UK History on National Marriage Week 

See also link below on National Marriage Week International.


CONTRARY to what many women believe, it’s fairly easy to develop a long-term, stable, intimate, and mutually fulfilling relationship with a bloke.

Of course this bloke has to be a Labrador retriever. With human males, it’s extremely difficult.

The above story/article was contributed by Stan & Paula Boelman. We chose it as the feature to begin Marriage Week 2017 as it best describes marriage as a whole. Interestingly, it was published in 1999, the year we started dating, and the story is a true reflection of our relationship. That process of joining the trees together as one gives the picture of marriage, as found in Genesis 2:24 which reads, "This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one." 

Each year we take time out of our busy schedules to celebrate marriages for an entire week. This time of celebration is recognised as 'National Marriage Week' across the US and here in the UK. It is not yet widely recognised across the world but through the efforts of Marriage Week International this is changing. We believe in the sanctity of marriage and so we have embraced the idea of learning and growing, adding value to our relationship and sharing tips on how we can maintain a healthy marriage. This week of celebration begins on the 7th day and ends on the 14th day of February each year.

We wanted to share this wonderful experience with others but to do that we needed the support of others who believed in the growth and maintenance of healthy marriages. Since 2006 we recognised the need for investing in our marriage and that led us to BeOfMe. From there we embarked on a full scale research project which found us sharing our findings with others. We began sharing here on W2S then we extended the sharing to couples in our community and the churches we are affiliated with. In our sharing, we find that it is the little suggestions that makes a big difference sometimes.

We are grateful to the church leaders who have embraced the idea and took time out to honour the couples in their churches and community. >>>More

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But both wore clothes from the bottom of the bin of the Salvation Army store.

After finding only trees that were too expensive, they found a Scotch pine that was okay on one side, but pretty bare on the other. Then they picked up another tree that was not much better – full on one side, scraggly on the other. She whispered something, and he asked if $3 would be okay. Slats figured both trees would not be sold, so he agreed.

A few days later Slats was walking down the street and saw a beautiful tree in the couple's apartment. It was thick and well rounded. He knocked on their door and they told him how they worked the two trees close together where the branches were thin. Then they tied the trunks together. The branches overlapped and formed a tree so thick you couldn't see the wire. Slats described it as “a tiny forest of its own.”

“So that's the secret,” Slats asserts. “You take two trees that aren't perfect, that have flaws, that might even be homely, that maybe nobody else would want. If you put them together just right, you can come up with something really beautiful.”

Mike Royko, One More Time (University of Chicago Press, 1999), pp. 85-87

Beauty of Unity


The late columnist Mike Royko writes about a conversation he had with Slats Grobnik, a man who sold Christmas trees. Slats remembered one couple on the hunt for a Christmas tree. 

Slats remembered one couple on the hunt for a Christmas tree.

The guy was skinny with a big Adam's apple and small chin, and she was kind of pretty.

And Rob is thinking: “Wow, 6 months.”

And Jennifer is thinking: “But, hey, I’m not sure I want this kind of relationship, either. Sometimes, I wish I had a little more space, so I’d have time to think about whether I really want us to keep on going the way we are, moving steadily forward. I mean, where are we going? Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy? Are we heading for marriage? Toward children? Toward a lifetime together? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really know this person?”​

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Posted below is one other contribution from Stan and Paula: Men vs. Women ~ Communication. Sit back and enjoy reading this comical piece. 

​​~Vince & Janice Ramkissoon

This is because guys don’t really grasp what women mean by the term “relationship.”

Let’s say Rob is attracted to a woman name Jennifer. He asks her out to the cinema, she accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few nights later he asks her out to dinner, and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anyone else. 

And then, one evening when they are driving home, a thought occurs to Jennifer. Without really thinking, she says it aloud: “Do you realise that, as of tonight, we’ve been seeing each other for exactly six months?” And then there is silence in the car. To Jennifer, it seems like a very loud silence.

Marriage advice from our featured writer: A Word From Jody 

Click on the link above to find a link to your country; Watch a video on Marriage Week from its founder Richard Kane and read about the history of National Marriage Week.

We asked Jody, our current featured writer, to share with our readers something on marriage and this is what she said, speaking from the place of a wife: 

My greatest lesson was to realize true and lasting success comes when you take your eyes off your husband (spouse) and instead focus on your Husband (Christ) all for the purpose of learning what His love for you looks and feels like so once you truly know it for yourself can you love like that, by His power alone. 

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