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Like most couples, Joan Fortin didn’t foresee any problems when she and Bill married more than five decades ago. After all, she says, “I really loved him. For me, marriage was going to be a white picket fence, roses, and raising a bunch of kids.”
“I loved her, too,” Bill says, “and thought we could raise a nice family together and just have a wonderful marriage.”
When they married on November 20, 1954, they were like most newlyweds – anticipating “the better,” but not “the worse.” If the Fortins had looked into their future on their wedding day, they would have seen an unfaithful groom and a bride who had a choice to make.
The following ten ideas, shared by couples married for 50 years or more, will help your marriage last a lifetime.
What is the result of a marriage that lasts a lifetime? After 53 years of marriage, five children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, Joan Fortin says, “I just see the blessings that God has given us through this marriage and the love that the family has for one another, and I could have missed all of that.”
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