Pete & Terri Hayes
Years Married: 32 years
Year Encountered: 2011
City: Flower Mound
What was the most surprising thing we learned about each other on our weekend?
We were both surprised at the level of deep emotion we felt for each other throughout the weekend. It’s one thing to bring up feelings of fond nostalgia while remembering events in our lives together but it’s another to have those events bring out true emotions of love and a longing to maintain that connection as we continue our lives together.
What was the most surprising thing we learned about ourselves on our weekend?
We learned that the foundation that we have build our marriage on was solid, deep and committed. But we were surprised at the new details of familiar events in our lives the further enriched our marriage and affirmed the reason we were drawn to each other all those years ago.
Have my feelings about our marriage being a sacrament changed since our weekend and how?
The short answer is yes. The fact that the WWME weekend is organized around religious context and content leads you to gain greater appreciation for the sacrament of marriage and the importance it’s place is both in the religious and secular portions of society and our daily lives.
How have the WWME tools increased our communication as a couple? Has our prayer life and/or spirituality changed since our weekend? How?
Our new communication tools have allowed us to learn much more of what affects each of us in certain situations. We have also gained personal and emotional insights into each other’s “love language” types that have allowed a more complete understanding of our differences that have now become strengths in our relationship.
What has the WWME community meant to us since our weekend?
Meeting with other WWME couples both as a prayer couple for a subsequent event and in our Circle events has allowed us to bond with other like-minded people who feel as strongly as we do about the sanctity of marriage.
What does "Make a decision to love" mean to our relationship now?
We have always been devoted to each other throughout our 32 years of marriage and the WWME weekend offered and opportunity to reinforce those bonds that made us commit to each other through the sacrament of marriage.
Pete and Terri