Say “I Do”…Every Year

A friend recently emailed me a link to a story on the TODAY Show’s website that featured a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary who recreated their wedding photos.

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It reminded me of an older couple named Bill and Jeanne that lived in my neighborhood when I was a teenager. Bill worked the night shift at Ford Motors and every year on their anniversary, he’d come home to Jeanne cooking dinner for him in her wedding dress. Never being married at that time (and just learning about love), I remember thinking it was a little strange and not for me. But looking back at it now, I think it’s a great example of how this couple made a special effort to celebrate the love that brought them together. Every couple is different in the way they do so, but as long as they are doing it, that’s the most important thing.

Most wedding dresses never see the light of day after the Big Day, so they certainly got the most bang for their buck! Not to mention, Jeanne loved using the dress as a way stay on top of fitness and was proud to say she fit in her wedding dress every year. I’ll never forget her advice to me to always keep yourself in check – this couldn’t be more true as we start to settle into comfortable routines and run the danger of taking our partner for granted.

When we fall in love, we sometimes forget where it all started. We don’t take the time to remember those early butterflies, and recreating your first date or looking through old photos to relive memories together is a wonderful way to reignite the embers of passion.

If you are reading this blog, we know you already understand the benefits of intimacy and relationship enhancement products offered by Pure Romance; what else do you and your significant other do to keep the romance alive? Please share some thoughts in my comments section on how you keep the spark alive in your long-term relationship.

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  1. Heather B

    I love this post! Not sure that I’d still fit in my wedding dress, but it’s worth a shot! My husband and I always make sure to make our relationship a priority. Often leaving little notes on our chalkboard in our kitchen for one another and we even made up our own word for “love you”…Kookernachi. Although we know it’s goofy, we use it when “I love you” doesn’t seem like enough. He even had M & M’s made for Valentine’s Day with Kookernachi written on them. (Yes, it fit 🙂 Cheesy, yes, but makes us smile! It’s our little thing.

  2. Melissa Messenger

    I have my dreams and goals listed out in front of me. These are financial goals, to health goals, to business goals. I also have a goal to do something nice for my husband every day. It seems simply but I look at this daily and it is a great reminder! Great article Patty!

  3. Gina McKeehan

    My husband and I have been married for almost 15 years. In no way, shape or form is marriage easy. It takes more work than most people imagine. To keep the spark alive in our marriage we have date time, tons of communication (communication is key) and we flirt with each other.

  4. Kathryn Howard

    We are the masters of staycations! We have 5 young children at home so our time and money are limited, but we know the importance of quality time away together. Local weekend getaways can be inexpensive and we are still available in case of emergencies, however we can unplug and focus on each other. I constantly rent the suite we stayed in the night of our wedding (at least 6 times a year). On our anniversary every year we go out with our whole bridal party to celebrate our marriage. I think I look forward to that night more than my kids look forward to Christmas. Thanks for the great blog Patty!

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