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RENEW... R e f r e s h , R e n e w , Y o u r & R e c h a r g e . . . R e l a t i o n s h i p By Keith and Barbara Stanford W HEN M Y H U S B A ND AND I W ER E A S K ED TO WR I TE THI S A R T I C L E A N D W E R E GI V E N T HE T OP I C O F   “R E FR E S H, R E N EW A N D R E C H A R GE ”,  I C HU C K L ED   TO M Y S E LF.  I A M 5 7 Y E A RS O L D A N D JUST We will h ave been married 39 years in  J u ly . T hat’s qui te an accomplis h men t in th is day an d time. My hus band i s a min is ter an d we h ave pas tored ch u rches for o ver 35 years . T h rou gh th os e years we h ave lear ned a few tr uths on ou r given topic. Simple th in gs th at have helped us get th rou gh th is th in g called marriage.   A c c ord i n g   to  Webs ter’ s diction ary, th e word ren ew mean s  to make s omething new H A D R O T A T O R   C U FF S UR G E R Y a g a i n . How ev er, in reality th at is impos s ible. Es pecially w h en it comes to A ND A M G O IN G THR O UG H rel a t i o n s h i p s .  T h in gs  can  be made to look n ew , s mell n ew, feel like n ew , but it i s s ti l l PH Y SI C A L T H E R A P Y .   M Y not new . C ou p l es  w ill face man y difficu lties an d th in k, “I w is h th in gs w er e lik e they w er e H U SBA N D   I S 6 4 Y EA R S O LD when we  w ere  firs t togeth er. We felt s afe s ecu re an d s tron g in ou r relations hip” .  P eo pl e A ND H A S JU S T FO U N D O UT HE of t en th i n k on ce th ey are married th eir life is s et- pictu re perfect in s ide the fo ur H A S T YP E 2 DI A B ETE S , A N D wa l l s we ca l l a h ome. T h ey believe n oth in g can come again s t th em becaus e they  ar e H A S BE E N D OW N O N HIS B A C K se c ure,  s a fe,  a n d protected. FO R A L M O S T 4 M O N THS! W E  CE R T A I N L Y N E E D TO B E Whe n my h u s b an d an d I were firs t married w e w ere offered th e oppor tunity  to i nves t i n R E NE W E D ,  R EC HA R G ED  A N D a wor m fa rm. G o ah ead an d lau gh ! Hah a. I kn ow you are th in kin g w e s hould have been R E FR E S H E D !! sma rter.  B u t  w e w eren ’ t.  We took ou r en tire life’ s  s avin gs  of $ 1,0 0 0 and inves ted i n thi s ne w comp a n y.  We were officially own ers of a worm farm. Hah a. NCOMMON   22 SPRING 2017