Because I want love to be the defining characteristic of my life. There is no better better place to learn how to love than marriage.
Because I want to be a leader, leading myself first and then my own family. Whatever else this means, it means initiative and sacrifice. That’s what leaders do.
Because I really do love this woman with all my heart. All I have to think about is all the incredible moments we have shared together through the years.
Because she is the mother of my five children—and a really, really great mom.
Because she is my best friend, even though we occasionally get on one another’s last nerve. She is the one person I can count on to be there when I need someone to listen to me.
Because we have 31 years invested in this relationship. It is less expensive to invest a little more than start over. We are too far into it to quit. (I would say this if we had been married for 6 months.)
Because I really do know her. I have spent a lifetime learning. And yet there is still so much more I want to know. She fascinates me.
Because I want to provide an example to my sons-in-law—and anyone else who is watching—of how to love a woman well. People need positive role models, and I want to be that person.
Because I want to leave a legacy of love and stability for my children and my grandchildren. The alternative is unthinkable.
Because I want my marriage to be an icon of Christ’s love for His Bride, the Church. After all, this is the sacramental nature of marriage (see Ephesians 5:22–33).