Shannon here: LangMarc inspirational nonfiction author, Jude Urbanski shares her real life romance. Jude is offering her book as a bonus giveawy this week: I Can’t Remember Me. The romance novel will be announced Oct. 13. Comment on any post dated Oct 11 – 15 by Oct 16, 8:00 PM Central to be in both drawings. Here’s Jude:
Some men hide the diamond at the bottom of the champagne glass.
Some men hire a plane to fly the banner.
Some men bow on bended knee.
“I don’t have a race this weekend, if you want to get married.”
This was my sweetheart’s proposal as we sat watching TV at his house late one night. I was stunned speechless and I mean literally. I couldn’t even respond. Maybe because we’d only dated a short while and maybe because I couldn’t believe what he was saying. Anyway, I went home without answering, but called him early the next morning and said, “I don’t want to get married this weekend or even this year, maybe next year.”
We were married eight weeks later. That was nearly twenty-two years ago.
Now for back story!
Conrad was a competitive runner who worked life around his races. He had been a handsome, divorced bachelor twelve years and had five adult kids. I was newly and unhappily divorced for only three years, after a lifetime of marriage, and had three grown children.
Call it crazy. Call it love. But most of all, call it courageous. Because both of us buckled on courage to take the big step again. We had meant our original marriages to be forever, but found that in our broken and fallen world, God allows simple grace.
After we married, our college age children moved into my house and I moved into Conrad’s. Amazing things happened. In time, we asked our kids to move because they weren’t taking care of the house to suit us and I asked if we could to move because Conrad’s house never became ‘my house.’ And he’d said, “I’m not attached to this house.” But, oh, when I wanted to change things! You can imagine how it went!
It has taken God’s love and grace to blend a family of eight that has grown to include six spouses and almost twenty grandchildren. Even though the original family can never be re-created and we haven’t done everything perfectly, we have done well. It’s been worth the doing.
The Urban-Martin clan is beautiful, even with all its warts.
About Jude: Jude is the author of one non-fiction book, I Can’t Remember Me (LangMarc Publishing, 2006), which covers the family’s journey through a dark period of her daughter’s car accident and traumatic brain injury. She has completed two women’s fiction novels, has several published articles and is a regular contributor to a magazine on spirituality and women’s health. She is a former women’s health nurse practitioner. Find her blog at judeurbanski.blogstream.com.
Come back Oct 13 & 15 for Miralee Ferrells’ Real life Romance and book giveaway.