Our Love Story

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 162016

Today is a very special day for myself and Miss Terry. It’s our eighteenth wedding anniversary, and we still feel (and often act) like newlyweds. This was not the first marriage for either of us, and believe me, it was not something that either one of us was looking for, or even expected to happen. In fact, when it did happen it took us both by surprise. But isn’t that the way it sometimes goes? We often find the best things in life when we least expect them.

We had known each other for years and I was always impressed with both her beauty and her intelligence, not to mention the fact that she was a very nice person. But the world is full of beautiful, intelligent people that are not very nice once you get to know them. Not with Terry, she truly is beautiful inside and out.

Terry always wore a ring so I assumed she was married. I was in a bad marriage and when it ended I swore I was never going to make that mistake again. Famous last words. Soon after I became single we both realized that there was a chemistry between us and an attraction that was growing. Terry also told me that she had been single for fourteen years and the reason she wore the ring was to put off anybody who showed any interest, because she had her own marriage horror stories and she wasn’t making that mistake again!

On our first date, we went to the movies and then to a 24-hour restaurant where we sat and talked until daylight. Two weeks later, our second date was at our town’s Fall Festival. At the time, I was on the board of directors of the Women’s Shelter and the town council was supposed to help our fundraiser by taking turns in a dunking booth. It was about 60 degrees at 7500 feet elevation and they all suddenly decided that falling into the cold water wasn’t dignified and backed out. So I put on a pair of swimming trunks and climbed inside.

Being the publisher of a small town newspaper means you are going to make a lot of friends and a lot of enemies. One of those friends ran the local radio station and was doing a live remote broadcast from the festival. He invited anybody who wanted to have some fun to come down and try to dunk me. And for the next three hours a long line of people were lined up throwing balls and dunking the fat guy. The price of three balls to throw kept going up and they still kept coming. The dunking booth was a canvas bag inside a wire frame, and me being so short, I had to climb the frame to get back onto the seat. By the time I was done, I was blue and had bloody toes from crawling up that darned bag frame! But we had earned $3,000 for the shelter, so it was well worth it. Terry said I looked so much like a little Smurf that she felt sorry for me, and took me home and kept me. Except for when she was in the hospital during her cancer treatment, we’ve never spent a night apart since then.

It wasn’t always easy because we both have strong personalities, and when we got together we were both in our mid-40s and pretty set in our ways. We had to learn to compromise, to communicate, and most importantly, to learn to trust again. But it was worth it in so many ways. We’re not only married, we truly are best friends and are never happier than just being together. The first thing we say when we open our eyes in the morning is “I love you,” and it’s the last thing we say to each other before we fall asleep at night. It’s been a wonderful eighteen years, and I’m looking forward to many, many more together.

Terry Nick Tampa show

I’m a very fortunate man to be able to live this fantastic life that I have, to make a living doing something most people can only dream of, and to be able to share it with my best friend in the world. Happy anniversary, Terry. I love you.

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Thought For The Day – The secret to a successful marriage is to fall in love many times, always with the same person.

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Nick Russell

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  40 Responses to “Our Love Story”

  1. Congratulations on the big 18

  2. Awwww, very sweet writeup, Nick…I hope you have many more happy years together. Tis not often to find people that love being together like you 2 do!!

  3. Great love story – Happy Anniversary!

  4. Oh what a sweet story—so glad you found each other……..wish you many more happy years together

  5. Congrats you two. Have a great day.

  6. Happy Anniversary, Nick and Terri!

  7. Happy Anniversary Nick and Terry!

  8. Happy Anniversary Nick and Terry. Best wishes for continued happiness!

  9. Happy Anniversary and many more.

  10. A true love story! Happy Anniversary guys!!

  11. Great post today. Happy Anniversary to both of you and wishing you both many, many more.

  12. Happy Anniversary Have a great day

  13. Congrats to you both and many more years ahead. God Bless

  14. Wishing you many more Anniversary wishes with many more years to come.
    Having met you two numerous times there is no denying you are a perfect match for one another.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  15. Your story is very much like ours. Happy Anniversary to a beautiful couple.

  16. Happy 18th Anniversary you two special people have a beautiful day,Love Bess and Pete/Mom and Dad

  17. A BIG HAPPY EIGHTEENTH ANNIVERSARY. We just celebrated our 40th and we know that no matter how hard it gets the “I LOVE YOU” always makes it better.

  18. Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!

  19. Happy Anniversary Nick and Terry! (Nick, I still think you got the better end of this deal. LOL)

  20. Happy Anniversary to two very special folks who we have the honor of knowing we love you both

  21. For the both of you: 🙂

  22. A VERY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! You are very blessed to have such a great marrige. We wish you only the very best.

    I wish you all the happiness that life can offer!!
    Continue to be the awesome couple that you are!?

  24. Sorry, the question marks were supposed to come out hearts!!!

  25. 18! We are 3 years behind you. 🙂 Happy Anniversary!!

  26. I’m glad we met you two. Hope you have many happy years to come. Linda and I are in our 55th year of marriage and we are still on our honeymoon.

  27. Happy Anniversary to two very special people.

  28. You two are the best! I’m glad you have each other. Congrats.

  29. Happy Anniversary and many more to come. Take care of your health.

  30. Congratulations, you two are an inspiration to all of us. Hope you have many, many more great years together.

  31. Happy Anniversary, It is an honor to subscribe to the Gypsy Journal and read your daily blog. I feel that we are family.

  32. Happy Anniversary this year and many more !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Always fun to see you two.

  33. Congratulations and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  34. Happy Anniversary you two.

  35. Although I’ve ready your story before I’m a total sucker for a good love story. HAPPY anniversary to you both! You clearly found your soul-mate in each other & I wish you many more love-smitten years together!


  36. Happy Anniversary Nick & Terry. A very sweet love story. But I have to tell
    you about another love story. Today I attended a memorial service for a couple
    who had been married over 70yrs. and passed away within 4 days of each
    other just a couple weeks ago. They were always together and now they
    have entered heaven together. With the help of hospice and family they were
    able to stay in their home til the end.

  37. What a wonderful love story. Happy Anniversary and may you have many, many more.

  38. Congratulations Nick and Ms Terry! You both look well and like you are enjoying life! Our best to you…

  39. A little behind reading blogs so we are wishing you a happy belated anniversary.

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