19 Years Has FLOWN By!

by Ron Haynes


Wedding Rings

Nineteen years ago today, my one true love and I tied the knot!

We met while working at a local department store retailer and, though we went to different colleges (three hours from each other), we continued to date for five years before getting married at five o’clock on June 23rd.

What makes our marriage work? Even though we’re different in so many ways, when it comes to the important things in life, we see eye-to-eye. What are those things?

Children

Nothing can truly prepare you for children. No book, no advice, no video or website. What’s wonderful about my wife is that we agree on how we should raise our children, how we should educate them, and the people we want them to learn from and be around.

Finances

Yes, we’re vastly different in how we view money and finances, but we both agree on the important things. We both despise debt. We both think money should be used to help us accomplish a better life for ourselves and others. We both comparison shop and are on the lookout for great deals on the things we feel we should purchase.

Values

Perhaps one of the most important factors that has helped us maintain a long, loving relationship is that our values match each other. What is important to one of us is important to the other by default. And isn’t that what love is all about? Having the best interest in the one you love and the willingness to put aside your own preferences in deference to them really is what love is all about.

It all ties together

All of these tie together: children, finances, and values. The beauty of it is that my wife and I are truly “one” when it comes to these important things in life and I’m so blessed, so fortunate, so incredibly happy that I married her … or is it happy that SHE married me?

Oh yeah, another great thing is that she is absolutely gorgeous (and gets better looking every day)!

photo credit: cliff1066

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 988 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.



{ 9 comments }

Marc and Angel Hack Life

Lovely. ;-)

Congrats.

Elliott - 21st Century Dad

Congratulations on 19 years together. Looks like you found a winning formula. I wish you and your family continued success, prosperity, and fulfillment.

Jeff@MySuperChargedLife

Congrats! Staying happily married for 19 years is truly something to celebrate. I hope you guys get the chance to mark the moment with a little special event. My wife and I are coming up on 18 years in January so we aren’t far behind you!

Melissa

Congratulations and thankyou for sharing. I hope that your wife reads this too, and that you do something special.

Mandi

Congratulations!! I love reading about happy, long-lasting marriages!

Andy Wood

Happy Anniversary, Ron! I hope it’s been a special day.

Paul Maurice Martin

“Even though we’re different in so many ways, when it comes to the important things in life, we see eye-to-eye.” That’s exactly what the research shows too – that sharing core values is what keeps a couple together long term.

Do You Dave Ramsey?

Congratulations…. I hope to hit that number one day!

Clay Cummings

Congrats. My wife and I met in High School, 15 years later (July 2), we are still just as happy as day 1. If I had it to do over, I’ld do it the same.

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