Today’s Featured Couple is Michael and Kim!
Every couple has valuable treasure hidden in their relationship. The Spouse Dates Featured Couple Interview is designed to “mine” some of that treasure in order to share it with you.
As you read Michael and Kim’s story I hope you find a gem, jewel or golden nugget that will be encourage and inspire you in our own marriage!
Michael and Kim were married on March 21, 2008 and currently live in Mississippi. Kim has 2 grown children from previous marriage and Michael has 3 grown children. They are excited that their youngest graduates college in May!
How did you first meet?
We actually met online around February 2007. Talked almost on a daily basis on the phone and online, until we decided to meet that summer.
What was your first date?
She picked a local dinner and we met for lunch. I think we were instantly attracted to each other and decided to go to a park and talk more. It was a very exciting date for me, I could not help pinching myself all the way home. LOL
As a couple, what is something you have struggled with or a difficulty you have overcome? How would you encourage other couples that may be facing the same challenge?
I think the biggest struggle has been trust. Her ex-husband cheated on her several times and just did not treat her very well emotionally. It has been a bit of struggle for her to completely trust and hard for me also, as this has sometimes caused problems or misunderstandings. I think this is something that happens when couples have a past, mixing of families and especially when we bring those skeletons with us.
The best advice is to just be patient and understanding, and if you truly love each other then time will heal and you will both be able to work your way through any difficulties. Communication is the key!
What was your best date ever and what made it so outstanding?
Best date for me, was I took her around looking at houses that were either being built or had just opened for sale. I think I took her by surprise and she did not know what to think. But we both loved looking and dreaming. It was actually a way for us to learn a little more about each other.
What are some marriage resources that have helped you build a better marriage?
We actually went to a marriage seminar in Dallas one time. It made for a nice getaway and we learn quite a bit. I highly recommend this to everyone, no matter where you are in the marriage.
Tell us about an “Aha!” moment that has helped you become a better spouse.
For me I think it was when we were able to sit down and talk about our past, what we went through in our marriages and in just growing up. We learned something about each other that helped us understand how we think.
If you could go back in time and give your newlywed selves one piece of marriage advice, what would that be?
Wait a little longer and iron out our pasts first.
When you think about your future together, what are you most excited about?
Retirement! I plan on retiring in 2-3 years so we are excited about the possibilities of moving and traveling.
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