We threw out a few ideas like...
Be each other's best friend
Never be willing to give up
Take time for yourself.
But I got to thinking about this conversation later and wondered if we could have said more. I met John when I was 16...a long time ago! We practically grew up together. There were things we learned the hard way along the way.
Make faith a priority
Put each other first
Compromise...there's always a solution if you take the time to pursue it
Spend quality time together away from kids
Never threaten the "D" word...divorce
Be a team, work together
Listen with your heart...what are they really saying underneath the anger and hurt
Choose to LOVE even when you don't always LIKE them
Choose to love, it's a hard concept for some. But it is possible and, I think, it's one of the most important aspects of marriage. Marriage is not always a piece of cake with a cherry on top, sometimes it looks more like a squished donut! Sometimes it's just really hard work. It may start out all rosy, but life happens, feelings get hurt, we hurt them, they hurt us. It's these moments, you must choose to love them. Put it in God's hands, forgive, talk it through, and then put it behind you.
Well, Porto turned out to be just beautiful our last two days. Sunshine and a little surf to make the soul feel well!