The most important "Piece" of my life is my husband Jeff. Our story is such a tribute to God's restoration of broken hearts. You see, Jeff and I met on a blind date in January of 1987. A mutual friend Marty set us up. He was a good friend to Jeff and when he and I met, I guess he saw something in me that led him to "hook" us up. He phoned me a few days later to let me know that he gave Jeff my number. What he failed to tell me is that Jeff had custody of his son Daniel who was not even a year old yet. As we made arrangements to get together I could hear Daniel in the background, and I was nervous and excited all at the same time.
The date was set for a Sunday afternoon. He was two hours late picking me up and we were going to his home for dinner. While this may seem odd I was not at all discouraged, and it was certainly a memorable event. Jeff's son Daniel crawled up into my arms right away, and Jeff's parents and brothers were polite and worked very hard to make me feel welcomed. After dinner and a short visit we went to Jeff's friends' house where we started to talk about who we knew, what kind of jobs we held, and learned we actually had met years prior when he was a school bus driver. When we discovered this, it was the start of a new friendship.
A few days later, Daniel had become ill. He had some medical issues that often ended with him needing medical attention. One day I went with Jeff and Daniel to the hospital and found out Jeff himself was not feeling well. I assisted with Daniel and helped Jeff get him home and to bed and left very late. Days later Jeff phoned me and asked me to marry him. It was the shortest dating period known to most, two weeks. I of course said yes. Jeff needed a helpmeet, and I needed someone to fill the broken void in my heart. "Be ye not unequally yoked together..." 2 Corinthians 6:14. I know this verse talks mostly about unbelievers, but we can apply it to other life situations. Jeff and I had both been through some very rough, dark days before meeting on a chilly day in January
The wedding date was set, Jeff and I would be married three months to the date of the blind date. We do not recommend to any couple to marry so quickly. There have been a lot of trials related to a short term engagement. Jeff has been my rock and I have been his. Jeff having Daniel and a bad breakup and me having lost my child and a bad breakup left us leaning on the Lord for direction in life, and the Lord lead us to each other. A true match made in heaven.
Jeff was enlisted in the United States Navy, so off to sea he went soon after the wedding, leaving me to care for Daniel, which was my pleasure. I found my place in the world, and I am so thankful that God put Jeff and Daniel in my life at the exact moment he did. After all these years of marriage and life, he is still the rock that keeps my feet on the ground. He has worked tirelessly to provide for me and for our children. He is a simple man who loves his family. He is a peacemaker in the storms of life. He is a friend to all that he knows. For me, I am complete. Jeff has cheered me on in this life and continues to to keep my feet on the ground, and we have a lot of fun together.