A LASTING LOVE The story of Louise Green
Vintage Diaries Reflections From Yesteryear
Photo by Joy Niehaus
Advice from Louise
Some couples may see retirement, or the later years in their lives, as a chance to slow down and take time for themselves. However, for Louise Green and her husband,
On being single:
Ralf, the later years of life have been as busy, if not busier, than the early ones.
Write down the qualities you would desire in a husband, and then ask the Lord to bring him into your life.
Louise describes herself as a quiet
and numerous places here in the
child. “I was not real outgoing. I love
states. Sometimes I felt like I needed
music and would sing when my sister
to pinch myself to see if it was real,”
played the piano,” she reminisces.
Get to know the person you are dating. If there is no hope of marriage, break it off. Remember you are marrying his family.
Her favorite childhood memories
To young mothers: Teach your children to help at home. Have them help pick up toys and make their beds.
include working in the garden with her seven siblings and riding through the snow in a horse drawn sleigh.
with ministry, and after working in a variety of pastorates across the USA, the Greens have settled in Lynchburg,
Over the years their family has
and have thrown themselves into
grown to include two children,
ministering to young married couples
nine grandchildren and 4 great
in their church. They have also been
grandchildren. By the time Louise
involved with hundreds of middle
To older mothers:
and Ralf were married they only had
and high school students and have
They do not always want advice, but they want a listening ear. Be there to help when asked. Have an open door policy.
one living parent between them, so
influenced untold numbers of lives.
To empty nesters:
made a conscious effort to do the
Stay involved with others. Stay sweet. Become a support to younger couples whose families do not live near them.
they looked to older couples around them to fill those roles in the lives of their children. As a result, they have same for young couples.
For a quiet girl from Pikeville, KY, Louise has had a life full of travel, family, and ministry, and if the past is any indicator of the future, she says, “The best is yet to come.”
For Louise, traveling and raising her family have been the highlights of her life. “In our ministry with Word of Life, we have been able to travel to Bermuda, Ukraine, Italy
The Greens have had a life filled
In addition to writing, Joy enjoys crafting (including her handmade Waldorf dolls!) along with being a creative wife to Josh and mom to her two sweet little girls.
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