About Chuck and Eileen Rife

Chuck Rife is a licensed professional counselor and marriage/family therapist who's worked with Total Life Counseling, Inc. of Roanoke, Virginia since 1988. Eileen Rife, a veteran homeschool mom of twenty years, works as a freelance writer, author, and speaker. Together, they conduct marriage seminars designed to grow godly marriages that last a lifetime! Chuck and Eileen are also certified to administer and evaluate the Prepare-Enrich assessment tool for couples.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

40 Years & Counting!

Forty years ago on July 17, Chuck and I committed our lives to one another with God, family, and friends as witness to our vows.

Just the other day, we were talking about how long 40 years is, and yet how short.

So much has happened, so much ground covered, so many ups and downs, highs and lows, the good, the bad, the ugly.

Yet, through it all, God's been faithful!

"To 50 and beyond," we say.

Here are a few highlights of our 40 years together . . .

Graduating from college as a young married couple

 Enjoying our Thomas Road/Liberty years as students and later, Chuck on staff, Eileen home schooling.

Happy Father's Day to Chuck, Dad to three precious daughters!

Our first mission trip to India, a dream come true for our oldest daughter

Our music/drama years at Grace Baptist

Fun times with family and extended family

Conducting marriage seminars together for the past 16 years!

Ministering with Total Life Counseling for 28 years!

Fun times as we enter the empty nest season

First beach reunion as parents-in-law and grandparents!

Loving life and each other!

Stealing a kiss at the ocean

Surprise 40th Anniversary outing put together by our family (now grown from 2 to 16)

 What a joy to love and be loved! 

Keep working on your marriages, readers! It's worth the journey. If you stick it out, you'll come to a place of deep contentment in your relationship. Yes, there's always more to work on, more to learn about the other person, and yet, there's a settled feeling . . . 

You belong together.
You return to the early years of marriage when you enjoyed each other.
Laughed together
And yet with greater wisdom than you experienced when first married.

Yes, it's worth the work.

Never give up!

Sweet things are worth waiting for.

And working for.

Marriage is no exception. 

To 50 and beyond!

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