Post # 1
What couple in your life inspires you with their love for each other?
For me, it’s my ex-boyfriend’s parents. They have been married for over 50 years, they keep each other young. The have been through amazingly joyful and shatteringly difficult times and have come through it all with their love for each other not only intact by seemingly growing. They have six kids and 11 grandkids (another one on the way!). I love them, and their love inspires me and gives me hope!
How about you?
Post # 3
I’m inspired by my parents (35 years this year!), my parents’ friends (all still married, some kind of record), and my maternal grandparents. I’ve actually been lucky that I’ve been surrounded by strong marriages all my life. It really helps to be able to see successful and happy unions! I think there’s too much cynicism about marriage! 🙂
Post # 4
I too am inspired by my parents. They will be married 29 years this coming August 9th . They were married young (19 & 20) and have had trials and tribulations but always work things out. I love my parents and have always enjoyed spending time with them. They really are a true inspiration.
Post # 5
My parents. Hands down. Second place would be good friends of ours who are about to celebrate their third anniversary. They have so much love and respect for eachother. Amazing.
Post # 6
Can I say my own? While my parents’ determination to stay together is admirable, there are things in their relationship that i’m not a fan of, like the traditionalism of man and wife roles, etc, and I won’t go into it too much. My dad loves and respects my mom and things have changed a lot in the last 10 years, especially the last 1 year since my brother/their son has passed, but I remember growing up and always thinking that there should be more equality, etc. But, you know, old fashioned is what they are!
I just love that everything my Fiance and I have encountered in the past 4.5 years (deployment, my brother’s death, family issues, distance) we’ve handled with poise, grace, and respect. I was really enlightened by this when we had to do our counseling (which was pretty lame…we learned nothing new about this) and he phrased everything so well when we scored so highly on communication and problem resolution. I was just kinda like, "yeah we rock!" I’ve had a lot of friends come up to me and tell me how much they admire how we handle everything and that we’re a great inspiration to them when THEY have troubles.
It’s a constant reminder that we’ve handled a LOT of crap in the past few years and anything thrown our way should be completely manageable and none of it should tear us apart.
Post # 7
I love hearing that so many people have said their parents, and cited a long a loving relationship! There’s nothing in the world like having that kind of example, and both Mr.Rain and I are blessed to have our parents’ marriages to look to as inspiration. Though neither set is perfect, they have both been together through thick and thin, with no end in sight!
My Grams often tells me that Mr.Rain reminds her of my Grandfather, who passed away two years ago. They were married for over something like 50 years, and they took care and loved on one another until the day he passed away. Mr.Rain says he hopes I live to be really old, and that I die first and he dies the day after me. I hope so, too 🙂
Post # 8
My grandparents totally inspire me because they have been married for almost 50 years are still madly in love.
Post # 9
My sister’s love inspires me. She’s been divorced once and I ask her how the love for her current husband is different than her first. She just says that this one is different and you can tell. They’ve got 3 kids now.
Post # 10
It seems a little silly but our couple inspirations are either TV couples or high-profile/celebrity couples such as The Huxtables, President & Michelle Obama, Will and Jada Smith. Both my Fiance and I grew up in single-mom households–we both don’t have personal inspirational examples to choose from.
So like ejs4y8 I’m saying my own relationship is inspirational. Our similar histories has helped us come together to form a relationship that I’ve been told has been inspirational to other people. One thing that has really helped our relationship is everyday is a choice and we wake up and choose each other all over again. It’s like taking off my engagement ring at night (and soon my wedding band) and putting it on in the morning is not something little–I look at it and realize I am choosing him to be my partner every day–and that inspires me 🙂
Post # 11
My grandparents. They were married for 53 years when my grandfather died. They were nothing alike and sometimes you’d think they wanted to murder each other. But my grandfather didn’t take his ring off for 53 years and they kissed each other good morning and goodnight every night. My grandmother sat at the hospital everyday all day for a month until he was sent home with hospice and then sat in his room most of the day even though he had no idea she was there. Ok, I’m crying now…LOL I miss them both so much. They would be so proud of me and my husband. I think my grandfather would even like him even though he’s a lawyer. 🙂
Post # 12
Kate, your story brought tears to my eyes! Couples like that give me faith. These are all really great stories.
And YES you can vote for yourselves. Love is nothing if not inspirational, even more so when you’re in it, I say!
Post # 13
My grandparents..THEIR 70TH ANNIVERSARY IS IN AUGUST!!
These two lovely selfless people know the true meaning of "for better or for worse" having lived decades with each other, thru many wars, through life changes, they still hold hands.
They are a reminder of WHAT MARRIAGE SHOULD BE..to everybody!
Post # 14
I would have to say my aunt and uncle. They have been married for almost 30 years, and yet when you see them together, it’s like they are still newlyweds. They found each other when they needed each other the most. Not to say they’ve had it easy, but they are friends, they still do things together, they still respect each other, and most importantly, they still kiss and cuddle like teenagers! 30 years from now, I want that to be us!
Post # 15
There are a lot of couples in my own family that inspire me but the one that broke the mold was my grandparents. My Fiance and I have a picture of them on their 50th wedding anniversary in our living room as a reminder that love endures. They were married for 62 years when my grandfather past away a year later my grandmother past away. The doctors couldn’t find anything physically wrong with her and they concluded that she was sad that my grandfather had passed away. I also have several aunts that have been married for 20+ years and they act like they are newlyweds with my uncles.
I don’t have anyone in my mom’s side of the family who has gotten a divorce. Once we marry it’s for a lifetime. I have always been told my the females in my family that it isn’t easy but that it is possible to stay in love and have a happy marriage. My parent have been married for almost 30 years. I hope to continue the tradition of love and marriage.
Our goal is to shoot for 62+ years!
Awww…isn’t love sweet!!
Post # 16
I’ve finally gotten where my parents’ love inspires me. In high school I just saw them argue or be sarcastic and thought I didn’t want to get married, but now they’re much happier and I hope that I’m celebrating an anniversary like theirs one day! Before I came around on my parents, my brother and his wife were the ones who convinced me that marriages could be happy and meaningful.