Joe is never far away, whether he is working on the garden or at the nearby ranch.
"I do just about anything there — plow or make hay," he said.
He also enjoys putting puzzles together for his grandchildren. They range from images of The Lord's Supper to John Deere.
"I'm a John Deere guy and a Ford man," he said.
Darla said she had no doubts that this hardworking man could provide for her.
"I was sure that a man who worked every day of his life would provide for his family, and I would rate him as 100 percent," she said.
But despite her conviction that Joe was the right man to marry in September, her thoughts were different in January. Circumstances made it difficult for Joe to make a good first impression.
Darla was dating a man who just left for California that morning. She had no intentions of meeting her future husband on a blind date that day.
"I was fretting around all day long," she said.
Darla was not happy about the set-up that night, either.