Hello, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here!
17 years ago on a rainy June 21st, 2004, I got hitched to the woman of my dreams and it has been an adventure to be sure.
So far this is my marriage advice. Keep God in the center of your relationship, forgive often, and stay committed through the ups and downs.
Life is tough and it is tougher going it alone. A three fold cord is not so easy to break. God must be in the mix to keep a marriage.
We have no plans for the day, but we have some exciting things planned for tomorrow.
Our anniversary has unfolded on its own. My son, the Twelve Year Veteran, has collected clay, processed it into a craftable form and has been working it.
Having battled a goblin taskmaster that emerged from the compost heap,
He modeled an image of it so the neighborhood watch knows what to look for.
Goblin taskmasters are not new to us and we are diligent in dispatching them.
As the clay dried, my sister Amber and our family friend Barbara dropped by for a visit.
Special effects got in the way of Barbara’s vision so we were compelled to take another photo.
In a rare turn of events, I decided to play UNO and engage in small talk. One of my friends recently nominated me for an award and I got the message. Small talk is not my strength.
Soon, my Beloved and I will embark on an adventure to celebrate our anniversary! I will write about it soon!
98 thoughts on “Benjamin Thiel Anniversary, 17 Years- Here is my advice.”
Congrats on the anniversary!
Thank you The Mouse! How is your day going?
Just started. 630am here. Looks like a good one though.
Way cool! I do not recall where you are from, friend. East of Paris I assume.
Never been mistaken for a Frenchman before. I’m Australian, but I live in Finland.
I hope I was not offensive. I merely looked at time zones!
I’m never offended. Someone as offensive as me has no right to be offended 😂
Ha ha! Fair enough… je suis content que tu ne sois pas offensé
Ei se haittaa.
Happy Anniversary 🎊, a very good advise God must be in the mix to keep a marriage.
Thank you Gayatri Bagayatkar!
Many congratulations!!! :-
Thank you Bon Repos Gites! Do you have any relationship advice you would be willing to impart?
You are most welcome!! Ha, no, nothing, except maybe to not sweat the small stuff and to not be afraid to set your ego aside -sometimes it’s as much a sign of strength as weakness and can help push through issues that need not be issues 😉
I see those all as valuable! Thanks for chiming in!
You are so very welcome!!! 🙂 Stay blessed!!
Youu as well!
Many thanks! 🙂
Congratulations my brother you have a great family
Thank you Anonymous Someone!
Congrats on 17 years 😁
When you say God must be in the mix ? In what regard ?
Hello Matt, good to hear from you today! To answer your question, I like to ensure the Bible is our guidebook for life. I have found that being willing to follow wise counsel from seasoned individuals such as a pastor are paramount to growing together during the tough times.
Ah, gotcha. It’s not a part of mine nor is organized religion but I do have faith in my heart and soul. My wife, the daughter of a pastor is more in tune with the bible and church.
What is your secret to long lasting relationships?
I’d have to say, my wife and I take the vows of our marriage seriously.
Absolutely! I can get behind that way of living!
Dreamy women 👍
Yes, they are dreamy! I like real and down to earth people in my life and they fir the bill! Barbara and Amber are some of the finest people around!
Happy 17th Anniversary to an amazing couple with wonderful and fun kids! Have a blessed day and a wonderful adventure on your anniversary trip!! 😁
Thank you Auntie!
You’re welcome nephew!
Solid advice, and happy anniversary to you two!
Thank you C.D. Anders! I appreciate it!
Thank you Endorsum!
Congratulations my friend!! 😁😁🖤🖤
Thank you Little Charmer. I know you are fully aware of the value of lasting relationships. I pray for you much and often.
I certainly do…
And you’re very kind my friend, thank you 🖤🖤
Congratulations, brother! Happy Anniversary! P.S. We also got married in June on the 23rd back in 2001. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. Great marriage advice, I completely agree. God bless you all.
Way cool Ryan! Congratulations on twenty years! What marriage advice kept you together so long?
Thanks, brother. Definitely keeping Jesus the center of our marriage, and forgiving and loving each other like He loves & forgives us.
Fun stuff bro
Happy 17th anniversary Benjamin. A long happy marriage partnership is an awesome achievement. Wishing you many more. We are well on our way to #44. I can not imagine life without my beloved. Cheers. Allan
Allan, what is your advice for marriage at 44 years?
Hmmm. I think I am still learning more each year. Think of her first, find common interests to share, be honest, surprise her (good surprises) from time to time and most of all be a good listener. Not all comments or complaints need to be solved or even answered, but they all need to be heard. That is the part I am still learning. Still the best decision I ever made almost 44 years ago. Stay well. Allan
Ha ha! I could use a little work in the active listening department, Allan.
Thank you so much for your advice!
Congratulations on your anniversary! Here’s to many more happy years together. 🙂
Thank you Silver Screenings! I appreciate your kind words and that you stopped by the Campfire!
Happy Anniversary 😊😃
Thank you! I will be writing about out adventure soon!
Congratulations to you and your bride of 17 years!
Thank you Michele! How are you doing?
You are welcome. I am doing well. Thank you for asking. 🙏🏼
That is amazing! I am currently in the mountains on another adventure!
Bravo! Good for you! Enjoy.
Happy anniversary! But if you were married 17 years ago, judging by the photos I’ve seen, you must have been “robbing the cradle.” 😄
Thank you! When we married we were both 21 years of age.
Happy Anniversary! 🎉
Good advice Benjamin.
Your son looks just like you!!!
Thank you! He does, doesn’t he?
Congratulations! My wife and I have made three rounds of 17 and hope we can squeeze out a fourth. I wish you the same good fortune.
Thank you Geoff! Sorr for the late reply, I am up in the mountains.
Happy anniversary! 17 years is awesome! Nice goblin, too.
Thank you Jeff. I appreciate when you stop by!
Congratulations on your blogiversary 🎉
Happy Anniversary Ben💖
Thank you! I am currently in the mountains on another adventure!
Happy Anniversary Benjamin
Thank you Day Dreamer!
Congratulations on your 17th Anniversary. 💐
Thank you! I am in another adventure and will be writing about it soon!
Thank you! How are you today?
I’m doing great! School is almost over!
Great! What are you currently studying?
Oh you know, science, math, English, and social studies 😜
Way cool. Science?
Well, you go, Ariel.
Happy Anniversary! May the adventure, be forever, the love endless! Two hearts, feeling the fire, encamped within the burning soul!
Thank you for your kind words!
Thank you, Windsofchange18 !
Thank you Cassa Bassa!
Congrats again. Also, good advice. Although I don’t exactly have God in my relationship, I find communication is the most important thing of all, because everything can be figured out with honesty and understanding.
Communication is valuable! Thank you for the insight.
Thank you Tangie!