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Category: romance

Winter Solstice

It’s 45 and sunny in D.C. Pretty moderate weather, considering today is the shortest day of the year and the start of some of the coldest.

Winter Solstice means less time for last minute Christmas shopping and more time for cozying by the fireplace (perhaps with a little Schnapps in your nog.)

Along with a warm, fuzzy and long night, the Winter Solstice, wrapped in the glow of Christmas and the coming New Year, brings with it an unlikely gift:


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I never arrive early. Ever.

But I won the race this time.

“Krystal? Phone for you,” the sweet sixteen year old barista, Larsha, said in her Creole lilt.”

“Oh, you’re there already?”Midnight Stroll

It was Captain.

“Yup, I’m here.”

He didn’t think I would make it on time because we stayed up until 3am.

“I wanted to impress you,” I said.

“You already have.”

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Belize Vacation

Note to Reader: Oh Captain! My Captain! is Part 2 in a series about my summer of love in Belize.

I wasn’t attracted to him when I asked for the time.

I barely noticed him at all as I ran up the stairs into Above Grounds Coffee.

But he was there and I needed to get to the yoga class listed on the bulletin board by 9.

Sweaty and in a sports bra, twists and curls wrangled up in a bun, I said thank you and darted down the stairs.

To my disappointment, class was cancelled. But, I made the best of it, spending the day on the beach trading stories with strangers who are now friends.

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 Sonny + Annette is Part 1 of a series chronicling my summer of love with Captain in Belize. Stay tuned…

Inspirational Love Stories, The Placencia Bazaar

The Placencia Bazaar, Placencia, Belize

The chimes and bells rang as I scurried up the steps and through the door of The Placencia Bazaar.

A petite, sun-drenched blonde sat comfortably at the counter and said hello.

“Hi.” I smiled.

I scanned the local artwork on the walls, paintings, post cards and pottery.

It was a bazaar full of tchotchkes and, I would come to find out, love.

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Just when you think you’re ready for love, you’re not. That’s what I told myself after receiving another romantic musing from Chef.

Chef is the hopeless romantic I met on while in Miami on vacation a few weeks ago. We emailed, talked, texted and face timed every day since the first connection. It felt as if we hit it off from the start.

Christian? Check. Tall, dark, handsome? Check. Aspiring chef who had plans to travel the world and settle down in our mutual hometown of Miami? Check.

One night he sent me a text that made my face melt into my pillow.

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b’sheirt or bashert: (Yiddish: באַשערט)

Yiddish word that means “destiny”. 
It is often used in the context of one’s divinely foreordained spouse or soulmate, who is called “basherte” (female) or “basherter” (male). It can also be used to express the seeming fate or destiny of an auspicious or important event, friendship, or happening.

I almost didn’t sit in this seat.

The plane was packed so I shuffled on expecting to be smashed into a middle seat. You know, the one allllllllll the way in the back against the bathroom wall. The one where the seat doesn’t recline.

Yeah, that one.

Instead, after a last minute glance, I waved down a handsome, salt and pepper gentleman to see if the coveted window seat next to him was empty.

It was.


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I reached over at 4:45 this morning, turned my alarm off and Pandora on. My mornings are sacred to me and typically start with worship music but this morning it was Marley. Is This Love? was the first song that came on as I snuggled back into that comforting place between sleep and wake.

My eyes still closed, I smiled and pictured our first dance. This is my wedding song. For as long as I can remember I’ve said Is This Love? will be the first song I dance to with my husband. Not Etta. Not Luther. Just Bob.

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Thank you for joining The Love Jump!

I’m writing this two nights before the blog goes live and I’m scared out of my mind and excited all at once!

The Love Jump will be an exciting adventure and I’m glad to have you with me! No fun talking to yourself right?!

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to one of my favorites, Rob Hill Sr. speak about vulnerability.

If you haven’t heard of him, you should definitely check him out. His honesty is such a comfort to me.

“There is a vulnerability that comes with being a writer and when you write the way I write, you have to give parts of yourself that most people get to hide…you have to show a certain level of vulnerability that isn’t always comfortable.” – Rob Hill Sr. 

So here goes nothing and everything at once! Won’t you jump with me?

If you haven’t yet, you should check out the February 2014 issue of Ebony Magazine. It’s the Celebrate Black Love! issue and the covers feature Nick & Mariah, Melo & LaLa and David & Tamela. It’s always inspiring to see celebrity couples in love instead of the usual break-up stories. In honor of Black History Month, here are a few fun, vintage black love pics.

I plan to share inspiring quotes and thoughts on love throughout the blog, some cheesy, some funny but all swoon-worthy. Below is one of the more romantic quotes I’ve read. It’s from the movie Shall We Dance. Last Christmas Eve, My Pastors celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and dedicated it to one another. I just die every time I read it. I hope you love it! 
We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.