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PAGE 9 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JULY 22, 1990 C By Gib and Jean Giblin White Hall When we were married in May, 1958, we, like all newlyweds, expected to live "happily ever after." The fairy tale soon died. Quickly we found out that the reality of building and maintaining a married relationship very difficult. "Happily ever after" ecame "disillusioned ever after." After eleven years of struggles our 10re had become a disruptive force that Was tearing us and hWe sought our children apart. elp from our friends, priests and finally from profes- Smnal mar- nage COunsel- Ors. There Seemed to be 1o recourse but to divorce.- HOWever, the prevailing attitude :Creed to be mt we should Ve together group and we communicated better, there were still a lot of struggles and we sometimes questioned whether we wanted to go on. We continued to struggle and during this time we saw the marriages of so many friends and acquaintances fail. Though we were together and were communicating better, we felt the need for something more in our lives. At this time we also wanted something for those friends who were in hurting rela- tionships and ready to call it quits. But there was nothing available but private counseling. Then about four or five of communication, we began to deal with our relationship on a much deeper level. Retrouvaille has helped us face the misery that we had often felt over the years and just as often buried. Working on our own relationship is a necessity before we can begin helping other couples work on their relation- ships. With the help of Retrouvaille, our love grows each day, and continues to help us in the struggles of our relation- ship. And it is those very struggles that we share with other couples. Though we were back together long before our involvement in Retrouvaille, it has been the greatest gift to our marriage. We urge couples who are years ago, a friend of ours gave us an ar- ticle he had t t prevadmg attitude see . md to be dmt we dmuld read in a liVe .... . regal]dless,, of cation.Cathlic publi-The h ' vJ, dc