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Friday, September 04, 2009

Anna Bond: "Our Secrets to a Happy Marriage"

"Love your other how they need to be loved, not how you need to be." A friend told me this simple mantra, saying that it had transformed his parents' marriage. It has stuck with me ever since. It makes so much sense and yet is so easy to forget because I think by nature we tend to be pretty selfish. Love is selfless, though, and what truly makes me happy is when my husband is happy. So, a key to a good marriage is trying your best to focus on what your significant other needs you to be to him, instead of what you want him to be to you.

P.S. Nathan told me I should write, "Have drunken sex as often as you can." Ha

-- Anna Bond, Rifle Design

(Photos by Bethalee Photography; see more on Anna's flickr page)


Joanna said...

Words to live by. What a cool theme for this week's posts. I've loved each and every one of them.
Can't wait to hear all about the wedding details, Joanna!

nicole said...

Thank you for this, Anna!

eilandkind said...

loving this series of posts.
Great advise in todays.

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

You guys are too cute! And that last comment made me snort.

Little Lovables said...

very sound advice, indeed!

love the pics

katie said...

mmm. wise words.

the southern hostess said...

Brilliant advice. This can change everything. What sweet pictures!

Giovanna ♥ said...

Very inspiring! Lovely post and the pictures are simply beautiful!

Meghan said...

This series makes me so happy. Love the mantra!

jaboopee said...

Sing hallelujah for Nathan, thats the best and most real advice so far.

siescierto said...

Haha for drunken sex

me melodia said...

so cute.
I love Nathans advice. ;)

Jen said...

It's brilliant advice!

SCH said...

I was given this advice by a dear friend, and it transformed how I loved both my husband and my friends. This reminder has been especially sweet today, thank you!


Shaista said...

Really wonderful words. Very deep words I think, and can be applied to every relationship - mother and daughter too :)

Shilo said...

This is great advice (both parts!).

The five languages of love is a good book for figuring out how determine the best way to love someone for their needs.

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Antonio Barros said...

The 1st tip is very good! The 2nd... hummm

Kaijuu said...

LOL!!! and I Looooooveyour tip. Something to truly think about. GAH I wanna be married HA!

Maggie May said...

That really is true wisdom.

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oh, I just love this blog! What a brilliant, generously spirted idea! Loveitloveitloveit. x

JBeaudetStudios said...

Great advise! I'll have to try it on my next marriage:)

Brooke said...

I love this :)

{kiss my spatula} said...

beautiful photos - beautiful sentiment!

Cafe Fashionista said...

That is so true - you may require one way of loving, your spouse or lover another. Such true words. :)

I have to commend you for this series of posts - brilliant idea, darling! I have adored each and every one! :)

CC. said...

hhahaha love the drunken sex part:) i think getting drunk together is good too--if both people are "good fun" drunks!

Amanda Mae said...

i loved reading all of these... so sweet - makes smile.

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