Marriage Longevity

Family before farm

Marriage | Financial pressures almost tore Mike and Pat Meierhenry’s marriage apart, but a counselor helped them see the need to prioritize each other
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/12/20, 04:44 pm

12th in a series on long marriages

Mike and Pat Meierhenry both grew up on farms. They met in college at a fraternity dance, where Pat asked her date why Mike was dancing with one hand in his pocket. Her date explained that Mike had lost the use of his left arm from polio—but he still went home to farm on the weekends. Pat wondered how he managed farm work with only one arm. Later, Pat and Mike double-dated, and in September 1960 they married, “between haying and corn-picking.”

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Illustration by Rachel Beatty

God making up for us

Lifestyle | They fought one another in marriage—until God brought a change of perspective
by Charissa Koh
Posted 2/13/20, 03:38 pm

(11th in a series on long marriages)

Stephen and Sherry Collins had been married five years when, in 1980, difficult circumstances led them to Christian faith. On bed rest while pregnant with the couple’s second baby, Sherry, a Jew, watched the film Jesus of Nazareth on TV. After giving birth, she read the Bible during her hospital recovery and became convinced Jesus was the Messiah.

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Illustration by MLC

In sickness and in health

Marriage | Life was going according to plan for Brad and Kris Bemis. Then a dangerous disease turned everything upside down
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/16/20, 03:02 pm

(Tenth in a series on long marriages.)

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