Marriage (What's it all about?) - A Dose of Encouragement



                                                    ME & FRED!

Yes as you read this today we will be married 37 years.

To celebrate we are off on holiday to Malta a new destination for both of us.

So I thought that this post today should be about Marriage and what it's all about.

Fred and I met in 1971

Started going together in 1973

Got engaged in 1975 as we were finishing school and heading off to university so promised our parents we would  wait 4 years until we were both finished there before we would get married.

Sorry but we broke that promise - we are not perfect.

We got married on 27th August 1977

It all seemed to be going in 2 year gaps.

We finished at university in 1979 and went back to jobs in our hometown.

Then it was a 3 year gap before our first Son was born in 1982

Another 2 year gap and our second son was born in 1984

Then three years later our daughter was born in 1987

The next big thing was our move to live in America in 1992 and then our return to Northern Ireland in 1995

Later in 2004 we moved to live in Belgium

And returned to Northern Ireland (but to a different area) in 2010

Last year 2013 was a big year

Firstly we got round to doing our family photo shoot that the kids had promised to buy us for our 30th Wedding Anniversary - not their fault that it didn't get down sooner just the fault of how difficult it is to get us all together in the same country let alone in the same place for long enough to organise something like this.

They will not be very happy about this casual one but I think it is just us with our natural happy faces.

They might be a bit happier (but probably not) with this more formal one of the two of us!

So finally we come to this year 2014 and we are happy and proud to celebrate our 37th Anniversary.

No fancy picture from this year just a happy one our oldest son took of us when we went to visit him in Leeds at Easter.

What were we doing that makes me think of it as being a happy picture?

Well we were in a small village in the Yorkshire dales just walking around relaxing together and laughing at the ducks and ducklings.

That's what marriage is all about, 

sharing the everyday times 

with the person you are meant to be with 


 thanking God for each other.


  1. Happy Anniversary!

    We recently celebrated our 26th

  2. That is lovely Sandra. Congratulations to you and Fred and may you be blessed together for many years to come. You are both wonderfully inspirational friends and I am thankful to God I got the chance to know and befriend you. Enjoy Malta. x

  3. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I think that is just wonderful. Thank you for sharing your encouraging story with us. I posted today about marriage as well. May God bless you with many more years of a blessed marriage. I linked up next to you at Counting My Blessings.

  4. Happy Anniversary! My hubby and I met in 1971, but we married in 1973 :-) Great post! Visiting from Spiritual Sundays.

  5. What an awesome post and a wonderful spiritual and marital legacy you have carved out for your family and friends. Sounds like you are doing a great job of following one of my key pieces of advice - treasure your moments :)

    And thank you, too, for the cute ideas with the app Photofunia - I have it, but haven't used it yet. I'll definitely be using it soon. Very fun photos!

    Have a blessed and beautiful week!

  6. I enjoyed your chronicle of meeting Fred and the events that followed (every two or three years.) Happy anniversary and continue to do those simple fun things together. Thanks for sharing this true story with us here at "Tell Me a True Story."

  7. What a beautiful and memorable post full of the memories and achievements you have collected throughout your marriage. What a lovely family you have. Congratulations on your anniversary, Thank you for linking up with #Anby

  8. How fabulous! Happy anniversary and wishing you decades more! Such a heart warming post! In a time when divorce and separations seem commonplace, it's so lovely to see that you are still so clearly in love xx
    Stopping by from Zaz's All About You Linky

  9. Beautiful! Man and woman meant for each other is exactly what it is all about, The Son in mind, and your post is encouraging. Congratulations on your anniversary!

  10. Oh, such a beautiful post. And congratulations (even though it's a bit late) on your anniversary.
    Thank you for sharing at the Thank Goodness It's Thursday party!

  11. "That's what marriage is all about, sharing the everyday times
    with the person you are meant to be with
    and thanking God for each other."
    AMEN! Well said and well done!

  12. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

  13. Happy Anniversary ~ lovely family and great photos! ~ Many more happy days to you all!

    Wishing you the best in the day,
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Yes, years fly by ! We are married for 45 years ! I see you lived in Belgium. I still live there !

  15. Nice post, Sandra. Congratulations !!!
    Mrs. Jim and I met in '72 and got married in '73. 41 years for us.

  16. happy anniversary to you ! {:-D