Echoes of 44 Years

44 years bubbles Markku and Raili
Yep, it’s been that long. Today is our wedding anniversary.  

And we’re still living under the same roof after 44 years ! ♥

Even talking to each other. 

 ♥ We must be doing something right. 

 ♠ Much has happened in that time. ♥

 ♥ There have been many births, weddings and funerals.

Lives to celebrate, welcome and farewell.

Markku as a toddler Raili as a toddler

Who would have thought these two little munchkins, born at other ends of a country far, far away, would eventually meet, fall in love, and marry. In a country far, far away to where they started from.

Our wedding family shot

Happy anniversary to my Retired Husband.

I still love ya!


©  Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace

If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart — Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)


62 thoughts on “Echoes of 44 Years

      1. It’s a sign of a wonderful pairing to be able to say that. Again, congratulations.

        My first and only marriage lasted three years that felt like 30 – and I probably would have left sooner except we were both in grad school and would have had to work together daily anyway. Never had the guts to go through it again after that mistake, even though I was engaged a few times over the years.

        Sad, because I still believe all of life’s goodies are best in partnership – but only if one is well partnered.

      2. I’m sorry things didn’t work out for you. You never know though. A friend of ours got married for the first time when he turned 70! They are very happy. So never give up hope 🙂

      3. Thanks Raili. Pairing for the first time at 70 sounds incredible. I’ll bet his story is fascinating – and I imagine that they must be well mated indeed. Who knows what God has in store, right?

        I’ve always believed strongly that “things” never work out on their own – both halves of the couple must be willing to put ongoing energy into making sure that they do, each respecting the core needs of the other.

        But, like clapping, one hand doesn’t make much of a sound, no matter how hard it tries. In the end I was never willing to say with anyone who refused to clap – lol. I know that leaving was the right thing for me, as difficult as it was to come to those decisions.

        I’m still good friends with a few of the men who have graced my life through the years, with whom I had amicable partings. I believe we simply wanted very different things at the time we were attempting to partner.

        Cherish your time together, and have the BEST time celebrating your anniversary.

  1. Congratulations!!!!
    I’m reminded of a Sunday in church where they were honoring a couple who had ben married for 60 years. The pastor invited the couple up to the pulpit and asked them how they had managed to remain married for this long period of time. The man indicated that he had learned early in their marriage that his wife love to travel and that he began to take her on trips all around the world. He then stated that for their 25th wedding anniversary, he took her to Beijing, China. The congregation burst into applause and cheers. One of the congregants hollered out “What did you do on your 50th wedding anniversary?” The older gentleman responded “I WENT BACK AND GOT HER.”

    Moral of the story….Don’t let him take you to Beijing, China……….just joking 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, my friend!

  2. I don’t know if marriage is made in heaven, but I know that heaven can be found in a long time marriage. Congratulations – we are headed to 45 on May 6. YIKES!

  3. YIPPEE, congrats Raili on reaching this milestone, to both of you well done! May you have many more milestones to follow my dear friend.😍🍷🎂

  4. Congratulations, Raili and TRH!!! And here’s to 44 more wonderful years together. Do you realize what a miraculous feat you’ve accomplished in this day and age of disposable marriages??? You both deserve a medal. AND a parade! 😀

    1. Lol! And thank you 🙂 I’m sure you and Drollery have managed to clock up a lot of years too. Are you ahead or behind us in years ? But you are right – so much of everything seems to be disposable these days. Some things should never be.

  5. Happy Anniversary! This makes so happy! 44 years is a long time. I wish you many more of happiness and wish to have a long lasting marriage myself. You make me believe in love!

  6. Congratulations and many blessings to you and hubby, Raili, and many more. So nice to share your lives and still be together. 45 years is pretty good and I know what you mean about history and all the memories. We celebrated our 50th the end of last year Dec. 30th. Whew! Where did the time go? 🙂

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