Whatever you think of their large family, their TV show or their religious and political views, you have to hand it to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on marriage.
After 30 years and 19 kids, they are happier and more in love than ever.
Process that statement for a second as we ponder if it has ever been stated before, or whether it's true of many couples with a fraction of their brood.
Once you have, say, six children, how on earth do you find the energy and motivation to make kids 7-19, let alone make time for each other?
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar recently spoke with Today about nurturing their relationship, keeping the sexual sparks alive and other secrets to their lasting love.
Here are 7 tips the Duggars say are key to their happy marriage ...
Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar
- Permalink: Say yes to sex, even when you're tired!
It's a really special time to go out, just the two of us, every Saturday night ... sure, we often end up talking about the kids, but it's still an important time to reconnect. - Jim Bob Duggar
- Permalink: Date night!
Expectations ruin relationships ... many of us are trained to be detail-oriented and strive for perfection at work, but bringing that attitude home can be a relationship-killer. - Jim Bob Duggar
- Permalink: Perfectionism kills romance.
We recently met an Amish couple who'd celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and asked them their secret. Their answer? The phrases, 'I was wrong' and 'Will you forgive me?' - Jim Bob Duggar
- Permalink: Never stop learning.