“When the two of you become one, and you’re at odds with each other, you’re just fighting against yourself.” — Damita”
“Michael B. & Tina Marie Jones – Albuquerque, New Mexico Married 27 Years – Anniversary: October 14, 1989”
“We never went to bed without saying to each other, ‘I Love You.’” —Tina”
Excerpt From: Otis G. Sanders. “Always & Forever Love: Success Stories Of Marriages 20+ Years Strong.” iBooks.
Troy & Kathy Harrison – Artesia, California – Married 25 years – Anniversary: October 12, 1991
“Our strong commitment to our marriage and to each other strengthens our bond.” — Troy
This past weekend Troy surprised Kathy by inviting a few of their close friends and family over to renew their vows on their 25th Anniversary! Kathy was totally surprised as she thought they were going to attend a friends wedding anniversary. After the vows and a bit of socializing, we all went to dinner. To some, 25 years seem like a long time, but life has a speed all its own. Happy Anniversary Troy & Kathy, it’s been a pleasure knowing you guys all these years!
Otis & Freda Sanders – Inglewood, California – Married 14 Years – Anniversary: October 11, 2016 “A successful marriage is even more important for our kids, they have the opportunity to see the interactions between their parents.” — Otis
“Ken & Sharon Worthy – Stone Mountain, Georgia – Married 31 years – Anniversary: October 5, 1985”
“It was always that core love piece that always brought us together, as we went through the trials and tribulations of marriage.” — Sharon
“Floyd & Carla Williams – Atlanta, Georgia Married 31 Years – Anniversary: October 5, 1985
“Carla explained,….. we’ve been good at making adjustments, and we’ve also been forgiving. You have to get used to change and work to keep from getting comfortable in one spot.”
Excerpt From: Otis G. Sanders. “Always & Forever, Love: African American Success Stories of Marriage 20+ Years Strong.” iBooks.
Since this site is dedicated to celebrating long standing marriages I thought it fitting to wish the nation’s First couple a Happy Anniversary! October 3rd marks the 24th wedding anniversary of President Barack & First Lady Michelle Obama. It’s only fitting that the couple leading this country has been able to successfully chart a course through the ups and downs of marriage 24 years and counting!
Normally all the photos on this site are taken by yours truly, but this time I had to make an exception as I was not able to photograph the First Family myself. Instead I’m using an official photo by Pete Souza.
Willie & Eliza James -Tensaw, Alabama Married 75 Years – Anniversary: September 29, 1938
After 75 years of Marriage to Mrs. Eliza Mae James, Willie James passed on August 7, 2012. This couple set an excellent example of how a marriage can work: ’til death do they part’. Though they were married in the late 30’s neither of them could remember tough times during their marriage. Willie says he always had money because he always worked, he and his father build the “pole house” they lived in and they grew their own food. “Treating each other right”, was what he said helped him have a long standing successful marriage. It might sound too easy, but when you love a person enough to treat them right it’s not hard at all. His wife Eliza says, “I had in mind ‘I loved him’, and I thought I should spend my life with him.” That’s exactly what they did, they spent their lives together.
Jethro & Lizzie Mae Dailey – Freemanville, Alabama Married 68 Years – Anniversary: September 21, 1947
“There were times where we both have had to give in to the other to keep our marriage working.” — Jethro
Mrs. Lizzie Mae Dailey passed on March 11, 2015 after celebrating 68 years of marriage to Mr. Jethro Dailey.
Bill & LaVerne Carter – Atlanta, Georgia – Married 49 years – Anniversary: August 26th
“We both knew who the CEO of our business, was and there was not, and is not a day that we leave our home without going to prayer together and thanking GOD for the opportunities He has blessed us with.” — LaVerne
Bill & La Verne Carter are one of the 50+ couples in my latest book: Always & Forever, Love: African American Success Stories of Marriages 20+ Years Strong.
Annise & Ora Dell Washington – Milwaukee, Wisconsin Married 62 Years – August 2, 1952
“If You Love each other; you can work it out — til death do you part.” — Ora Dell
Ora Dell passed on September 23rd, 2014. She gave birth to 17 children and celebrated 62 years of marriage to Annise Washington. Her Husband Annise left here to be with her on July 21st, 2015.
Rajan & Sarah Monteiro – Long Beach, California – Married 2 years – Anniversary: July 14th
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I uploaded the ebook version of Always & Forever, Love on Apple itunes just a few hours ago and it’s ready for downloading. If you want to take your books on the road with you have access to your whole e-collection of books this is the best thing going, especially if you want to read whenever you get a moment without having to wait until you get home.
To read a sample of the book and or download it please visit itunes.
Robert & Agatha Goudeau – Married 39 Years – Anniversary: June 18, 1977
“We made a lot of mistakes along the way.” — Robert
A Statement like the one above is just one of many such examples of what couples have said that helps them have a successful marriage as I interviewed them for my current book: Always & Forever, Love: African American Success Stories of Marriages 20+ Years Strong. Acknowledging past and current mistakes and improving or correcting them have helped couples like Robert & Agatha weather the storms that sometime brew in marriages on the journey to “Til Death Do Us Part.”
Happy 39th Wedding Anniversary Robert & Agatha Goudeau!!!