True Stories: Inspiring Words from Real Couples

Surprising words of hope from everyday marriages.

By Sarì Harrar and Rita DeMaria | Ph.D. from The 7 Stages of Marriage
  • My husband is my best friend, my soul mate. We have both promised each other that when the other goes, the one left behind will not date or remarry, as we both believe that we were lucky to have found the perfect mate and will be married for eternity.
  • I asked the universe for my perfect match, thinking that no such thing could happen, and the universe provided. I am thankful and blessed to have my husband.
  • After being married two other times, I finally got it right. I have a wonderful husband who I can talk with all the time.
  • We have had an open relationship and open marriage since 1995. We both date other people, and everything is out in the open. I have two girlfriends and my wife has one boyfriend.
  • Wouldn’t give a nickel to do it again, but wouldn’t take a million to lose her.
  • I love my wife with all my heart and forever will. She is my guiding star. My everything.
  • Can’t live with her, can’t live without her.
  • Being married to my spouse has provided me with an insight to myself that I would never have achieved otherwise.
  • She can’t see well; I can’t hear well.
  • We liked each other in the fourth grade, again in the eighth grade, and still again as seniors in high school. After we both graduated from college, we got married and have been happily married for 43 years.

What I Love …

  • When I wake up to my husband gently kissing my arm.
  • Whenever he says or does something to show love without being prompted.
  • Whenever there are deer, bunnies, or snow in our yard, and my husband sees them before I do, he always comes and gets me to see them too.
  • Watching our marriage increase in quality over the last 20 years. We have learned that it’s necessary to have good communication.
  • Every night after work, getting a simple hug and a kiss and saying “I love you” to each other.

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