Anniversary, 17 Years- Here is my advice.

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.

Artistic Depiction Of What Is Emerging From The Compost Heap.

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.

I may need improvement in this area.

Soon, my Beloved and I will embark on an adventure to celebrate our anniversary! I will write about it soon!

Author: The Storyteller

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. His favorite quote is "Don't count the lions. It will make you afraid and slow you down."

98 thoughts on “Anniversary, 17 Years- Here is my advice.”

      1. 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 😉

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  1. Happy 17th Anniversary to an amazing couple with wonderful and fun kids! Have a blessed day and a wonderful adventure on your anniversary trip!! 😁

  2. 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.

  3. 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

      1. 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

  4. 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.

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