Twenty-Five Years and Counting

One look in your eyes was all it took and I knew.
Two is how many times I did tell you I do.
Three is the number of wee lives we sprung anew.
Four is how many siblings we are akin to.
Five was the days from birthday to marrying you.

Six was the year that my mother was departing.
Seven is the year we almost saw an ending.
Eight was how many hours you spent pushing. 
Nine churches we have been members at worshipping.
Ten is the year that your grandma we were losing.

Eleven is the year that I spent being unemployed.
Twelfth year falling out a window our son almost died.
Thirteen is the number of places we have lived.
Fourteen is how many vehicles we have owned.
Fifteen was the year a homeless family we saved.

Sixteenth year I almost slipped into forever.
Seventeen jobs I worked since we got together.
Eighteenth year work split us apart to our displeasure.
Nineteenth year we lead as my grandfather wither.
Twenty years living the apartment adventure.

Twenty-One is the age of our oldest baby.
Twenty-Second year our eldest to college did flee.
Twenty-Third year saw my dad from suffering be free.
Twenty-Four years since to Jesus we bowed the knee.
Twenty-Five years and counting of marital glee.

– Written for my amazing wife Vicky!



Patrick Robert Aquilone ( is a Level 48 Human with additional skills in Husbanding (rank 27), Parenting (rank 24), Christianity (rank 25) and Gaming (rank 40). Along the way, he has acquired the achievements of "An Amazing Wife", "Outstanding Children", "Author" (, "Game Designer" (, science fiction blogger (, and "Software Developer". He was born in Denville, a small town in northern New Jersey and has lived in various locations in New Jersey, New York and Texas. He acquired a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and by day works as a mild mannered Software Engineer/developer at a major company. By night, he is a published author (, the Co-Founder of The Packy Company (, Co-YouTuber of the JaqJaq and PaqPaq show with his son (, christian perspective on science fiction (, and an active member serving in his local church. When he isn't doing any of that, he is following his passion of gathering around a table with a group of family and friends and playing games or enjoying one of his many fandoms (via movies and television) The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, Babylon 5, Marvel, DC (Arrow, Flash, etc), Stargate, and most things SciFi.

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