"I do," two simple words that changed my life for the better 16 years ago today, Oct. 14.
Actually, it's not so simple finding the one, that husband or wife, for "as long as you both shall live."
In fact, it took 30 years before Cupid's arrow stuck in me for good when Joni and I married.
Am I sounding a little sentimental, a tad romantic?
I promise I won't put you all through a mushy moment every October. So please bear with me, just for this one time.
It hasn't always been a bed of roses, this marriage of two lives into one.
Goodness knows, Joni puts up with a lot, including my college football addiction and the late hours I keep sometimes as a reporter.
In 16 years there have been a few runny noses and falls along the way of staying together through "sickness and in health."
But we are overall blessed with a good life together, thanks in good part to Joni who seems to take everything in stride, including our recent move here to Sunnyside.
We've celebrated our anniversary on the coast and overseas. This one we'll spend reminiscing over what's done and dreaming of what we'll do.
I don't know what lies ahead as we settle into our new life here in the Lower Valley, though whatever may come we'll embrace it together with a shared love and a shared faith.
In all of this, however, there is one thing I know: "I do" know I would marry Joni all over again.