Monday, February 09, 2009

Friday, February 6 2009 was our 11th wedding anniversary! 11 years people!!! Wow that went fast! I was 19 he was 25, we were in love and moving to Puerto Rico. We gave my parents a week's notice and my dad married us in Lakeland in my parent's home. My mom, the ever talented woman she was, pulled together a wedding for us in one week.

One week after our wedding, Javier left for Puerto Rico to start his new job and secure an apartment and vehicle for us. One month later I followed him and we began our new life together.

On Friday while holding hands at the breakfast table I looked into his eyes and said "you know after 11 years, I'm still deeply in love with you and get excited and get butterflies in my stomach over you." The man of few words looked back at me and said "me too!" That says it all.

God truly is the Healer. He healed my marriage and that's why we are still together. There were times when we could have gone our seperate ways, we could have left with very hurt and heavy hearts. It was only God's mercy that He poured down His amazing love and restored our love for each other. He took my broken heart and showed me Javier through His eyes. It's His love that is between us and binds us together! It's amazing how beautiful someone looks through His eyes.

My heartfelt prayer: Dear Jesus, Thank you for hearing my cry and reaching down with Your hand that heals. You touched my heart. You touched Javier's heart. I will be forever in awe of You. Love, Jennifer


Aunt Becky said...

That is a great picture! Such a handsome man and beautiful lady. God is wonderful and having Him in a marriage makes it even better. I am looking forward to seeing you in April, too. Give Claudia and Lorenzo a big hug for me. Love, Aunt Becky

Milton Dykes said...


You are so very special. Your honesty before God is so touching. God is going to honor your faith. Keep your eyes on Jesus through it all.

Love, Dad

Milton Dykes said...


You are so very special. Your honesty before God is so touching. God is going to honor your faith. Keep your eyes on Jesus through it all.

Love, Dad

Seedplanter said...

Congratulations, Jennifer. You have such a loving heart, and God has turned what could have been a disastrous marriage into something beautiful.

Lovely picture!

DayleShockley said...


In 28 years of marriage, I've learned that marriage is more about commitment than anything else. There've been many times when the easy thing to do would have been to walk away, but we were both committed to our vows and found the Christian counseling that we needed. Looking back, I'm grateful we stayed together. We now have a rich history together, and our daughter has her family circle still intact.

Here's wishing you many more years together!

P.S. Your dad seems to be doing things in doubles today... his blog has duplicate posts today, and I see his comments are showing up in duplicates. May be a computer glitch or something. :)

Granddaddy Dykes said...

Dear Jennifer & Javier,

Congrats on your 11th wedding anniversary. Both of you look great.

After 64 years your Granny and I have found the secret of living together; a lot of grit, grace, and glory.

You have a wonderful family that has to be cultivated every day.

Love ya,

Anonymous said...

Jennifer! Happy Anniversary. I love your blog!!! Please tell your dad that his blog has lost some of it's zip in the process. People at least want to hear occasionaly about Wanda. I noticed that he has lost comments too. I feel like he is preaching all the time now. We want to hear about life, not what he thinks on honesty and things like that. I so miss the other blog! But I am so glad to have you.

THOMBU1 said...

Blessings to you and Javier today as you follow in the paths of love he has chosen for you.

Anonymous said...

HappyAnniversary. Your post was precious. please pray for my husband and me .
God Bless you and your family

Lisa said...



Jennifer said...

Aunt Becky, The kids can't wait!

Dad, Your comments are touching. You are such a wonderful, tender father. I thank God for you.

Seedplanter, Oh divorce is so heartbreaking. I can only thank God for His mercy that He led me through that dark time.

Dayle, I love your honesty. I thank you for that! It's encourging to hear positive stories!

Granddaddy, I give a lot of credit to you! You have no idea how much I admire you and pull on your history to give me strength.

Anonymous 4:26, I've been thinking of you and praying. Dear Jesus, I pray for you to reach down and touch this person's life in a real and powerful way. Unleash your love and power upon this marriage. Send your Holy Spirit to guide and give wisdom. You are an amazing God! Love, Jennifer

A Romantic Porch said...

Jennifer, Congratulations! Your family is beautiful! xo rachel