How We Met – by LaConnie Taylor Jones

It was my sophomore year of high school. On the back row of my physics class sat a boy with a killer Afro, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and flashing the shyest smile I’d ever seen. No, he wasn’t the captain of the football team or the boy every girl would give her eye-tooth to be seen with. Yet, the man-child society oftentimes lumps into the category preserved for Black males who are fatherless and being raised by a single mother—‘most likely not to succeed’, made this sista slow her roll for a long, hard, look.

Colin and LaConnie's Tombstone Picture-1Over the next thirty-five years, this boy, grew into a man. Somehow, he managed to bulldoze his way into my heart to become not only my lover, but my best friend. Six days after celebrating our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary on January 7, 2009, he quietly passed way after an almost year-long battle with colon cancer. Although he’s absent from me physically, his spirit will forever be anchored in my heart.

As a romance author, readers often tell me the only place a woman can meet a beautiful, strong Black man is between the cover of a romance novel. To my dying day, I’ll dispute this argument. Why? I was blessed to meet my spouse live and in living color! Was his appearance like that of a cover model for GQ magazine with a Bill Gates portfolio? Nope, he was far from it. He was an average brother with a twinge of gray at his temples. Thank God, he had the good sense not to listen to his middle school science teacher who told him Black men didn’t have the intelligence to become engineers. He was the one, however, who delivered the valedictorian address to his senior class, and subsequently received a full scholarship to one of the top engineering schools in the country, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in chemical engineering.

He didn’t drive a luxury vehicle or go head off to work all suited and booted in the latest Dolce and Gabbana collection. He was the father of our four children and the one who occasionally headed out the door sick, but somehow managed to work all day to earn an honest day’s pay in order to support his family. He was the man my children were and still are proud to call “Dad.” He was the one who spoiled me rotten, in spite of my shortcomings. He was the man who honored and respected me with his whole heart and demanded the same from others on my behalf. He was the man who cried with me and for me. He was the man who celebrated my joys and shared my pain. He was the man I entrusted with my darkest secrets and deepest fears, which he safely tucked them away inside his heart and carried to his grave.

What was special about that day? Everything! Little did I realize then, but that chance encounter on a hot, summer day in August 1974 changed my life, forever.

Until next time – stay well and be blessed,

LaConnie

So how did you meet the love of your life?  Leave your answer below and be entered to win an autographed book from LaConnie!

About the author

LaConnie Taylor-Jones-2Award-winning author, LaConnie Taylor-Jones, a native Memphian, is a health educator consultant and holds advanced degrees in community public health and business administration. The mother of four and resides with her family in Northern California.

For over twenty-five years, Ms. Taylor-Jones has been an avid romance reader. In the summer of 2003 a challenge from her husband made her seize the opportunity to blend her enthusiasm for teaching health, social responsibility and social justice with her love for reading the genre. Her experience as a health educator sparked a multitude of storylines and her romance, which she defines as the spirit of adventure, played a pivotal part in her road to publication. In a little over four years, she’s authored three full-length novels. In 2008, Ms. Taylor-Jones was the recipient of the 2008 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award for Debut Author of the Year for When I’m With You.

Ms. Taylor-Jones is an active member of the Contra Costa Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the African American Community Health Advisory Committee, Black Women Organized for Political Action, and the San Francisco Area and Black Diamond chapters of Romance Writers of America.

Visit LaConnie online

Website: http://www.laconnietaylorjones.com/

Blog: http://www.laconnietaylorjones.com/blog/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/LaConnie-Taylor-Jones/1528266571

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/the_novels_of_ltj

About the book (January 2010 Release date)

IfIWereYourWoman (3)Tinsel Town is about to learn a few lessons from a Southern doctor with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore no woman ever would

If it doesn’t have a scientific basis, Dr. Laney Olivia Houston doesn’t believe in it —and that includes love at first sight. But she meets Raphael Baptiste. One encounter is all it takes; and she realizes her life is changed forever.

Jazz musician, Raphael Baptiste is no stranger to women or their beds. When an illness strikes, his life is thrown into turmoil. But the quiet Southern belle sees beyond his past and bitterness. She sees a man who could love. . .

Comments

  1. So how did you meet the love of your life? Leave your answer below and be entered to win an autographed book from LaConnie!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of ‘your real life love story’ LaConnie.

    Like you, I too do not believe that you can only find a beautiful, strong Black man between the
    cover of a romance novel.

    I’m still waiting for mine.

    • I met my husband on a blind date 31 years ago. I was staying the night at my girlfriend’s house and her sister was on the telephone with some guy. We were talking about meeting guys and her sister proceeds to tell me about this guy that she thought I should meet. I refused at first and then he called back and I talked to him on the phone all night long. When my girlfriend and her sister woke up, we were still on the telephone talking. He took me out to lunch that following Monday.
      That was April 1978. We married July 24, 1982. We have three grown kids and 4 grandkids.

  2. Hi Janice:

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Hang in there, Lady. That man is one the way…I promise.

    Take good care!!

  3. LaConnie, what a moving tribute!

    I met the love of my life at my best friend’s wedding. I was her maid of honor. He was the best man, since the groom was his brother. We got through the day with little or no thought to one another, including the we gals chatting while the guys listened to the Yankees game in the limo following the ceremony. But there must have been a seed planted. Fast forward five years, I was named godmother to my friend’s daughter. He was already godfather to her twin sons. This time when we saw each other, the seed that had been planted–and watered by our individual relationship trials–took bloom. We were married 10 months later, 18 years ago now.

  4. What a beautiful and touching post, LaConnie!

    There wasn’t anything special about the circumstances of my meeting my husband, just at a downtown Jacksonville watering hole after work, he complimented me on my hair. The weird part was that I had recently separated from my first husband. As it turned out, my divorce came through in mid-October and we got married December 1st. That was in 1991. I don’t refer to him as my second husband, I call him my *last* husband!

    Congratulations on completing the upcoming book, and may God continue to bless and keep you and your children.

    • Bettye…My Friend:

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story.

      And I like that last phrase: “my last husband”. Keep it that way.

      Talk with you soon!!

  5. LaConnie –

    That was a wonderful story how you met the love of your life.

    And yes, there are many wonderful black men but the world often does not want to focus on these positive men.

    • “And yes, there are many wonderful black men but the world often does not want to focus on these positive men.”

      Beverly, you head the nail on the head.

      Trust me, I plan to be a vocal advocate!!

  6. What a lovely story. Thank you for sharing it.

    How did I meet DH? We were on the cutting edge of high-tech. At the time we met, the web was essentially nonexistent, and the internet ran on bulletin boards. We met on an online bulletin board – and for the first few months we chatted online, he didn’t even know I was female. We got to be friends, got to know each other well without having any sort of notion what the other looked like and with no romantic expectations. Then, one holiday weekend, he had some free time and we decided to meet for a meal.

    In one of the most horribly cliche moments ever, I went to get him at a crowded train station. Our eyes literally met through the crowd and that was it. I was sunk. We’ve been married 13 years now, together two more.

  7. Hello LaConnie: What a beautiful story.

    My sweetie coached baseball. The first day I saw him, I was on a empty baseball field with my then 4 year old son trying to teach him how to hit a tennis ball with a stick. The black nissan drove up and a man with the best looking thighs (I’m a thigh woman) got out and gave us a real baseball and bat to work with. He asked if my son was registered for tee-ball and I said no. He then proceeded to sign him up. It took me 18 months after that to say more than two words to the man, but 18 years later he is still at my side. When I hurt, he heals me. When I’m happy he is smiling with me. When I spend days behind doors writing, he knocks on the door to make sure I eat.

    Like you I will be the first to say, there are real black men out there that knows how to love a woman. I’m speaking from experience–I have one. And, I thank God everyday for bringing this man into my life.

    Thanks for sharing your story LaConnie and much success with the new novel.
    Iris

    • Hi Iris:

      All I can say is, “Hold on to that man!”

      Take good care. . .

    • LaConnie & Iris,

      LaConnie, that is a touching story and a beautiful tribute to your husband. My story is somewhat similar to Iris’. I was a single parent looking for someone to help me teach my then, 8 year old, son how to ride his bike. I had been trying to do it myself, but lacked the physical strength to hold him up on the bike for sustanined periods of time. So I told a good friend my problem and he said that he had a co-worker that would probably be willing to work with my son. He said that the guy was trustworthy and loved kids. This guy started coming over and taking my son and I to the park, where he eventually taught my son to ride his bike. The rest is history.

      Laconnie, I’ve read your previous books and I can’t wait to read this new one.
      Cathy

  8. LaConnie, thank you for sharing your real life romantic story with us. I met my current beau in the parking lot at church.

  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful real-life story with us, Soror!

    My husband and I were introduced long distance by one of my sorority sisters. She thought we would be perfect for one another and gave me his phone number so that I could give him a call the next time I was home in New Jersey. I was living in Ohio and in graduate school at the time and often came home in the summers for a few weeks. She just thought he’d be some one cool for me to hang out with. I called him while I was in Ohio bored one night and we started a phone and letter writing friendship that blossomed into more. We found out that we had lived in the same neighborhoods and different times and attended some of the same schools at different times. Almost like we were destined to meet and kept missing each other… LOL. We got married in 1999 and we’re still together. :-)

    • Hi Soror:

      Love your story!!

      Seems like we’ve got more in common than the Sisterhood. We both met the man of our dreams while in school – LOL!!

      Take good care. . .

  10. LaConnie,

    I loved reading your story.

    To answer your question: I haven’t YET. I am a believer even if I haven’t.

    I am putting If I Were Your Woman on my 2010 reading list. I love the Baptiste family. :)

    • Hi Ms. Claritta:

      Hope all’s been well with you and thanks so much for stopping by.

      Don’t lose hope, that man is on the way!!

      Talk with you soon:)

  11. Thank you for sharing your story with us – I love it!

    Mine was one of those cases of “when you least expect it” encounters. I had been to a friend’s bridal shower on August 26, 1991. My girlfriends all wanted to go out after that, to a club in Oakland called Geoffrey’s. I didn’t want to go, but my girlfriends dragged me out. I had been going out quite a bit, and was a little tired of seeing all of the same people, and the same men, talking the same drag. As my girlfriends and I were talking and watching the people dance, this chocolate brother walked by me, then stopped, smiled, and asked me to dance. I danced. He bought me a drink, and told me this. “I am 29, I don’t have a job, and I need a woman to control me.” I was amused, if nothing else, because I had no intention of dating anyone who didn’t have a job. We had a great conversation – no talk about “my Benz is in the shop, I own this and that, or can you pick up the drinks?” He tried to give me a ride home from the club in his cute little sportscar, but I wouldn’t let him. He asked me to call him when I got home so that he knew I made it home safely. I did, and we were on the phone for the rest of the night. Jeffrey (from Geoffrey’s) and I have been married for 15 years, and have a beautiful daughter. He has worked very hard to provide a nice life for us, and I love him so very dearly – he makes me laugh every day, he’s a fantastic father, my best friend and my biggest cheerleader!

    • Hi Amber:

      Colin and I hung out at Geoffrey’s after we first got married. We loved that place!!

      And I know a few other folks who found their soul mates there, too.

      Thanks for sharing a wonderful story!!

      Best to you and Jeffrey!!

  12. still waiting on mine lol!

    thanks for sharing your story with us :)

  13. What a beautiful love story LaConnie. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing it with us. May God continue to bless and keep you :) Can’t wait to read If I Were Your Woman!

    Much Love,

    Victoria Wells

    • Hi Ms. Victoria:

      It’s been a long time since we chatted. We MUST do that soon!!

      Thanks for stopping by and offering those wonderful words of encouragement.

      Take good care. . .

  14. Maureen Smith says:

    LaConnie, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful, poignant love story with us. And you are absolutely right–strong, loving, wonderful Black men do not have to be confined to the pages of a romance novel. I’ve been happily married to one for the past 14 years. We met in college after being paired together through the Black Student Union’s “Big Brother, Big Sister” program. And to think that I almost missed the deadline to sign up! LOL.

    Thanks again for sharing your story, and I wish you continued success with your novels.

  15. LaConnie that was such a beautiful story. Im glad that you have those types of memories to hold onto. I cant say that I found the love of my life yet, although at one point I thought that I had. This may not seem ike it was the lifetime love but I met mine when I was 13. I know, too young but at the time he was it for me. We had known each other the year before but could not stand each other. At all. Yet somehow when we met again that following year there was something there. He saw me for who I was through the nerdy clothes, bad acne and coke bottle glasses. He saw me and made me see myself. We were only together for a year but it was a lifetime of a year. And although we are no longer together we are still friends. He is one of the most important people in my life and we have seen each other through everything. Will we eventually drift back into a relationship? Only time will tell. But if I never have another relationship like that I can always look back, remember and smile.

  16. LaConnie,

    Thanks for sharing your story. Well I met my husband at work. We were platonic friends for a long time, building our friendship. Both of us at the time were in relationships. Yet and still we would go on trips together, scour museums, laugh at each others silly jokes and then one day it hit me. I love this man. After a year of coming to this conclusion, he wasn’t seeing anyone and neither was I. However, I never broached the subject but I figured he felt the same way. Our friendship felt different. After he was let go from the place we worked, we took our relationship farther. We were married on Sept 27, 2009 and just celebrated our first anniversary. He’s been my supporter, challenger ‘when I needed it’, but most of all my best friend.

  17. What a lovely, moving tribute, LaConnie. Your SFA-RWA chapter-mates love ya!!

    I met my husband at work–I was his boss for months! And then his friend for a while after that, until one day it hit us both at the same time. :)

    God bless, and a big hug from across the Bay,

    Veronica

  18. Great story, LaConnie. Thanks for sharing.

    We know not all good Black men are written in romances, but are real.

    My husband and I have been married for 32 years and prior to that we courted off and on for 12… LOL
    So I guess that means we were meant to be together. Though, I’m four years older than he is, it does not pose a problem. He teases me and tells me that back in the 60s, I could have been jailed for going after him… LOL

    • Hi Lareeta:

      Yes, it sounds like you and your man were made for each other.

      I haven’t forgotten that I owe you a visit to Little Rock. Call me up so we can plan!!

      Much love,

  19. Both stories, yours and Colins and Laney and Raphael’s – sound beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing yours. I’ll have to wait until next year for the latter! Hope I get to see you soon.

    • Hi Martha:

      Another SFA-RWA member…YES!!

      Thanks for coming over and spending a little time with me today.

      I’m hoping to get to chapter meeting next month. I’m long overdue.

      See you soon!!

  20. Bless you, LaConnie. You’re such an inspiration.

    My husband and I are celebrating our 25th next week. We met the first day on my new job right out of college. I knew right then! But it took him another 9 months to ask me out.

  21. I loved your story, LaConnie. Thanks for telling it.

    I met my guy in class too — 17th Century English Poetry, junior year of college, 43 years ago. These days he still reads every word I write, keeps my historical research honest, and yes — writes my synopses!

    All best,
    Pam

  22. The woman matched the man, LaConnie.

    Best,
    JoAnn

  23. WOW!!! You ladies brought tears to my eyes with your true life love stories. LaConnie, Bettye, Gwyneth, Maureen. Iris, and Karen I understand now why the smiles on your faces are so bright when I see you at literary events.

    For me love was better the second time around, I met the love of my life on the highway where I had a flat tire, no spare and was going to late for class. He very softly said to me calm down I’ll take you to class, showed me his badge and said I know I may not look like it but I’m a ploliceman. When I got out of class there he was standing there saying, I got you a tire, it’s on your car, I’ll take you to it. Mouth wide open I couldn’t believe it , when I tried to pay him he told me the cost was my telephone number and a date in 3 weeks, before I could act crazy, he said I starts night tomorrow . He called me every day, as he would say “just checking on you.” That was in 1987, this past June 16th we were married twenty years.

    One of my favorites quotes is “Tis better to have love and lost , than never to have loved at all”.
    Those of you who have not found love hold on I promise he is out there.

  24. HI LaConnie,
    You know I have to be in this discussion. I love hearing about you and Colin’s love story. It touches my heart to know that there were and are good men out there.

    I met Vic in May of 1978. We were both working in a textile mill in Kannapolis, NC. We entered the gate at the same time and when we got to othe door to the building, he reached around me and opened the door for me. He went left and I went right, but we both turned around at the same time to “check each other out”. I was 19 and thought he had the sexiest walk ever.( He later told me that he was looking at my backside.) A mutual friend at work introduced us that night and 6 months later on November 8, 1978 we were married. He told me he knew that night that I was going to be his wife. He wasn’t rich.(The man could wear a suit like nobody’s business) He didn’t drive a fancy car or have a college degree, he worked as a maintenance technician, but he loved me and I loved him. I often said that he should be on a romance cover before he was real life hero. My lover, my best friend, my soul mate. He treated me like a queen for 30 years. He passed away suddenly on December 18, 2008 in my arms with me whispering I love him until his last breath. There is one thing that keeps me going and that is knowing that for 30 years I was truly loved. It is a great feeling.

    LaConnie, we werer truly blessed to have Vic and Colin in our lives. God bless you and your children.

    • Patsy:

      We’ve talked often about Vic and Colin and how they must have been twins.

      And yes, were blessed beyond measure!!

      Let’s chat soon:)

      Much love

  25. More love from the SFA chapter – My four year old just asked me why I was crying. I lost my father when I was 7, my brother was 12 and my sister was 15. I still have no idea how my mother made it through, but I am as in awe of you as I am of her. And I know with you running the show, your family will be okay.

    I first spotted my husband across a campus coffee house. I would stare longingly whenever he came in. I didn’t even speak to him for almost a year. Then I met him at a party – nothing came of that, but we were reintroduced three years later by a mutual friend and the connection was instant. Unfortunately we both had other, uh, entanglements and it took us awhile to be single at the same time :) but we finally figured it out and after 12 years together, 10 of them married and 2 gorgeous rambunctious boys I’d say I’ve definitely gotten my happily ever after.

    • Hi Jami:

      What a wonderful story.

      It must be something with men, women and school. You, Gwyneth and me all met our men in a school setting.

      Okay, for all the ladies who are still looking, head for the nearest school campus – LOL!!!

      See you next month, kiddo!!

  26. Hi LaConnie,
    What a great love story , and I may God continue to bless you and your family. I tell you reading all of the comments of great love stories as to how they met their husband is just WONDERFUL.

    I met my husband March, 1983 at the hospital, my best friend has just has a baby and the my husband is friend with the baby father for me when I saw my man sitting in the room when I could say anything. Not much of a talker we just sat in the hospital room pretending we was looking at TV, but I tell you as soon as my husband and his friend left the room I started asking my friend all kind of question about him. I didn’t get a chance to see him before I left I told my friend to make sure to give him my number.

    I thank god every day for bringing him into my life. He is a man who love and take care of his family and who enjoy spending time with our girls, they are young ladies now but he still love it. We have been together for 25 years and we got married in August, 1990 it has been 19 wonderful years and counting. He spoil me rotten and we love him unconditional.

    Louise

    • Hi Louise:

      You have a wonderful “How We Met” story, too!!

      Congratulations on 19 years of marriage and best wishes for many, many more.

      Love ya!!

      • LaConnie, your story brought me to tears, as did most of the other stories. I know good men don’t just exist between the pages of romance novels. This day and this topic is a little emotional to me, so I’ll be back to respond to the other posts once I get my emotions under control.

        Thank you so much LaConnie for being a part of this tour! I appreciate you more than words can show.

        Much love,

        Renee

        • Hi Renee:

          First, let me publically thank you for extending the opportunity to be a part of this awesome tour. I’m deeply honored and humbled to be in the company of such prolific romance authors.

          Let me send a special shout out to all those who shared their “How We Met” stories, today. Ladies you rock!!

          This tour has been nothing short of magnificent. Each day, I’ve looked forward to the topic of the day and joining readers from across the globe as they share their thoughts.

          This has been a perfect beginning to resuming my writing career after a ten-month absence.

          Much love to a wonderful host and to all who stopped by!!!

  27. This has truly been a FABULOUS virtual tour day! Special THANKS goesto our Virtual Tour hostess– Renee for hosting such an exciting virtual tour — and THANKS to everyone who shared such wonderful and heartwarming stories about how you met and fell in love with your mates!

    LaConnie . . . I absolutely LOVE the photo of you and Colin; THANK YOU so much for sharing your special love story and this photo with us today. I’m especially glad to see it . . . because I finally get to see the HANDSOME WONDERFUL face of the man who gave us the “male” point of view and spin we needed for your virtual book tour last year. I have to say . . . and must say . . . that Colin’s input made the tour engaging for every man that participated in it! Again thank you for sharing the love of your life with us!

    • Hi Marlive:

      Many thanks for stopping by!!

      I couldn’t agree with you more that our Renee has done a fabulous job with this tour.

      I’m sure Colin’s looking down on us from heaven, smiling.

      Love ya!!

  28. Brenda Woodbury says:

    My Dearest Soror LaConnie,

    Being that we have had many phone conversations about the loves of our lives. I met my Clyde in 1978 when I first started working for C N A Insurance in Chicago. But of course, it was not until 1983 when this man started pursuing me in a typical romance hero way. A way that led us to be married on June 9, 1984 and two years later having our one and only son, Clyde Jamar. One never knows what God will allow in one’s lives but in 1995 my hubby was diagnosed with pancreatic and bone cancer. During the next four years, we made the best out of the best and to this day I thank my Father God for giving me Clyde for those 4 years and I truly can say that I lived my vows to the upmost. It was February 3, 1999 that God peacefully let him just go to sleep. But I am so grateful for those 14 1/2 years; My words of wisdom and love to all those who are still married is to live each day with joy, laughter and lots of love with fun. Because you never know what lies ahead in our journey. To my sisters LaConnie and Patsy….we were all truly blessed and I know for sure that we have three Guardian Angels that watch over us daily.

    • Hi Soror Brenda:

      Thanks you so much for sharing with others your beautiful relationship with Clyde.

      You’re right, Colin, Clyde and Vic ARE still watching over and taking good care of their women.

      Love ya, Soror!!!

    • Hi Brenda,
      Thank you for the encouraging words. Blessed, we truly were.
      Vic and my favorite song was by Alicia Keys, “Love me like, you’ll never see me again”
      Little did I know how much that song would come to mean to me. But. I have peace in knowing that for the 30 years we were together, I said and heard those words “I love you” everyday.

  29. You ladies had me in tears. Those were the stories romance novels are created from. You all were very blessed and I look forward to having my own how we met story.

  30. Ahh, such beautiful real-life love stories!

  31. LaConnie…what a beautiful story… very poignant and moving. Thanks so much for sharing and it’s good to see that you’re pushing forward and pushing through. I met my best friend, lover, and soul mate via work (at Hershey Foods) 21 years ago. We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on 10/5. To many he’s not much to look at… but to me he’s my everything…the father of my kids…and a supportive/loving husband to me. For me, I didn’t think that I would ever get a second chance (I was engaged when I met my husband but my then fiancee was killed by a drunk driver)…but God had other plans for me. I thank him everyday that he brought Rick and me together. We’ve been through a lot over the years…but still we strive and rise. And 21 years later he can still put a smile on my face like no one else. ;)

    • Hi Yasmin:

      It’s good to hear from you, again!!

      Thanks so much for sharing you story. It along with all the others brought tears to my eyes.

      And you know I’ll touch base with you off-line.

      Love ya!!

  32. Thanks LaConnie for sharing your wonderful story. You and Colin were truly blessed to have met and share years full of love with one another. I don’t have my own “How we met” story yet BUT I truly believe that I am in my season for it. Your story and the many others that I’ve read here inspire me. I know that my true love is out there, I’m just waiting for God to say it’s our time.

  33. WOW…no wonder you ladies write romance novels…you live them too! What a wonderful feeling to know that you are loved and cherished by the man that you love. My hubby and I met at church. We were in the same Sunday school class for a few years as teens but paid each other no mind. He now tells me that he didn’t really like me because of my “bossy nature”. He stopped coming to Sunday school during our high school years but returned while in college. We literally bumped into each other in the hallway of the church and were both like….wow. We spoke, didn’t exchange numbers or anything…but that sizzle or perhaps those butterfies in my stomach were first indication that there was something special coming. We didn’t start dating until a year later in 1993. We were married in 2000 and now have 2 boys of our own. We are still members of that church and continue raising our boys there.

    I pray that my happily ever after continues as you ladies have described…compared to your number of years in this romance thing…I feel like a newbie. BUT thank you, I do have high hopes!!! :)

    ~V~

  34. LaConnie.. you make me cry everytime you talk about Colin. You are such an inspiriaton… Wish I had a story to tell. Warren and I met in Pre-law class. After a really tough test, I shouted out loud “boy, I need a beer” and he said Ok, let’s go… after several beers – several days later, we were dating.. we shared a lot and had a lot of common interest and likes. Unfortunately it did not last forever but our brief marriage produced my Man-child – whom I love to no end…

    Take care and call me soon

  35. Hi, Connie. This was beautiful and you are beautiful. I’m happy to see you continue to glow through all of your hurt. I continue to pray for you and the kids. I’m glad my cousin touched your life so deeply. I’ll send my “How I met my husband story” later.

  36. Ora L. Wiggins Reyes says:

    Hello LaConnie,
    What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing it! I pray that God will give you the grace that you need during this time.

    I met the love of my life in the Marine Corps Reserves 24 years ago in Dec. 1985. We married after 2 1/2 years of dating on July 9, 1988. We have been married now for 21 1/2. He is a wonderful husband and father. He is a very kind and generous person. The first time we talked was at a family day picnic that the reserves had every year for the Marines and their families. 6 months later we talked again at a Christmas party that my unit had. After that we started dating. One day I was at work and the guard told me I had a delivery. I went down and there were 2 dozen roses with a note that said “Just because”. I know that I can always depend on him to take care of his family. That was one of the things that I like about him. Family is very important to both of us. He is always willing to help people. When a volunteer is need everyone knows that he can be depended on. Well I could say more but I will leave it at that.

    May your life be filled with many blessings!

  37. Really Nice and great post. i liked it. thanks for sharing. keep posting

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