My husband Don and I are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary today. We got married on 9/11/1982. It’s so hard for me to believe that it is now 35 years later. But, isn’t that how it is in life….you are so busy living that you wake up one day and your kids are grown up and you are grandparents. It’s like….how did that happen! I have to say that I couldn’t image as that 23 year old bride how our life together would turn out. It has far exceeded all of my expectations. As we celebrate this milestone, I think it is good to remember the moments big and small that create a life. There are epic moments, like the birth of your children and grandchildren, moving into a new home, sending your kids off to college, taking that bucket list trip, but it’s really the ordinary living that makes a life….the creating a home, doing chores, working. It hasn’t always been easy as any married couple will tell you. But I think the difference maker for us, was making that promise to each other in front of God and our family and friends all of those years ago. We renewed our vows last night with a small group of friends who have been in our lives for at least the past 20 years. They have all been married for a long time. Surrounding yourself with likeminded friends who care about you, your marriage and your family is so important. We are so blessed to have these wonderful people in our lives
Our 10th anniversary was spent on Kauai where Hurricane Inika, a category 4 storm made a direct hit to Poipu Beach where we were staying. I can’t help but draw a parallel to this monster storm Irma, who is reeking havoc to the beautiful islands in the Carribean and Florida. Our 19th anniversary was when the terrorists attacked the United States killing over 3,000 people. Who knew that this date would be filled with so many tragic events. It is a somber day for sure. But all of those things, the good and the bad, are the moments that make up a life.
Did you know that married couples generally live longer and are more financially secure? As a financial advisor, I am often asked about the best way to build wealth….start early and make it a habit. When Don and I were first starting out, we disappeared as much money as we could into company retirement plans, but we also had automatic withdrawals into specific accounts each month. We had a fund for car replacement, furniture, trips, etc. to name a few. That discipline has served us well and got us started on our way to creating some financial security for our family. We had rooms without furniture….as furniture account grew, we were able to go out and buy new furnishings….many of those pieces are in our home today. So the little things you do add up….just as moments turn into milestones. Slow and steady is the way to build a strong financial future for your family.
Wishing you a blessed day,