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Those Who've Read The Book Will Appreciate These {And, Happy 19th, Babe!}

Yesterday I stumbled upon this while cleaning out my office: bullentin
Can you guess what it is?
If you’ve read When God Intervenes, you’ll remember I mentioned the coloring/activity pages the elderly man gave me at church. Can you believe we kept this gem of a book after all these years? A smile crossed my face as I remembered how far my husband and I have come.
You see, today is my 19th wedding anniversary (Woohoo!), so I thought I’d share some special moments I mentioned in the book along our journey.
Like the Gazebo where Jason proposed on Palm Beach, and the crazy lady tried to have us arrested: gazebo
And the vintage shop ticket from my itty-bitty wedding dress:
wedding dress stub
My Experiencing God devotional where’d I’d written my prayer out that I needed Jason to give me a certain flower before he could ask me to marry him:
flower entry

engagement photo
{The night Jason proposed: black velvet dress we purchased at Stephan’s Vintage Shop, and the white and yellow flowers.}

One of my best Friend’s, Stephanie, who kept Jason and I in line and snapped the above photo.

Two pressed yellow flowers (here’s where I’m being super vulnerable as I’m sharing a peek inside an old journal…please, please, please look past my awful penmanship and simplistic message. This note only proves that God can equip anyone to do anything that He wants them to do. Can I get an Amen?):
journal flower
first christmas
Our first Christmas

mas. ball
Our first dance before we married.

first dance
Our senior dance, a year into marriage. This photo says it all. God is good and can redeem any situation!

first anniversary dinner
Our first wedding anniversary. We had zero budget to go out. The pink sticky note Jason added a few years ago as a reminder to me that God has brought us so far! {GLORY!} And, take a good look at that scratchy couch. Yes, ma’am. This is the very couch we knelt and prayed together in front of when I was first diagnosed.

black floral dress
This photo was taken about a month before I was diagnosed. I was so weak I had to rest while my husband and in-laws walked around the Miami Zoo. Notice the black floral baby-doll dress and Doc Martins? This was the same outfit I wore when the usher handed me the bulletin I mentioned above. No wonder he thought I was 12!)

back of house
Our first house, with that nash-ty pond and mosquitoes! {yuck}

front of house
Front view of our first house.

3 months pregnant
Three months pregnant with Madison, and recently diagnosed with cancer.

gi Jane
GI Jane haircut. Jason did a good job. 😉 {Notice the black bag on my side? That’s my 24-hour chemo pump hidden inside}

maddie's first birthday
Madison’s first birthday {right before we found out the cancer had returned}.

One of my hospitalizations, I think right after my first Moffitt Treatment when my counts dropped so low. {Not my 5-year wedding anniversary hospital visit I reference in the book, where we stayed in the fancy room. I don’t have a picture of that 🙁 }

yellow hair
Vacay in the Keys, where Jason still loved me, even with yellow hair? Yikes.

mom pants
My grey house painted a cheery yellow. See, paint really can spruce anything up.

One of Jason’s first photos he took of us, using his camera’s timer. I plan on recreating this one on our 50th wedding anniversary.

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into our journey.
And, Babe, I knew you were the one for me the day you swiped my hand while we studied at your apartment picnic table.

Here’s to many more years of growing gloriously old together.

I love you forever. xoxo

husband and wife


  • Wendy Alvarez

    WOW! What a sweet love story, Dabney! Congrats to you and your hubby! 🙂 From Wendy in Florida

  • Barbara Olson

    What a glorious love story. Thanks Dabney for sharing these comments and photos. Oh my, to God be the glory, what great things He has done!

  • Anonymous

    Praise God they are memories from the learning chapters of life and not a family still grieving.
    God never left us but surrounded our family with his saints hard at prayer on their knees.
    I have learned that a faithful child of the master need only groan to be heard…..HIS ARMY stands prepared.

  • Anonymous

    Love this Dabney! Thanks for sharing! I love the way you kept everything, such a sweet way to remember all those great times together. I must do this!

    • dabneyhedegard

      The interesting part is that I’m typically not one to keep things like this. God must have known that I’d need these memories. I’m so thankful I hung on to a few things. 🙂

  • Dawn

    I loved your book, ” When God Intervenes”! I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one night! Loved your post too! It warms my heart to see a love so strong! Gives me hope marriages will survive! ((((❤️))))

    • dabneyhedegard

      They certainly can, especially if we work at them and continue seeking the Lord for guidance! 🙂

  • laurabennet

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing those precious photos! It’s good to remember all God has done for us and how he has taken us through the joys and sorrows. We celebrated our 5th on Thursday 🙂

  • Maureen

    Congrats dearest sister, you are such an inspiration!! It is such a joy to read your blogs.
    Love you.

    • dabneyhedegard

      Thank you for taking the time to share this comment, Maureen. 🙂 Your words have warmed my heart!

  • Cheryl Plourde

    I feel like I just watched an amazing movie…. again. A story where every time I cry and every time I thank God that my friends are okay and every time I remember how much God did in your lives and how blessed we are to know you!! Happy 19th! You are an amazing family! God bless you!

    • dabneyhedegard

      I’m so blessed that God has brought you guys into our life! What would we have done without your support??? xoxoxo

  • poetrycottage

    Dabney, you are such a beautiful lady … thank you so much for sharing these precious petals of your life. You are truly blessed and congratulations on the 19 years. Jason is so blessed to have you, as you are him, and both of you blessed that you love the Lord so deeply.

    • dabneyhedegard

      You know, I’m always so blessed to read your comments! Thank you for taking the time to share your heart. God bless you!

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