They were looking toward the future when Ty's unit was redeployed.
Then one day in December 2004, Ty was on a truck as part of a convoy patrolling in Iraq's Anbar province when they were targeted by a suicide bomber.
...Ty was hurt, badly. The blast engulfed him in flames and riddled his brain with shrapnel.
He was stabilized and transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Renee went there too and doctors told her Ty was clinging to life.
"If he makes it through today, it's a good day. If he makes it through tonight, it's a good night. We got told that every single day," said Renee.
Ty fought hard and did make it but he was disfigured beyond recognition. He lost sight in his right eye and doctors had to remove most of his left arm and some of his right hand.
But through 50 plus surgeries, 19 months of painful rehabilitation and disfiguring scars, Renee stood by him.
"I didn't marry him because he was a good looking guy, I married him because of who he was," said Renee.
...Ty and Renee Ziegel see love not with their eyes but with their heart.
"If you love somebody," said Renee, "you're going to do what you have to do, no matter what."
Happy Valentine's Day.