Our Love Story

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 162019

Today is a very special day for myself and Miss Terry. It’s our 21st 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 from the cold 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 have never spent a night apart since then.

It wasn’t always easy because we both have strong independent 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 21 years, and I’m looking forward to many, many more together.

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 and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Thought For The Day – A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, and always with the same person.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  31 Responses to “Our Love Story”

  1. Happy anniversary, you two lovebirds!

  2. You are two very beautiful people and we count ourselves blessed to know you. Happy anniversary.

  3. Happy Anniversary and many more. Love you guys.

  4. Congratulations on your 21 years of good marriage. I hope you achieve 21 more years.


  6. Happy Anniversary! May you enjoy many more.


  8. Let me add my congratulations to you both. Having been married twice to two wonderful men who were called to heaven, one after 52 years, and the other after almost 8 years of marriage, you know when you have something “special”. And, you two have it! Congratulations, and many, many more!

  9. A great story, happy anniversary!


  11. Congratulations – Happy Anniversary

  12. Happy Anniversary to, two
    very special people, thank you Nick for making our sweet daughter a happy women with a comfortable life due to both of you working so hard to achieve it.
    we love you both
    Bess and Pete, your old in-laws.

  13. Happy anniversary ours is today too.

  14. Happy Anniversary with many more to follow to a very deserving couple.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  15. Congratulations….A wonderful milestone…..

  16. Happy anniversary!

    I adore hearing/reading people’s love stories. Through your blog, I know that you two didn’t just fall in love 21 years ago, but fall in love and honor one another every day. Wishing you many more years together.

  17. Happy Anniversary and Congratulations

  18. How beautiful — you found each other. Happy Anniversary! I am so happy for you guys. Maggy

  19. Sweet story, congratulations and may you have many more years together

  20. Happy Anniversary…and Thank You for all you do. Steve and Queenie Malcolm, successful RV fulltimers due in no small part to the 2 of you and the stories you have shared

  21. Happy Anniversary!

  22. Congrats and wishing you many more happy years together!!

  23. Congratulations! When your lover is your wife, you have the best of all worlds!

  24. What a great story, Nick and Terry!

  25. I know I have said this many times before, but I will say it again. You two are the perfect couple. From that first time I met you years ago at the Elks in Lancaster, Ca I have admired the deep love you have for each other and how you express it openly. I am not one who is prone toward jealousy, but I will admit I have been when I see the way you care for each other. It is so very rare. Nick, you are a wonderful gentleman with the emphasis on gentle, and Terry, you are a classy lady. As a gay women I have also said this before knowing it is not a threat but the highest compliment I can give. Terry, I love that man of yours. And like I have told you before, if you ever let him go, I would jump ship in a minute. I guess it’s a good thing for both of us that you would never be that foolish. 🙂

  26. Congratulations to you both. Sheila

  27. Amen to LOVE! My beautiful Wife and I have a very similar love story to yours. Thank you for sharing and keep on lovin’ and livin’!

  28. Happy Anniversary to both of you! Love to both of you, from Gary and I

  29. Wishing you btrh A very happy anniversary

  30. Happy for the two of you. It’s always good to see when two people really do enjoy one another for the long term. My hubby and I were blessed in the same way. Neat.

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