Sunday, June 29, 2014

25 Tips from 25 Years of Marriage

My honey and I just celebrated our 25 year wedding anniversary this month....hard to believe.

So I was asked by my niece to do a "25 tips from 25 years" post.  My husband said, "Wow, that's a lot of tips.  Will anyone even read that?"  But since I am a numbers person and since I've been given the challenge, I'm going to do it! Feel free to stop reading at anytime, but I'm going to make them short and sweet, with no or little explanation, in the hopes that you will keep reading.   I also want them to be simple and practical and I in no way want to come across as "preachy" because believe me, I still have a very long way to go and much to learn.

1. Say "I love you" a lot!
2. Leave each other notes, nice notes : )
3. Make each other's coffee in the morning.
4. Don't try to be better than the other.
5. Pray together everyday.
6. Don't nag, instead make a sweet honey-do list.
7. Have a date night at least once a month, preferably once a week.
8. Plan a vacation away with no kids (unless it's a nursing infant) at least once a year.
9. Never say "no" to your husband (you can read between the lines here.)
10. Play together, like a sport or hobby or game, etc.
11. Make his favorite meals.
12. Always greet him with a kiss when he comes home from work.
13. Put a little lipstick and perfume on before he walks through that door after a long day of work.
14. Never forget a birthday or anniversary.
15. Give each other space.
16. Shop together and pick out each other's clothes.  
17. Compliment and encourage each other daily.
18. Forgive quickly and never hold a grudge.
19. Also ask for forgiveness quickly.
20. Go to church together.
21. Establish healthy boundaries with in-laws and extended family.
22. Don't get a pet without asking your spouse : )
23. Talk openly about money and don't establish separate accounts.
24. Sow into your marriage with healthy books, seminars, conferences, etc.
25. Laugh together and don't take life or each other too seriously. 

11 comments:

  1. Great tips and you look buff and amazing in that picture!

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  2. Happy 25th!!

    This is the SWEETEST thing I've read all day! I'm gonna print this out(I hope that's okay with you) and save it for when I get married.

    P.S. You look so pretty in that picture :)

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  3. Thank you very much for this list. I love the way you explain things!!!

    You look amazing in that picture, really amazing!!!

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  4. Thanks for the tips! I read them all :-) Y'all are so cute, I pray my husband and I are that happy after 25 years! We're celebrating 6 years this July :-)

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  5. Great post! Congratulations on 25 years!

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  6. First of all, you look fantastic!
    Second, great tips! Thanks for sharing them.

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  7. Good advice! We are celebrating 20 years in October. :)

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  8. I feel so special to be the "niece!" Thank you for this, love you both xo

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  9. Happy 25th, congratulations.

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  10. Great post, most of the things you wright we do also.

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  11. My husband and I have been married 44 years!

    Pamela
    WV

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Thanks so much for your comments! I love them and they keep me writing. I really do read each one.