Brad & Traci
Long Live Love!
It seems only appropriate to start our Long Live Love series by talking about a couple that is very near and dear to my heart, Brad and Traci. Brad was the pastor of the church where I met my husband over 12 years ago. He baptized my husband when he was a kid, and then years later he gave a brief but beautiful sermon at our wedding. It is my joy and delight to share the story of Brad and Traci.
So Brad, when did you two meet and what was your first date?
Traci and I met at church. More specifically, we met at a college get together at her dad’s house, the pastor’s house! Most of our early interaction was around church things.
When were you and Traci married?
We were married on Aug. 4. 1979.
What one piece of advice or wisdom do you have for young couples who are newly married?
Brad: Put the Lord first in your life, stay out of debt, and keep reminding yourself that your promise to stay together and love each other was not just between you and your spouse, but also between you and God.
Traci: Don’t quit, and be willing to talk things out.
What has been the secret to your marriage?
Traci and Brad: Our faith and obedience to the Lord, and practicing forgiveness.
What is one thing you wish you would have known those first few years of marriage?
Brad: It is not my job to change my wife. I cannot change my wife, only God can change her if she needs changing.
Traci: It is not my husband’s job to make me happy.
What is your favorite memory from your wedding?
Traci: Everyone sang, “We are one in the bond of Love,” at the end of our wedding.
Brad: The wedding night. Ok that was too obvious. We had a lot of friends and family there from Ohio, Colorado, and Texas and many had not met each other. It was fun hanging out with people from different parts of my life and sharing with them my new bride.
My goodness there is some good advice in there! Practicing forgiveness, staying out of debt, and putting God first in your life? None of those things are easy, but they definitely help build enduring, love-filled marriages. Thank you Traci and Brad for giving us a peek into your marriage. We wish you another 35 years of wedded bliss!