August 11th, 2002

I married my best friend.

Danielle was 8. She read her first poem at our wedding.

Love is like two rooms

Two Happy Rooms

Love is like a horse and a cow together

A happy horse and cow

Love is like a person and a puzzle together

A happy person and a puzzle

That is why we celebrate this day

To show our love and out thankfulness to others.

~Danielle Hines

From Ken to Becky

Just like that

Song we’ll dance to,

Saved in my heart

For this very day.

It is not what is said

But, in context, how it is said.

“It’s been you” guiding me.

Turned around, saved, changed

From bachelor to father-figure

Just like that.

Love, in context with

Something more has taken

Precedence in us.

My present happiness, beyond all

Past joys to this very moment.

Beyond romantic lines and happy endings.

I want our lives to be

Just like that.

From Becky to Ken

Never in my wildest dreams

would I have thought

that I would ever meet

a soul as beautiful as you.

If someone would’ve told me

that in my future an angel

would drop from the sky into my world,

I wouldn’t have believed them,

even if they were psychic.

The things you speak of,

your thoughts, the way you express

and share your emotions –

all blend perfectly with

how I’ve always longed to feel.

If there is, indeed

“somebody for everybody”

in this great big place,

my “someone”

has arrived.

Expression of intent

The little things are the big things

It is never being too old to hold hands

It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day

It is at no time taking the other for granted

It is to stand by your side and to sleep in your arms

It is doing things for each other

It is forming a love that gathers in the whole family

It is flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor

It is understanding and never wanting to be apart

It is Something More

I want to marry you.


I Ken/Becky take you Becky/Ken

To be my wife/husband

And my best friend

On this day,

I promise to love and honor you

In sickness and in health

In joy and sorrow,

Through good times and bad.

I promise to share my heart,

Mind and soul with you

And to keep laughter and joy in our lives.

I will encourage you

To achieve your goals and dreams

And vow to love and cherish you

As long as we both shall live