May 25, 2018

Today, May 25, marks exactly 44 years since I married a strong, wonderful young woman named Janet McCain. We were both still a couple of months' shy of our 19th birthdays. On that happy day 44 years ago, neither of us two naive teenagers could ever have predicted the incredible roller coaster ride that lay ahead for us. It almost seemed over before it began when Janet faced a harrowing battle with spinal cancer in our first year of marriage. But she beat that disease, and we went on to share so many adventures together: raising 3 children; enduring changes of careers in broadcasting, the pastorate, then the brutal world of politics and ultimately back to broadcasting.

We’ve been so broke, we literally ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and canned soup every day. And we’ve been so blessed as to build a house of our dreams and be able to give away far more than we ever dreamed of earning. We are unbelievably blessed with six awesome grandkids that you will surely agree are beautiful, and two faithful and loving dogs, who do absolutely nothing. But they do give us joy and laughter. Janet has put up with a lot, but she has been a steadfast, loving, and wonderful wife and mother.

We got good advice at the beginning of our marriage—never consider divorce as a means of solving our problems. And in the 44 years since, we never have. We’ve considered murder a few times, but never divorce! So to my wife, here is the top headline of the day: I offer you my love, appreciation, and best wishes for another 44 years!

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  • Deborah Keyes

    05/28/2018 10:55 AM

    Bill and I wish you a belated Happy Anniversary! Such a heartwarming story!
    We see you two have a rainy day with the tropical storm in your area. Billy and Dana said their winds are just picking up at Santa Rosa Beach until 4pm today. But only 35-45 mph which is not bad!
    Happy Trails to you.......
    Deborah and Bill

  • Pam and Cam Ong

    05/26/2018 12:38 PM

    Congratulations, wishing you many more.

  • Edith rose chambers

    05/26/2018 03:10 AM

    Congrats to the both of you.I sincerely know that my late husband and I both believed in that advice as well

  • Brenda Roberts

    05/25/2018 08:24 PM

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the positive inspiration you give everyone! I haven't met your spouse and children but I would like to commend you both on the awesome job you did rearing Sarah! May God continue to bless your family.

  • Carolyn England

    05/25/2018 04:45 PM

    Congrats to a great couple. Keep it up, Mike. I agree with all of your comments.

  • Andrea Lowney

    05/25/2018 04:35 PM

    God is good!!!!!
    Love the part about the dogs and murder!!??????

  • Rebecca Ann Whitney

    05/25/2018 03:30 PM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary !
    I have always admired Mrs.Huckabees adventurous spirit.
    I really appreciate the Janet Huckabee Nature Center in Ft Smith,AR. A very appropriate tribute to her.
    My grandkids & I love going there .
    I wish you many more years together!

  • M. Zane Walker

    05/25/2018 03:11 PM

    I was brought up with that value: the institution of marriage must be honored. My wife and have been married 56 years through all the the difficulties and separation that come with a military career, including the Cold War and a year in Vietnam Nam.

  • Wanda L. Smith

    05/25/2018 02:18 PM

    To a beautiful lady and a very respected and honorable man, Mike and Janet Huckabee, may God bless you with many more years together. Congratulations on your' 44 anniversary and know you are loved and valued by many who have come to know you although we have never met.

  • Mary VanDerLee

    05/25/2018 02:17 PM

    Thanks for sharing, a great story and a beautiful couple.