December 27, 2005, a man named Marcus Moore asked me to be his wife by heart-shaped fireworks as we watched them from my house. Today is our 12 year engagement anniversary. Many don’t know the whole story, but if you read my book A Story of Faith, you will be able to read in detail how we ended up together. Today is about saying thank you to a man that allowed me in 12 years to become who I am today. In 12 years I completed my bachelors, masters and I am also almost finished with my doctorate of nurse practice. We started a successful wedding business 27 Miracles, a non-profit organization called The Gift of Life, expanded my love of dance to a point where I could go to a competition in a group and win 1st place with my group, performed in ballets, Christmas shows, and musicals. We have traveled to places I have never been before, learned to laugh, and care about others, write books, and become a legal nurse. We had a beautiful baby boy that although born prematurely was the inspiration to start a non-profit to help other premature babies and their families.
I was able to achieve a Master Bridal Consultant designation. My latest accomplishment was the designation of Mrs. Windermere International, through this title I am able to reach audiences I would never have dreamed of reaching for my platform The Gift of Life.
To think he manages all this in my life. I am sure there is so much more …but first of all, I thank God for placing Marcus in my path many years ago and then I thank Marcus for being there for me through the ups and downs of life. Happy 12 year engagement anniversary! A serendipity moment that neither of us will ever forget.
If today you are looking for that serendipity moment in your life, do not worry it will come. I waited almost 8 years for it.
Did you ever ask yourself, why do I love my significant other? Why do I tolerate football games on Sundays, the remote being lost, the different ways that your significant other handles the kids vs. how you do? Is it love? Is it being complacent? Is it because there is no one else out there? Deep down when you think about the reasons that you fell in love, those reasons are all there. Love is messy and not the way you see it on Hallmark movies. I love my Hallmark movies and never miss a chance to watch them. As a matter of fact, I have not missed any of the Valentine’s Day movies they have been showing over the last 2 weeks. So today on the eve of Valentine’s Day, I think about all of that and I ask myself, “why do I love Marcus so much?”
When Marcus and I met, he left a whole world behind in NJ to be with my two children and me. He did not look back to see what he left behind. A few years later, we had a baby that was born at 27 weeks. I became very sick with stroke level blood pressure and almost lost my life. After the baby was born 13 weeks early, he took care of me and made sure that I got to the hospital for 5 months while our baby hung on for his life. When the baby came home, he left his job to take care of the him full-time because of all the medical challenges that he had. It has been 7 years since our baby was born and thanks to him, our son has had a fighting chance of recovery as he received care from therapists at home and good medical care.
When he is not taking care of the baby, he is taking care of our dog Daisy and my parents. He nursed our family dog Rusty until his last breath, When he could not walk, he would pick him up and take him outside, bathe him, brush him and hand feed him. When my older kids need something, they call on him and he is always there with a smile on his face to lend a helping hand. There are not any words to express what he does for us all. In between all of this, he manages my author contracts, our wedding business 27 Miracles, and our charity The Gift of Life. He is now my manager as well for Mrs. Windermere. Inbetween all of this, he goes out and marries couples . Happy Valentine’s Day to my angel and funny Valentine Marcus, God gave me a Winner!!!!”
So today take a moment to share how you are celebrating Valentine’s Day? Post your story here on my facebook page with a picture of your love and we will share it.
Serendipity, one of my favorite movies and words. You ask, what does serendipity mean? “The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.”
In the movie Serendipity, two people met by chance and the connection was instant.Through the years a series of events happened that made one or the other remember each other ( you will have to rent the movie to see the end, no spoilers here). Some people call serendipity luck or by accident, but really it is the Divine Hand of God or scheduled appointments. We can have an idea and say that it is a creation on our own, but where did that idea come from? The ideas that we have come from God, He places these divine appointments in our path either with someone or in our hearts.
So the next time that you have an idea, write it down, explore it in your mind, pray about it and ask God to help you develop it and see where it takes you. In the case of love, a serendipitous moment is also very possible, that is how my husband and I met through a serendipitous moment, but that is a story for another day!