Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been married for even more years than the number of children they've produced.
Thirty-three, to be exact.
Yes, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been married for 33 years, most of which came long before they were reality TV stars.
And while their lives are not without controversy (here is a look at the latest scandal), the bond between them has never been questioned.
Seriously, of ALL the stories and all the issues surrounding the Duggars, how many times have we heard that this marriage is in trouble?
Okay, quite a few, but unlike many Duggar scandals, everyone knows those are bogus. Michelle and Jim Bob aren't going anywhere.
What is their secret to a long-lasting relationship? Say what you will about them, and their belief system, but they certainly have one.
In honor of Valentine's Day 2018, Jim Bob and Michelle are happy to share their keys to making marriage work. Such as ...
An Instagram Tribute
"On Valentine’s Day everyone is thinking about LOVE and finding ways to express their love. I am so thankful for Michelle," Jim captioned a photo of the couple on Instagram, prior to delving into specifics about his wife and their relationship.
"Not only is she a wonderful wife; caring, selfless, kind and compassionate but her beauty continues to radiate from the inside out and I genuinely love her more today than ever."
And He Concluded:
"One of the things we’ve learned as a couple is that no matter how many children you have, or how busy you get, you have to continue to place a high priority on your marriage. Don't neglect it. Don't take it for granted. I always tell husbands, 'Continue to date and romance your wife. Make sure she knows how special she is.' Love you Michelle!"
What Else Can They Tell Us?
Jim Bob included a link to the Duggar Family website at the end of this loving post, specifically to an article he and Michelle wrote about not only their marriage... but marriages in general.
What is Their Advice for Marital Success?
"We love each other more today than the day we married. Our love has grown richer & deeper with each passing year. Here are a few things we will share from our experience!" they wrote to open this helpful list.
Early on in our relationship, we committed to never put each down or to call each other names (except sweetie, honey, etc...).
We daily purpose to praise each other privately and publicly. The words, "I love you" are spoken often in our home and we tell each other how much we appreciate the kindnesses shown to one another.
We both look for ways to honor & cherish each other and to write love notes to each other.
We pray together.
We have weekly date nights. We truly are best friends and we enjoy spending time with each other and our children.
We made a vow to God 33 years ago that we would stay together for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part. This gives us and our children the security that marriage is a lifelong commitment.
Jim Bob and Michelle then ended their rundown and wrote simply to fans: "We encourage husbands & wives to read the Bible together. (A good, easy place to start is the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month). Pray together and take your family regularly to a good Bible teaching church and watch what God does with your marriage and family!"
Strap In and Prepare!
"When any couple seeks to follow God, it is an incredible adventure!" the long-married twosome wrote at the very end of this post.
Always Here to Help
Back in early 2016, Jim Bob and Michelle shared similar advice with fans. Here is the Duggars' marital advice
that was posted on Facebook at the time.
Among the pieces of advice, Jim Bob and Michelle passed along in March of 2016 via social media: "Individually pursue a close relationship with Jesus. The closer we each get to God, the closer we each get to each other."
Don't Go to Bed Angry, Either
"Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath, which means don’t let offenses build up, but apologize and make things right quickly," they added back then.
Here's more from that old Facebook post: "Never say put downs or negative name calling, but instead, praise each other with a grateful spirit."
Not a Lot Has Changed for Jim Bob and Michelle
"Go out on regular dates and enjoy each other’s company," they wrote in 2016, echoing what they are saying now. The philosophy has clearly paid off, though.
For their last tip in 2016 the parents of 19 kids (!!!!!) suggested a book for husbands and wives to read together: "His Needs, Her Needs" by Willard F. Harley.
What's the Real Key, Though?
This is just us talking, but maybe it helps a marriage when the husband and wife have 19 kids. There's not much time to find fault in each other when you have so many children to worry about, right?!?