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Wedding anniversaries; the importance of them

Fourteen good years this year
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Marking that special day for newlyweds we all know the importance of it. It’s a beautiful day with beautiful bride and lots of family around to take part in this amazing day. Some would say that the anniversary can be just as important. Think about it, after the wedding, and maybe the honeymoon, most couples get right back to their daily bump and grind.

You head back to work and begin to take on all of the stressors each day has to bring. If you’re like some the excitement of that wonderful day seems to wear off and begin to act less like two people who are married. Those stressors can be overwhelming, if you have kids, then you consumed by their daily activities.

Of course those things can be fun but it seems that you are as a married couple takes a backseat to all those things. Even your romantic dinners turn into a hurry and get the kids fed so that we put a period at the end of this day. Wedding anniversaries are important; they help remind us of that day that filled with so much magic that those daily stressors finally take a backseat of their own.

Marriages need rekindling; you have to make time to fan that flame that once burned like a blazing inferno. Of course that something you should to a smaller scale on daily bases. Every day you can look around Wichita Falls and see flames burning out or couples gently fanning there fire. An example of each, people at Walmart arguing or ignoring each other or just too busy to pay attention to one another verses those couples you see sitting close, hand in hand at the water falls.

Sitting out at the falls is free, it’s not about the money it’s about the time. As busy as some couples are, their anniversary is the only time that some can make time to spend quality time. If a marriage was worth celebrating originally, then it ought to be worth re-celebrating. An anniversary is much like a shared birthday and ought to be a memorable occasion.

Wedding anniversaries, like other celebrated days, are worth putting some time and effort into making that day something to be remembered. Hopefully, good marriages get better with time, so each year should be a celebration of making something that was good and meaningful into something that is even better. There are a lot of jokes and references to one spouse or the other forgetting their wedding anniversary; that is about fun and games, most couples remember this day in one way or another.

Let’s hope it about who got to drunk or who started a fight. A wedding anniversary is a time to rethink commitments made in years past. It is also a time to set new commitments with each other that are in keeping with the growth and development of the marriage, yes your marriage should continue to grow. It is a time to give thanks to each other for services rendered, joys experienced, care given, love extended, hopes shared, comfort given in times of need, acceptances of weaknesses as well as strengths, along with feelings expressed and promises delivered.

We forget to share our appreciation for these things all of the other days of the year. Anniversary time is a good time to evaluate how the marriage relationship is meeting the needs of your spouse. Take time to notice that I said meeting the needs of your spouse; marriage is not about being selfish. It would be a good time to do a little of an inventory on the profits and losses to the marriage relationship during the past year. It is an ideal time to set new goals for strengthening your marriage. Work up that inferno you once had and take the time to fall in love again. To DeeLynn Lopez, thank you for 14 wonderful years.

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