Fifteen Years

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 162013

It seems like only yesterday, but it was fifteen years ago today that I slipped a gold ring on the finger of the most beautiful woman in the world and heard Judge Reinhold pronounce us husband and wife. We had both made that mistake before, and we both swore never again. If you had told us just six months earlier that we’d be standing there in front of my daughter and a few friends saying “I do” we would have both told you that you needed your head examined. But when it’s right, it’s right. And for all these years, it’s been so very right. I have not regretted one second of it. I love being married to my best friend!

All my life I heard people say that marriage is a 50-50 proposition, but that’s not true. I see it as a 100-100 thing. If each of you is only giving 50 percent, you’re holding back an awful lot. Terry and I have given each other 100% from day one.

Yes, we’ve had our ups and downs along the way, like all couples have. But every morning for fifteen years, the first thing we say to each other when we wake up is “I love you.” And every night for fifteen years, the last thing we say to each other before we fall asleep is “I love you.” When your day starts and ends that way, life is pretty wonderful. Happy anniversary, my darling Terry. I love you more today than I did all those years ago when you became my wife.

I had about 58,000 words completed on my new Big Lake book but I ran into a problem. As my books often do, things went off on a side road but this time I just couldn’t get it back on track. The new stuff was very good, but it just strayed too far off on a different tangent. After wrestling with it for a week now, I laid awake most of the night trying to work it out in my head and I just couldn’t make it fit together.

Finally I gave up about 8 o’clock yesterday morning, got up and took it all out and saved it as a new file, which I think will be the basis for another book in the series. So now I’m back on track, 15,000 words lighter but with a good start on book five when I get to it. Actually, I made up for part of what I took out, since I managed to write another 4,000 words yesterday and it’s flowing much better now. I should be able to make up for lost time pretty quickly.

People have asked me how long I’ll continue the series and if there will be more to come. Once I get book four done, I have at least three more to go. And who knows, I may come up with a few more ideas before I’m done.

While we’re on the topic of books and writing, today my interview with Suzie O’Connell is on my self-publishing blog. Besides being an excellent writer, Suzie is an accomplished photographer and a genuinely nice person. Check out her interview.

Thought For The Day – A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.

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  24 Responses to “Fifteen Years”

  1. Congratulations, guys!

    We miss ya’ll.

  2. Congratulations and many many more.

  3. Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations to you both. I use the same words as you to begin and end our day together. Only married this time 6.5 yrs, but it is by far the best time of my life. I totally agree with you about 100%. Nothing less would work. Took me several tries to realize that.

  5. Very happy for both of you!

  6. 15 and counting. Way to go!!! Congratulations.

  7. Happy Anniversary, Terry and Nick!–Denny and Cindy

  8. Nick,

    15 YEARS with YOU, Terry sure is patient, tolerant and has to have a good sense of humor!

    Congratulations to a great couple,


  9. Way to go guys! Congrats!

  10. Well, Happy Anniversary … or Birthday … or both. Many more of either one, and best wishes for a great day by way of celebration!

  11. BTW … this is why I wrote what I did … I am thinking it was just a slip of the occasion, but one never knows!

    “Happy birthday, my darling Terry. I love you more today than I did all those years ago when you became my wife.”

  12. Happy Anniversary Nick and Terry. Hope you have a great day and another very successful year. Take care and remain happy!!!


  13. You and Terry have made each others lives richer. In doing so, you make our lives richer. Congratulations from the Geeks. Thank you from all of us.

  14. Happy Anniversary!

  15. Happy Anniversary (Birthday – I caught that, too!) to you both. So glad you found each other and have inspired others, like me, to take a chance on another marriage. We love you and miss you both.

  16. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to you both. You two are an inspiration.

  17. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday. May you enjoy many more wonderful years.

  18. Mike and I want to wish you a very happy anniversary (birthday?). We see just how much you love each other in your actions, thoughts etc. You were made for each other, cherish the time you have together. We love you both

  19. Ditto what Jim Guld said and all the others. You two are very special people and know that we love you. Keep on keeping on. Have a great day and many, many more.

  20. Congrats to you both!

  21. Thanks everybody. The birthday thing was an typo. Sometimes it’s hard to type when you have so many stars in your eyes.

  22. Happy anniversary to you both!

    Now, about that side book thing…of course, you could just do as Stephen King does, and make each book 1,000+ pages!

  23. Congratulations!!!! 15 is a wonderfull start on a lifetime. We wish you that many more plus all that God gives you. You are a fantastic couple.

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