Happy NEW YEars! Here at Hendrickson’s Fine Jewelry we asked our Facebook Followers and Top Fans to share what their secret is to a long and happy relationship. We would then award a special gift to those who type 10 words or more in their answer. Here is what some of them had to say; Robin Rich Eggertsen said “Been married for 25 years and Communication is the key!” Jerrilea Hawkins Archer said “Gary D Archer & I we’re married 41 years when he left me, of course living forever with me or going to Heaven for a rest & to pay on the links in Heaven…he struggled to stay but Heaven & Golf won! Miss him everyday and we would have celebrated 49 years 06/05/2020! No doubt we would have made it because he once said, “I can’t imagine you as an ex-wife, easier to keep you as my wife!” HUMOR thru all the years of laughter, love, & memories made! Love of my life & he was happy cuz I told him he was.” Jeanine McEwen Lane said “Always treat your spouse better than ANYONE else in this world. There is so much involved in that statement: Smile, touch, hug, listen, play, patience, no harsh words, calm down before you speak and most of all laugh, etc. Remember that you’re separate human beings with different thoughts and backgrounds. Come together and embrace the differences! Ashlyn Brown said “I’ve only been married for a little over a year, but I’ve learned that trust, kindness, and forgiveness can go a long way!” Jennifer Feltner King said “William and I have been together for 19 and married for 17 years. We are each other’s best friend. We talk all the time and always say “I love you” before hanging up on the phone, leaving for the day or say goodnight. We have a great time together with humor even running errands. What works: humor, respect, communication, trust and an undying desire to be with each other.” Lena Bea said “What a cool family legacy. My husband and I have been married 23 years. Friendship is one key. We enjoy spending time together, no matter what we are doing. Also a little stubbornness helps, to work through or wait out the rough patches. Its not always about how we feel, it’s about the commitment we made. It’s a decision we made and continue to make. We also laugh lot and have fun together.” Shawn Pugel said “Been married for 37 years. The best advice is communication. Don’t leave mad, don’t go to bed mad and take a step back, process your feelings and come back and talk.” Cindy Grandstaff Geertson said “Ken and I have been married almost 18yrs, it started with Sarah and the engagement ring. We always remember to say I Love You every night. We also talk about what was wrong later when we have calmed down if we agreed to disagree.” Kendri Lengkeek said “My husband Rob and I have been together as of Nov 17 sixteen years. Our 16th wedding anniversary is March 11. We have 2 children together ages 12 and almost 15. We always kiss goodnight and when leaving each other. We say love you all the time and before we go to bed. We try to talk after a disagreement and come up with a way to resolve it without staying upset at each other. We have had our ups and downs but we are still going strong.” Kathy Dunlap Fritz said “Larry and I have been married 50 years, this past June. He is the love of my life. We started off as friends and we still like and respect each other. We are each others priority, but we realize that we each need our own space and friends, too. We do enjoy our together time. Trust and communication are big parts of any relationship. Onward and upward for us.” Joanne Caddick Hoffman said “We are coming up to our “40th” Anniversary in December. We dated for a total of three weeks while I was here on vacation and the rest is history. We have been best friends – always looking out for each other’s best interest. There’s love – kindness – communication – lots of laughter. Life throws many challenges and it’s being there for each other through the fun and the hard times. On a side note – Dean made eternity bands for us many years ago.” Melanie Miller said “My husband and I have been married just over 28 years. Dean helped us design and build our rings for us and I still love them so much. I think what has worked for me is if there is anything that comes up I ask myself , will this matter in 10 years? If it will then we talk about it if not it is forgotten. I choose to be married to him and we have a great support team.” Willia Zappa said “Been together 30 years married 28 years my advice is love each other like when you first met especially when you are mad.” We got to see what our loyal customers had to say, now let’s take a peek into the lives of “The ones that do the work!” Why our relationship works: We treat each other with respect and try to show it every day. There is nothing either of us would do intentionally to hurt the other. We are best friends that talk, tease and play to make each other smile. We make life about us when we are together. Sarah Eshelman Communication is a priority in our relationship. If there is an issue, we talk (we don’t yell). We work it out with kind words and never point fingers at each other. Both of us strive to be consistent in our emotions and work hard to balance our work and family life. We work together, but that doesn’t mean we see each other during the day. We make time for each other. And we consider each other’s best friend. Dean Hendrickson March 25th my wife Lynn and I will be marries for 43 years. I owe it all to my lord and savior Jesus Christ. He has shown both of us to really appreciate each other. We communicate very well and we always talk things over. I love my wife more than ever now, even that first day I took the marriage vows. I love her so! Steven Sonoda Gary and I have been together for so long that we can almost finish each other’s sentences, but even with 43 years of marriage true communication is pretty important. We respect each other’s feelings and opinions and we’ve always been able to agree to disagree if there are differences. He truly is my best friend. We’ve got each other’s back. Being able to laugh at life’s little weirdnesses together just helps to keep things in perspective. I can’t wait to see what we can do with the next 43!! Trudy Wood Quality time and communication is what makes our relationship so strong. We both get caught up in the busyness of everyday life, but we always set alone time each day and talk to each other about how everything is going. We both fully listen to what the other person has to say. I cherish our time together. Jade Hendrickson Every Thursday night we do date night no matter what is going on in our life. We respect each other’s privacy and boundaries but still enjoy jokes and playing around. We are competitive when playing board games but are compasonite toward eachothers feelings. Our lives are complete with one another. If he’s a bird, I’m a bird Bryce Hendrickson We like to pride ourselves on friendship, love and family here at Hendrickson’s. Now that you got the chance to hear about many years of relationships, imagine the stories of what a piece of jewelry can tell.