I have been married to the same man since I was 17 years old and we have raised two children together. My husband spent 20 years on active duty in the Army. During that time, we raised and homeschooled our children, and I worked as a work-at-home mother. He is now retired and our children are adults, and we are still very happily married. We have overcome 4 combat deployments and many other separations, his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis 5 years ago, financial mistakes as well as prosperity, growing apart as well as growing together, and everything in between. If you have a question, I can answer it. If you have a problem, I can help you navigate it. During the course of our 23 years, we have made every mistake a couple can make and have come through the other side stronger, more determined, and more in love. We are not perfect people or perfect parents, but through all of our mistakes, we have learned that perfection is not the goal in a successful marriage. Love, friendship, selflessness, and accepting all of our imperfections are the goal to a successful relationship. During my conversation with you, you will learn that the reality of marriage is not what you see on TV. You will learn that unconditional love is a myth. Happiness, passion, friendship, and partnership are concepts that require work. Both of you have faults, and both of you should learn to acknowledge those faults and love the other enough to be willing to effect change within yourself to keep that love alive.