Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Marriage Advice Wanted!!

In case you haven't heard, I'm getting married!!! This is an extremely exciting time in my life. The big day is May 12, 2007. Jason and I have been picking out rings, music, flowers...you know the drill. We've started our pre-marriage counseling, financial planning, and house hunting. We covet your prayers and advice for a happy and long-lasting marriage.

Whenver I think about getting married, I think about this email that my sister, Amelia, sent me:

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closer. She had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about it.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoebox and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents. "When we were married," she said, "my grandmother told me that the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

"Honey," he said, "that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"

"Oh," she said. "That's the money I made from selling the dolls."

A Woman's Prayer:

Dear Lord, I pray for wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; and patience for his moods. Because, Lord, if I pray for strength, I'll beat him to death because I don't know how to crochet.

How hilarious is that? Hopefully I won't have to resort to crocheting or beating Jason in our marriage. If you have any advice, humorous or with the utmost of seriousness, leave me a comment. I would love to hear your advice for a long-lasting marriage!

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