Favorites, Lasting Love
Lois & Kelly • 65 Years

May 12, 2014
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How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

(The wife telling the story) We were introduced by his sister, who was a nurse at a hospital and had been attending to me after a cheerleading accident. The introduction occurred on the day he returned after serving in the Pacific in WWII as an Artillery Lieutenant. While I was hospitalized, my husband was also in an Army hospital in Tokyo with a ruptured appendix.

One day, his sister threw herself on my hospital bed crying because her mother received a telegram that day that her big brother was in critical condition. She asked me if I could please pray for him. I prayed for about a week, and I asked if I could see a picture of the man I’d been praying for. So the next morning, she brought a picture of him in his Army garb, and I truly believe I fell in love with the picture. A week after that, I got out of the hospital and my now sister-in-law invited me to lunch at her home. It just so happened that this same day was the day my husband surprised his family by returning home from the war. He greeted me at the door and said, “Well. You must be Lois.” And I said, “And you must be Kelly.” Little did I know, his sister was writing him letters about me the whole time. And the rest is history. 65 years later.

What is the secret to a long lasting marriage?

Our secret to a long lasting marriage is this: always be true to one another.

What is your favorite memory together?

Our favorite memory together is our 6 beautiful children (5 boys, 1 girl) (especially the girl) and their children, our grandchildren. We live and breathe them everyday.

What do you love most about each other?

She loves his honesty, his intelligence, and his utmost love and caring for his family. What I love most about my wife is her caring nature, her beauty and her charm, as well as her big heart and generosity. It has been a delightful 65 years.

Favorites, Lasting Love
Sharon & Steve • 10 Years

Mar 20, 2014
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How did you two meet? Tell us your story!

We met through a single’s ski club.  When I called the club to get lodging for a ski race that was coming up, my future husband was the guy arranging rooms and rides to the mountains.  As we drove to the resort, we started talking and could not seem to stop.  We have continued to learn about each other and grow together over the last 12 year.  Our 10th anniversary is coming up soon.

What do you think the secret to a long lasting marriage?

I think a long relationship is most successful when both are not afraid to express their love in words and deeds.  When unhappy, keep communication lines open, especially if you have different styles of dealing with feelings.  Work together to ask for what your need and share your love.

What is your favorite memory together?

Our favorite memories together revolve around our time in Kauai.  We spent our honeymoon there and have gone back frequently to the same spot.  This is where we can focus on each other, play, hike, eat, sail and explore the island…putting the distractions of the work world aside. 

What do you love most about each other?

We both find that we greatly value the caring, loving nature of the other as well as our playfulness together.  We know that in tough times, we will be there for each other with a smile and a laugh to help ease the tension. 

Anniversaries, Favorites
Chelsea & Chase • 3 years

Mar 13, 2014
Chelsea & Chase • 3 years

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Go and check out Chelsea’s food blog This Grand Adventure.

We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

It was the fall of my freshman year of college and Chase’s Junior year. Chase’s fraternity, was holding a function called ‘Champagne Breakfast.’ Chase and I didn’t know one another before this event. We both had different dates and had left them for some unknown reason, neither of us can remember now. Chase was in a small room with a magnum of champagne in his hand, and cordially I entered and he asked if I would like a drink. I accepted the offer. We started with the regular chitchat, discussing our majors and campus involvement. For whatever reason, we began using British accents and discussed moving to Great Britain where we would work internationally, me at the United Nations and he for Doctors Without Borders. This carried on for some time. The conversation eventually ended, neither of us remembers how, and we moved on to socialize with other people. Little did we know how much of the conversation would come true. . .

I was mortified after this event. We ran into one another off and on for months. He would say “hi” and try to make conversation and I would try to avoid him. Fate found us both single in the spring and so, Chase asked me over for a movie. I agreed, yet, sat on the opposite side of the couch and invited a chaperone. I wasn’t sure I was ready to date anyone seriously, and so, attempted to remain aloof. But try as I might, Chase remained determined to, as he told his mother, “get the girl”, leaving messages at my sorority front desk, finding excuses to stop by, and inviting me to study with him. After a short time his persistence paid off. After a few weeks we decided to become “exclusive”. Since then, we have been through ups and downs, but never left each other’s side.

What do you love most about eachother?

She said: His unwavering determination, his adventurous spirit and his ability to stay cool when everyone else is loosing their mind. He is my best friend and my constant cheerleader. Oh, and his laugh is so contagious that whether or not I think something is funny, if he cracks up about it I can’t help myself from joining in.

He said: I’m crazy about my wife for a lot of reasons. It’s the little things she does like dance moves in the kitchen or hopping up and down while she’s excited that makes me laugh. And you can never laugh enough, frankly. She’s an idealist. She gets upset when a trip or dinner or birthday gift isn’t what she expected it to be. I’m a realist so her optimism and expectations is a wonderful thing when all I read about is negative things that are happening in the world. Bea on the other hand does all the little things to make me feel happy, like save the last bite of ice cream. She’s a giver, a volunteer in more organizations than I can even name, and she will be a better mother to my children than I could ever imagine. I’m thankful for her every day.

What have you learned in your years of marriage?

We’ve learned a lot about love and marriage in the last three years but here’s what stands out the most – learn how to communicate. Learn how to talk when you’re happy, angry, sad or disappointed. Learn how to listen. Learn how to express your feelings and be honest with one another. Learn how to talk about the hard stuff like money, parents, babies and jobs. Share when you are happy and tell one another you love them. If you can communicate and really listen to one another, you can get through almost anything.

Favorites, Lasting Love
Betty & Frank • 50 years

Mar 11, 2014
Betty & Frank • 50 years

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We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

Frank and I go a long ways back. Frank was born June 6,1942 and I, Feb. 26,1943. After Frank and I started dating we learned that when we were in baby carriages, our mothers used to talk and compare us when they passed on the street in Langley, BC.

We both were great fans of roller skating and would see each other at the rink but never talked until Dec. 28, 1958. Frank ended up taking me home from the skating rink and asked me to go out on New Years Eve; I have never looked back. We went to his school graduation together the following spring and have been together ever since. We were married in Cloverdale, BC on July 30, 1963.

What have you learned in your years of marriage?

As far as the secret to a long marriage, for me, it is to never go to bed mad. What I have learned about marriage is that it is not always a fifty/fifty split. Sometimes you have to give more than you get and be happy with it and then sometimes you may get more than you give. Our favourite memory together is a hard one as we have had so many good times, but probably the birth of our two sons would be right at the top of the list. Our first son was born in the back of a taxi on the way to the hospital at Garden Bay, BC, on the Sunshine Coast. Another favourite memory was moving to Anahim Lake, BC, where we have spent the last 38 years.

What do you love most about each other?

For me, Frank’s ability to speak so easily to people, his sense of humour and his honesty are always what I admire most. Frank says that we don’t have enough paper for him to write what he has to say about me, but to put it in a few words, he owes me his life because without my kidney donation to him, he wouldn’t have made it to our 50th anniversary. One of our greatest achievements has to be having raised two wonderful boys, who have now given us 5 great grand kids and that we have lived our lives so that we could retire happy and secure. Cheers, Frank and Betty

Anniversaries, Favorites
Krystal & Cody • 1 Year

Feb 25, 2014
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How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

We met December 7, 2012 at a dueling piano bar. The ironic thing about us meeting in Oklahoma City is that both Cody and I were not living there. I was living in Sherman, Texas and he was living back home in Enid, Oklahoma. We both had been visiting friends from college. I’m not really the ‘going out’ type of girl but I decided might as well go meet up with old friends since it had been awhile. Cody came up to me asking all the typical questions (where do you live, what do you do, do you want a drink…etc.) and well needless to say I could hardly hear him. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not talk very loud I have a soft voice so it was really hard for me to talk loud. I thought he was cute, but wasn’t thinking much about it because I live far away. When we were about the leave when Cody said “here let me give you MY number and if you want to talk just text or call me.” Immediately, I thought to myself “where has chivalry gone? why do guys expect girls to initiate the conversation.” Later that night I ended up texting Cody and our relationship grew from then on. Cody states that the whole ‘let me give you my number’ was smart of him. He says he did not want me to feel like I HAD to give him my number and if I was interested then I would initiate the conversation… guess he was right.

What do you love most about each other?

I (Krystal) love the fact that Cody is so genuine and funny. He is truly one of a kind. He is so full of life and his smile is one that is contagious. You can’t be in a room with Cody and not be laughing or smiling. I am so thankful to spend my life hand in hand with such an amazing and Godly man.

I (Cody) love that Krystal is so easy to trust and I can act as goofy as I want to when I am around her!

What have you learned over your year of marriage?

I think its safe to say that we both have learned that you never know what the future holds. We never would have thought a month after we got married that Cody would interview for a job in Overland Park, Kansas to become a State Farm agent. Here we are, six months into this incredible marriage with two new jobs and moving to a completely new state. We will be moving to Overland Park, Kansas soon. We are both extremely excited yet anxious at the same time. We know that our faith will carry us through all of this and feel so humbled to have this opportunity. We are excited to be close to family and feel at ease to know where we will permanently live. Our plans are to get involved in the community and make a difference in others’ lives.”