Today I celebrate 13 years of marriage to my lovely bride, Carrie Ann but we have been a couple since we got together in May of 2002. Marrying her is the best decision I have ever made. Having a son with her is the best thing that ever happened to me.

I proposed to her on top of the Empire State Building (her favorite movie is "An Affair to Remember," which the film "Sleepless In Seattle" was based on) and we exchanged vows in our living room in front of our Christmas tree on Dec. 30, 2007, in front of our immediate family.  We had our reception nine months later at the baseball park at Yakima County Stadium, where we played the video of our ceremony on the massive video screen.

When we first met -- thanks to my sister, Bonnie, who works alongside Carrie -- I was coming off of a fairly long relationship and Carrie was going through a divorce. I was 31 at the time and was pretty much resigning myself to being single the rest of my life and never getting to experience fatherhood and being a parent. I guess I felt like I didn't have much to lose as I was basically sulking in my one-bedroom apartment at Lake Aspen so I asked her out on a date.

The rest, as they say, is history. Was it destiny?

I was recently reminded of some evidential proof that maybe I was, indeed, destined to spend my life with my wife, Carrie. Click HERE to read why. Read More: Todd's Take: Do You Believe in Destiny?

Happy Anniversary, "Sweet Pea"! Always remember our vow to each other (taken from a Bruce Springsteen lyric, no less), "I will wait for you and should I fall behind... wait for me."

Todd E. & Carrie Lyons

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