Black Marriage Monday: Eric & Gabrielle Graham

Eric & Gabrielle Graham

Eric & Gabrielle Graham

Hometown

Eric & Gabrielle: Cleveland, Ohio

Occupation

Eric: RTA & Owner, The Milli Team Tax Service

Gabrielle: Wife & Mother (Full-Time), Owner, Just Like Ma's Pastries, Girl Scout Troop Leader - Northeastern Ohio Council, Certified Medical Assistant

Interests / Hobbies

Eric: Biblical Studies, Coaching, Impacting the Youth & Fitness

Gabrielle: Biblical Studies, Counseling Young Women, Fitness, Singing & Dancing

How did you two meet each other?

We went to Euclid HS together and saw each other everyday for 4 yrs and never spoke to one another then in 2010 Eric took his shot on Facebook messenger...Ask Gabrielle on a date and boom! We been rocking for 8 yrs!

How long have you guys been married?

Funny Thing - Eric proposed to me in December 2010, but it wasn’t until June 2, 2013 when we decided to tie the knot! 

What advice would you give to newlywed couples?

Eric: Don’t get married lol Just kidding! Have patience and understanding

Gabrielle: Keep a spiritual foundation and marriage is like an invisible staircase. You have to take the step without seeing the staircase. Walk in faith and remain as humble as possible. Do not lack understanding on your partner's behalf, so it is your job to reach you max potential in the communication and trust department. That will build the walls of your foundation.

What traits do you think are necessary to sustain a lively and successful marriage?

Eric: Have patience, understanding, persistence, and integrity. Be realistic & be honest. Love your spouse & stay prayerful. 

Gabrielle: Create a system dedicated to Maslow Hierarchy of Needs; Self actualization, esteem, love/belonging, safety, psychological. Make sure your marriage's QOL is in check; Quality of life (QOL) is the general well-being of individuals and societies, outlining negative and positive features of life. It observes life satisfaction, including everything from physical health, family, education, employment, wealth, religious beliefs, finance and the environment.

How do you define “Black Love?”

Eric: Being true to yourself and your partner. People pretend to build a false perception of how your life should be...but it’s all about how your spouse or partner completes you. 

Gabrielle: Sound doctrine. He is the head and I am the neck. Without the two, there are no supporting structures. Support each other....where the other is lacking you are to be strong in that lacking and then mirror the reflection.