Mr. and Mrs. Cramer (20 years)
An Unexpected Love
Instead of allowing her mom to “fix her up” with a prom date, Amanda decided to let Bud “the class clown” Cramer take her instead. Amanda never expected to fall in love with Bud, but fate had other plans. This is a true story of opposites attracting! High school sweethearts Bud and Amanda Cramer have known each other for 25 years. They sealed the deal on July 10, 1993. Read below to find out how young love can turn into everlasting love.
© What qualities did you see in Bud that made you want to marry him? His honesty, he is kind to others, very hard working, he is a leader, and dedicated to all things that he participate in.
© How do you keep the romance going? What are some things that you enjoy doing as a couple? After being married for many years, we have found that, regardless of how busy we are, it is very important to make time for each other. We plan special nights that we do things together, just us. We enjoy going to sporting events together. The activities that we do together that allow us to really connect are taking walks, going to dinner, or just sitting outside to watch the sunset.
© What is your favorite part of marriage? For us, it has been growing-up together. We were very young when we married and have had time to experience many of life’s first together.
© What is the most important aspect in a marriage to make it successful? One of the most important aspects of a marriage that makes it successful is trust. Couples have to be able to trust and depend on one another.
© Life often throws many curveballs, and those that make it through those tough times stay together. How have you dealt with stressful times that arise? There are several ways to deal with the stressful times in marriage. First and foremost, communication is the key. Couples have to communicate with each other about why they are experiencing the stress and work through it together.
© Marriage isn't always a cakewalk. What advice can you offer newly engaged couples when disagreements occur? My advice for newly engaged couples when a disagreement occurs is to compromise, find some common ground. Marriage is about compromising and a lot of give and take.
© What do you see as the strengths of your marriage? Our commitment to each other and our ability to work together to make our marriage happy.
© Bud, what do you LOVE about Amanda? My wife is thoughtful, she always thinks of her family first. She is my best friend and a great mother to our children.
© Amanda, what do you LOVE about Bud? He is dedicated to his family. He is dependable and can always make me laugh.
© What advice would you give newlyweds? My advice for newlyweds would be to remember that marriage is hard work. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment. Remember, that when things are rocky, communication is so important. With that being said, remember to think before you speak. While things that are said in anger can be forgiven, they are not so easily forgotten.
© What song best describes your marriage? Still The One.....by Orleans
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