How Sweet 75 Years Together Sounds

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As you know, we love WEDDINGS, MARRIAGE and all things created out of LOVE!  In our Winter 2013 issue, we started a new department entitled FOR A LIFETIME! For A Lifetime features couples that have been married for 30 years or longer!  These couples open up their hearts and wealth of knowledge to us, and we are forever grateful.  We hear about their love story, how they first met, what was their wedding like, how were those first few years of marriage, what were some of the hard times and how did you make it through, what were some of the best times and how to cherish them, and oh so much more!

Below are the couples and their best advice for newlyweds ...

Gene & Leona {Winter 2013}

Gene: Think of your spouse before yourself and make sure they come first.

Leona: You have to grow with the marriage and take the good with the bad.

 

Anthany & Eunice {Spring 2013}

Anthany: Be best friends! Do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Eunice: Have a strong sense of faith, whatever that means to the couple. Have common core values that keep you centered and grounded.

 

Danny & Robin {Summer 2013}

Danny: Make your wife #1. Respect and cherish her. God put you on earth to take care of your family and she is your 1st family.

Robin: Be intentional about being intimate. Intimacy means more than in the bedroom, but don't leave that out. Make sure to be special just for him.

To learn more about these amazing couples, please feel to pick up their issue and see what all they have to say!

Another story that has caught our eye, isn't from Kentucky, but well worth the share.  This video has been seen over 1.7 million times, so this may not be the first time you've seen Fred's face.  But, if you haven't had a chance to watch the 9 minute video, I would strongly encourage you to do so.

A little back information, which we obtained directly from the Green Shoe Studio website ...

A 95-year-old Peoria man isn’t a musician, but the lyrics he put on paper are now being shared with the world.

Fred Stobaugh said, “I was sitting here one night, oh about six weeks after she passed away and just sat here kind of hummin’ a little bit and it just finally came to me.”

Stobaugh recently lost his wife of nearly 75 years. He said they shared a love of music.

He soon turned his sadness into a song. “We were, like, just as one we were. Lorraine and I.”

Singer and songwriter Jacob Colgan remembers receiving Fred’s letter. “What made Fred's entry so special was instead of a video, it was a large manila envelope titled Green Shoe Studio Singer Songwriter contest.”

It was an entry to his Studio’s songwriting contest. The kind of entry Jacob never expected. “He had written a song for his wife, ‘Sweet Lorraine’”

Fred’s song is about his life and his love for his wife. He said, “’Sweet Lorraine’ I called it. Wish we could do the good times all over again.”

Jacob said, “I started to read the lyrics and was so touched by the song and without even meeting Fred we thought, we're going to do something.”

Fred said, “And I was surprised. It wasn't too long that Jacob called me and it really touched him.”

Jacob said, “We wanted to put it to professional music and sing on it and he said, well you know that's great but I just don't have the money to cover it.”

With Fred’s blessing, Jacob wanted to bring his lyrics to life.

When Fred first heard the song, he cried. He said, “Wonderful, just wonderful.”

Fred said, “It just touched me. And I know Lorraine, she heard that too. It just has been a great life. If I could do over again, I would do it.”

Fred said he finds comfort in the sound of his song. It’s something he has to cherish forever.

He said, “The song really helps me. It really helps me. It just seemed like she's just sort of with me. Which I know she's smiling, she's smiling down and she likes that song, I know.”

Without further ado, here is "Oh Sweet Lorraine" by Fred Stobaugh and produced by Green Shoe Studio.  You can purchase this song from iTunes and help support Fred by clicking HERE.

 

Wasn't that just AMAZING!  Now, we would like to share more of our Kentucky couples in new ways.  We won't be holding any song writing contests, but we want to be able to share Kentucky couples' in print, web and video!  So, if you know of any devoted, loving and willing to share their story with all of us, PLEASE leave me a comment below or email me directly at Jaimeson {@} KentuckyBrideMagazine {dot} com.