Quoted from DanQverymuch:
2009: married, 3 pins
2016: widower, 30 pins
Nowadays, scaled back to a dozen.
similar for me. only had a single pin while married, 2014:widower, currently own 20 pins.
3 kids, 1 dog (great dane, so basically kid #4) only one kid still at home, but he is 18 and graduating high school in a few weeks!! (wooohoooo)
condolences to the others that have lost spouses, was married to a very wonderful woman for 24 years, that totally accepted my two speeds, balls to the wall or not at all. so was very supportive of ALL of my hobbies. Would give up everything to have her back.