Saturday, July 17, 2010

Happy Anniversary to My Hubby!

Jenn here. Today is our 17th anniversary!

I met my husband when I was 15 in a grocery store. Every week my parents would take my grandmother shopping at Winn-Dixie where my husband worked as a teenager. My parents would do their shopping and I would stay with Grandma and help her if she needed it. (I dedicated our Watkins Family page and wrote her eulogy here.)

Anyway, my husband and I had a mutual friend who ran the cash register. One day she refused to check out my grandmother unless I gave her my phone number for Dwayne. I wasn't allowed to date until I turned sixteen, which was a month away. I refused to give my number. A line began to build. People started yelling, "Give her the number!" Even Grandma started laughing and telling me to give my number.

For a brief moment, I considered giving the wrong number, but I couldn't do it. He called me on a regular basis for five months before I finally agreed to go out with him. We went out three times and didn't date again until my senior year in high school. I'm so thankful we reconnected, dated all through college, and married a couple of months after I graduated. Now I have known Dwayne longer than I didn't know him. He is such a huge part of my life and has helped make me who I am today. I've never questioned his love. It's amazing how one decision can change a person's life forever.

This morning he gave me an anniversary card, and it was themed around a title and the scripture I have planned for a 1929 novel set in Columbia, SC.  When I opened it, my heart quickened, and I needed a moment to process it. I asked him if he realized how the card connected to a novel in my head and heart that is yet to be written, and his response was, "I was spirit-led."

Yes, he was! It's like a sign. I now know that this novel will be written!

I'm so thankful, that not only is Dwayne spirit-led, but so is our marriage! We've been married long enough to have hurdled some bumps, nursed some wounds, and built a solid foundation of faith and love. 

While I'm not ready to talk about the manuscript yet, here is the verse, "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it..." (Song of Solomon 8:7)


  1. Jenn, Girl you are romancing the blog today! I love your story and the card with the scripture for your next novel.
    I'm just excited to read anything you write. Highland Blessings is amazing. If anyone hasn't read it---read it--NOW!

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. Happy Anniversary!!! My husband and my 22nd anniversary is coming up soon, too, so I can relate to your comments.

    My God speed your fingers on your laptop and give you an endless supply of creativity for that new book. Can't wait to get the opportunity to read it.

  3. Happy Anniversary! What a blessing to read your blog today!

    I dearly love the Song of Solomon, so I know your next novel will be fabulous!

  4. Thanks everyone! And Lindi, you are so sweet to say that about my book Highland Blessings!

    Actually, the 1929 SC novel won't be my next one as I have a few in front of it that I've already started writing. But I'm definitely looking forward to it!

  5. Happy Anniversary, Jenn!! Love the scripture and the story of you and Dwayne!

  6. Happy anniversary!! And what a sweet story.

    My hubby and I just celebrated our 24th. We've been married exactly half our lifetime. Amazing. :)

  7. So sweet. Another classic example of "Because of Winn Dixie." :-)