. Our future was bright.

Meanwhile in Texas

Prayers for River and his cough with croup! His meds are over but he’s still coughing a not so good sounding cough. The doc said it would take a couple of weeks. He’s some better. I guess there’s questions in our heads as to if she should call the doc or wait. I suggested she just place a call – as they are on hot line on the weekend and will call back. Someone is always on call for advice. So maybe they could call in some more meds for her or something. Please pray. He’s still so little and lungs can fill so fast. So I worry about him. I’m so thankful she face times us. He is saying “Da Da Da” and we think “goo gah” for “Google” his day care teacher. I discovered that he is mesmerized if I sing. He will stare and listen. So I need to learn some songs to sing! It made us all laugh yesterday at how intent he was. We have a blast on FaceTime. We make animal noises and bark and howl. Katy says she wishes she had that on video! Here’s my Little Roo. You see where that comes from right? He’s a little Buckaroo – which is their sports team locally! The Buckaroo’s! I just love him so much. Miss him and want to squeeze him and love on him. But so thankful for our Facebook time to watch him eat, play, learn to feed himself, hold things, say things, smile at us, watching him learn, how he acts, responds, doing his Johnny jump up, learning to crawl. WE love every minute.

The Weekend

Anniversarying, Police Report filing, cleaning, laundry, grocerying, keeping Mom happy, and whatever else we can get into! Ahhhh yes! Love my weekends!

19 responses to “Thirty Years of Marriage: How We Did It So Far”

  1. I felt so blessed to be able to read your blog. As a young 28 year old young lady looking forward to marriage, I picked up quite a few lessons here. Thank you for being authentic. Congratulations to you and your husband on thirty years of marriage.

  2. Happy Anniversary! That is an accomplishment to be proud of. I hope you both are blessed with many more healthy happy years together.
    I have no advice. But will say marriage is hard work. Love and laughter help. Date nights are so important if you have kids. Taking time to do something nice or thoughtful for each other. My husband makes me coffee in the mornings because I am not a morning person. I fix him meals he likes even though some of the foods I don’t like. The little things I guess. I tell him he is stuck with me. I am not going anywhere. He tells me the same. lol. We are used to each other’s quirks and habits. We have been married longer than you guys.

    I am sorry to hear your little grandson is still sick. It is miserable for them when they are croupy like that. Is it dusty where they live? I would keep him in the cool air-conditioning much as possible. We have a clean air machine we use which helps my asthma. When they cut the hay close to our house it kills my allergies. Maybe a humidifier might help the little guy. I would call the Dr. if he doesn’t improve.

    We got up early and went to Grandsons soccer game. He looked so handsome out there in his uniform. He is getting so tall and already looks like a teen.
    It was a beautiful day. But got pretty warm out there.

    Enjoy your weekend. You two enjoy yourselves.

  3. Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary ❣

    LifeLock is not worth it. You have already done what they would have told you to do. You would still have to make all the calls etc.. They only monitor your credit after everything, the freezing of your accounts etc. that you have to put in place. They cannot/will not make the calls for you.
    I hope baby River will get well. He looks so healthy & cute.

    Enjoy your Anniversary weekend & love your husband & be thankful ❣

    • Thx for letting me know that! It seems like we have done what we need to do. Filed police report today just in case we have issues later. It’s for having on paper if needed suggested by government website on their list of to do’s! Katy called on call doc and they gave her some OTC meds to help. If not better he goes in Monday to doc. If worse he will go tomorrow to urgent care. Thx for prayers.

  4. Congratulations on 30 years! I think your post gave a realistic view of marriage. It’s worth it, but not without its challenges. That is what commitment is all about – getting past those things which maybe we never fully get over. But that’s life, and we go on as best we can. Your faith and commitment are strong. That helps get through the tough times. Enjoy your special day. You deserve it!

  5. Hi Sonya, Sorry I’m very late replying however after our horrible journey home I was exhausted almost Nine hours when it normally takes us about 61/2 to 7 hours..thankfully no accidents it was just the volume of traffic all being filtered into three lanes and max speed was 60 mph most of the way with even 40 mph at some places. Poor Peter I was real sorry for him having to drive all these 60 mph and not knowing exactly why or when it was going to stop….thankfully the weather stayed drive home…
    CONGRATULATIONS on getting to your 30th Anniversary … have some excellent pieces of advice to anyone who may not actually reply but sits on the sidelines. One other rule might be never to go to bed without saying sorry….even if it’s a half hearted one !! Take care my lovely friend enjoy your dinner bet it was best in the County …..Night night. God Bless

  6. Wow! You certainly hit on many points of marriage! Very nice to read. I , too am a controller. I like things my way. When I catch myself I tell him so. Its not the best trait I have and lately I am slowing down and thinking before I talk. Make sure I’m not over stepping. Its hard though.
    We were both married , him 7 yrs and me 12. They both ended with our exes being unfaithful. When we started to talk of marriage there was a LOT of communication on what we would both expect and work together on. Its never perfect that is for sure but its perfect enough !

    Happy 30th anniversary to you and George ! I hope your day was wonderful!

    Sending prayers to the little guy that he starts to feel better! He is just so darn cute! 🙂

    Take care,

  7. Happy Anniversary!!! Ours is next week (September 23). Praying for Little Roo.

    I love that you are singing to him. I started singing to Travis when he was just a few months old. He loved Itsy Bitsy Spider, Mary Had a Little Lamb and Baa, Baa Black Sheep.

    We have progressed to the Wheels on the Bus (and we sing it everyday). He loves it.

    Hope you are doing well. Miss you!!!

  8. Happy 30th Anniversary to you and your husband. Being a newbie blogger and 2decades behind you marriage wise…lol; I found some tips massively helpful.

    Praying for Little Roo

    • Thank you fir the comment and anniversary wishes! I’m glad you found some things helpful. Marriage takes work and giving, helping the other helps! Good luck in your blogging too and come back and see me! I’ll try to find yours if it’s connected to your profile here!

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