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Monday, May 5, 2008

24 years of marriage

Congratulations to my brother and sister-in-law who are celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary today. I spoke to my brother yesterday, "Wow, 24 years... that's a long time."

"Yeah, it's a lifetime," he said with a little laugh.

My brother is just 49 years old and his wonderful wife will be 52 tomorrow. I remember years ago I asked him about marriage and one of his responses was: "I've matured a lot!" I don't recall him going into detail, but he indicated that the ride hasn't necessarily been smooth.

So, how do you "survive" 24 years of marriage? I can give you a list of things not to do -- given my current situation, but I think a little insight from someone else is in order. According to Family Builders Ministries, Dear Abby got the following list from a couple who had been married for 50 years.

Ten Rules for a Happy Marriage
1. Never both be angry at the same time.
2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.
3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate.
4. If you must criticize, do it lovingly.
5. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.
7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.
8. At least once every day say a kind or complimentary word to your life partner.
9. When you have done something wrong, admit it and ask for forgiveness.
10. Remember it takes two to make a quarrel.

What are your rules for a happy marriage? Do share.


  1. I will be going on 24 years of marriage too . That is good advice and I am thinking that I need to follow the 10 rules a little better then I have been.

  2. Those are good sound advice. This year, will be my 4 th year with my husband. 20 years to go to reach 24. :D

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  4. Me and John will be married 11 years this summer. I can't believe it has been that long. The one rule I can think of is to always apologize. Saying your sorry means a lot.

  5. I love your message here. Just wrote a similar one myself and I loved your 10 rules. How easy to write, how insanely difficult to follow. We can only do our best though...

  6. Very nice article!! Wise advice.

  7. Yes, Congrats to them!
    Great advice =)
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    The Independent Mom

  8. Great advice from you Petula, and congratulations to your brother and sis in law. wow- 24 years of marriage is surely something to celebrate. I really hope they will be together forever till the end....god bless!


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