The Story of Love Her to Death

My wife Vicki Hurley Collins (love her to death) is an awesome lady. I need to take a minute to explain a little bit about my wife and our relationship. When I post stories about her on Facebook, it is out of love and in a spirit of openness. She is an amazing woman and I would not be the man I am today without her companionship. Her compassion and gifts of faith and mercy prove to me daily how lucky I am to have her in my life.

Todd Snider

We met in Sunday school at a church we were visiting. I was in the final stages of my divorce and she had gone through the same process a year and a half earlier. We became friends and I asked her to my work Christmas party that year. After the divorce was final, we began dating. I was attracted to her physically and even more so to her personality. During the time we spent together we discovered that we had shared values. We fell in love.

After 23 years of marriage, I was not in any hurry to get married again. Vicki and I enjoyed each others company but did not want to rush into anything. We dated for 5 years, and have now been married for almost 8. I can tell you that I loved this woman while we were dating; I loved her when we got engaged; I loved her when we married; and I have loved her since. But the element of this relationship that few realize is the “in sickness and in health” promise in the wedding vows. After my heart transplant and subsequent spinal cord injury, she has stayed by my side with nothing but help and encouragement. This takes love to a whole different level.

Tux pix

Our relationship is phenomenal. We laugh together, often at each other, often at ourselves. We think the same things at the same time. I connect her dots. I love to laugh and to make others laugh. Never do I make Vicki feel stupid or uncomfortable, nor do we take ourselves too seriously. The little things that she says that make my day are what I post. By doing so, I mean to open up our lives to let you in to see what I find humorous. As many of you know, I can find humor in almost anything.

Please enjoy these snippets as they are intended to make you laugh, but not at her expense. She makes ME laugh. She is the love of my life and she is fine with what I do. And just so you’ll know, she could post just as many “Steve-isms” on her page had she the time or the thesaurus. When you see a post about her, I hope you laugh like I do, and understand that she is my world.

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