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February 2, 2014

Two become one

Bourffs have been married 57 years, but it wasn't love at first sight

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“If you love each other, it will be lasting,” Dan said.

Even when they both had major health issues during their 57-year marriage, through it all they've said to each other, "For better or worse."

"I don't know anyone else I'd rather spend my life with than him," Barbara said. "You're just joined at the hip and there's no other way."

They try to look at situations from each other's view and agree that they both have to give 100 percent to make their marriage work, even though it's not always easy to say I'm sorry.

"It's not all sugar-coated happy happy happy," Barbara said. "It's not always fun. Life throws you some curves."

"But you've got to be big enough to handle it," Dan said.

Listening and talking things out is a big reason for their successful marriage. They’re proud of the hard work they put in to building a lasting relationship.

"When you get married it's more of a physical thing," Barbara said. "As you grow older together, your love grows in a deeper way. You mold into one person."

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