“To love, honor, and comfort”, “for richer or poorer”, “in sickness and in health”. These common ceremony statements define the commitment to each other for the bride and groom as they embark on their wedded path. For most newlyweds, these phrases offer hope and guidance for challenges they may face, but this is not the case for me. Karen has already stood beside me through good times and bad. She has comforted me in times of loss. She has been my rock and my shelter during many storms of emotion. Karen has shared in my joy and my revelry. She has treated me with patience and respect for all the time I have known her. For me, the wedding commitments are not promises to be held going forward, but reminders of the reasons we are getting married. Having been through so much together already, there can be no doubt about our future. It will be as it has been and how it was meant to be.