In the Name of "Love" (Linda and Guy)

They say behind every good woman is a good man, or is it behind every good man is a good woman? Either way, it’s true with our good friends, Linda and Guy. They’ve been married 30 years and one of the most endearing things about this couple is their nick names. Guy calls Linda “Love” and Linda’s grandkids call her “Hon”. Tell me, how sweet is that?! Guy says the first thing that attracted himself to Linda was her eyes and smile and he loves that she is so smart and gregarious. Hand-in-hand with that goes her infectious laugh. Next to my hubs I can’t think of anyone who laughs like Linda. I love it. It’s loud and it’s out there. Her eyes squint shut and her smile is big, beautiful, and white. She is spunky in her opinions, talkative with her stories, classy in her fashion, healthy in her cooking, and always ready for a fun adventure — and she and I (and us couples) have been on many together over the 27 years they’ve been attending FBC.

They were married when Linda’s oldest girls were little. It was a simple court-house wedding but in my eyes, there is nothing wrong with simple. They loved each other … they got married, had two more kids who in turn gave back six, and there you have it — one big, happy, noisy, busy family. Not a bad return on your investment I’d say. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve made their house a home for other family members and friends over the years as well. They’ve hosted more youth group and friend parties over the years than anyone could ever count. Anyone is always welcome at their home. They truly have the gift of hospitality. Linda and Guy were the first to become grandparents in our group and they set the standard for the rest of us wanna-be’s. Juggling lives with full-time jobs, four children, six grandchildren, church, Bible studies, helping the folks, taking the occasional trip, and camping isn’t easy, but they didn’t come from easy. They both worked hard from a very early age, and still do.

Just married on the Court House steps.

Cutting the Cake

When it comes to Guy, Linda said he was just so nice and kind when they first met and now she describes him as faithful and devoted. A testament to his fan base, his kids put together a book for his birthday last year that contained letters from family and friends sharing all the wonderful things they love about him. No one is more selfless than Guy. Ask anyone. Their answer to what they consider the key to a lasting marriage is that “in every marriage there are hard times and you just consider that sometimes you may be giving more than you receive. Never consider yourself or your needs first.” Even when it comes to friends, Guy is right there ready to do anything for anyone. He rescued Linda and he’ll rescue you. Just ask.

Their advice for newlyweds today? Spend at least 1000 times more effort on the marriage than the wedding and spend time together doing things you love. Camping is a huge part of their life (and ours with them), as is attending church and Bible Study, BSU football, spending time with their large family and six grandbabies, and [I love this] playing Wii together when they are home alone.

I love you guys … thanks for being such a wonderful part of our lives.

Linda Johnston - February 2, 2011 - 9:20 AM

Aw, Mary, how sweet. You did a great job. Thanks for being my friend.

Megan - February 2, 2011 - 9:54 PM

That was sweet- and I loved their advice to newlyweds…SO TRUE! All of the pictures are adorable- I love how big and sincere Linda’s smile is.

fairlycandid - February 2, 2011 - 10:15 PM

Thank you Linda and Meg. I’m having fun with this project … more to come.

Kathy Jones - February 3, 2011 - 7:03 PM

Mary – you are so wonderful with words and your camera! Linda/Guy – these are great pictures! We truly do have a great circle of friends.

jennessjohnston2 - February 3, 2011 - 11:25 PM

Ah Mary what a sweet and wonderful portrayal of my parents. Tears came to my eyes while reading it. I love love the pictures!!!

fairlycandid - February 3, 2011 - 11:27 PM

Jenness, thank you! You know how much we love those guys … could have written on and on, and on, and on ….

Roberta and Blaine Johnston - February 4, 2011 - 9:39 PM

Truly wonderful pictures of both Guy and Linda and what a beautiful tribute you wrote about them. You have been such a blessing to their family and I know the feeling is mutual for them. Thanks for sharing your blog with us!
Roberta and Blaine

fairlycandid - February 5, 2011 - 5:58 PM

How nice of you to comment Roberta! Thank you. It’s been a long time – hope you are doing well.

Aubrey Archuleta - February 8, 2011 - 7:34 AM

Oh wow, did this ever make me miss you all. Hi Linda! You were the best mentor I ever had, you look amazing. Beautiful pictures Mary, as ever.

Linda Johnston - February 9, 2011 - 12:00 PM

Aubrey, thanks for the sweet comments. I miss you also. I get updates from your Mom on you, Matt and your busy, busy boys. I got on your blog and read some of it yesterday. It really gave me some insight into your life and your family–very special. Love to you and yours.

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