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What I learned from dying: I’m a married man

Dave and Jamie during the ceremony at Hawesville Baptist Church.

Last Saturday I made one of the best and easiest decisions I’ve made in my life when I married my fabulous fiancee Jamie Hunt. I highly recommend finding a fantastic girl and marrying her.

We had a simple, laid back ceremony at Hawesville Baptist Church’s gym and even livestreamed it on Facebook, where something like 3,000 people have viewed it.

As I write this we’re on an equally simple and laid back honeymoon in Chicago, where we’ve visited art museums and thrift stores, with a little touristy stuff thrown in.

Now we’re on to our marriage.

We’ve done premarriage counseling with our pastor and I’m so completely blessed to have been given a girl like Jamie, who is a true partner to me in all ways.

Like any good spouse, she makes me better, and she takes joy in seeing me grow. We’re not adversaries, looking for things to hold against one another. Instead we lift each other up, encouraging and trying to bring out the best in each other.

In the 17 months or so that we’ve been together I’ve seen her grow too. She’s become more of a country girl, learning to use a zero turn mower and the leaf blower, plus she’s learned more about cars than she ever wanted to know. She’s become my right hand, my go-to when it comes to moving heavy boxes or packing car parts to ship out.

I’ve seen her grow in her faith, as we do our best to pray together every day, and I’ve softened her big city heart a little and she’s become more acclimated to the more laid back lifestyle I tend to live.

But just the same, she’s whipped me into shape, improving my credit score (she has a perfect score) and making sure I follow through with what I say I’m going to do. I’ve sold more car parts in the time that we’ve been together than I probably had in the previous several years combined. She also makes sure I don’t skip any weeks writing this column, as easy and tempting as that is to do sometimes.

It’s comforting knowing that somebody has my back; that she’s always guaranteed to be on my side no matter what. She truly lives me for who I am and I truly love her for who she is.

Considering that just a couple of months ago I was told that I had maybe a month to live on this new chemo and that I needed to go to Hospice, any days driving around with Jamie are a blessing I won’t take lightly, much less driving around awesome cities like NYC and Chicago.

We’ll soon be back to real life, but I believe that if we pray together and work together we’ll have a great marriage for however long I’m around.


By Dave Taylor


  1. Marilyn Hubert on April 13, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Congratulations and many Blessings Dave and Jamie!

  2. Rosa Brown on April 13, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Congratulations on your marriage and blessings for your life together.

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