Monday, March 31, 2008

Love GenX Style Contest entry #1

Remember the story with the most votes wins the "date with your spouse" gift certificate! If you haven't yet submitted a story...what are you waiting for? :)

This is from Joy Miller:

"Fifteen year ago my husband and I traveled in a singing group that did recruitment for our Christian college. I was the pianist and he was the (cranky) sound guy. Like most sound guys, he was a little too protective over the sound equipment, and that annoyed me.
So I set out to "change" him.



My plan? Make friends with him and then subtly make suggestions that I hoped would change his behavior. Not surprisingly, I never did get him to change his attitude about the sound equipment, but I won't say that my plan was a total loss.


Nine week after I set my plan in motion, we were engaged! And we're now the proud (homeschooling) parents of three beautiful children."


Thanks,
Joy Miller
http://fivejs.wordpress.com/
http://realworldhomeschool.wordpress.com/
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Win a date with your spouse (whoo-hoo) Love Gen X Style! Share your story and WIN a dinner for TWO to the restaurant of your choice! ($50 maximum)

Tell us the story of how you and your spouse met. If you have photos, send those along, too! All the stories will be published on this blog. The winning story will be the one with the most comments...so tell your friends. A winning story will be chosen at the end of the blog tour and will be published in Tricia's monthly newsletter! (Just think, you'll be famous!

Contest entry form for Generation NeXt Marriage blog tour!

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Stop Lurking! Every week I will draw names for a free Tricia Goyer book from those who comment on my blogs. Winner's choice! Tell your friends.

133 Comments:

At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Blogger windycindy said...

I have a story, but I am embarressed to be voted on. Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Blogger boysmess2 said...

Jeff and Joy...WOW...I didn't realize he's been cranky for so long! Just kidding!! Ya'll are great together, but getting better looking with age! :)

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Shannon said...

Hillarious. Especially as I can see you making a plan of attack!

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Paul Terrell said...

What college was it, and what was the name of the group. I'm an old has-been ex-Christian-music-group (not ex-Christian!) trumpet player, myself. The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways!

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous John (Dud) said...

Always a plan! Even tho result was not as expected, the end result certainly was very good!!

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice story)))

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Blogger Joel said...

Wow, I can't believe it's already been that long...wink. Don't you know you can't get between a man and his electronics!?

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Mom T said...

Second try - tornadoe stopped the first. I think your engagement could have been faster than ours. Love the way you look today.

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute story Joy! VERY cute picture of the two of you :)

Shelley D.

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too fun! Behind every set of eyes is a story waiting to be told.

~Nikki

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Ranger Law said...

Well, Well, Well, Joy. I knew you were a schemer, but I truly believe Jeff knew what you were doing all along. You guys look so CUTE!!! this is from Robin and 'Mad Dog' Leidy

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Blogger Kimberly said...

Mark and Joy,
You two have always been good together. I didn't know how the two of you met. Good story. Boy Joy, you hooked him fast! You also have 3 wonderful and talented children but I guess they couldn't help taking after their parents!

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute story! Hope you win!
Kristie

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story. Guess what Jeff? She really does have control! That's the woman's way, men just don't know it.

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A boy and his toys won over by a gorgeous lady ~ inside and out. A musical marriage, how perfect!!
Dawn

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joy,
That was too funny! I especially love the picture of you two. I did not know that you were engaged within 9 weeks!
Tina

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is absolutely adorable!

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Rick said...

Great story!

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Blogger Joe said...

Very cool story. Very touching.

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice story!!!

 
At Monday, 31 March, 2008, Anonymous Crystal Renaud said...

hope you win!!

 
At Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you seem to have made a really nice and musical couple! :))

 
At Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story and I like the picture. Hope you win.

Jimmy H

 
At Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Touching story!

 
At Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, Blogger patty said...

Hehe. Fixing boys is fun. Your story gets my vote.

 
At Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story! Hope you win.

 
At Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How romantic!! Traveling together in a singing group...(sigh). You are such a cute couple.. in both pictures!

 
At Friday, 04 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were meant to be! What a great couple!! And great kids too!!!

 
At Sunday, 06 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cranky and protective,but now he is protective of his family. You two even looked alike in your childhood photos posted at your wedding. Keep it going. Love ChewChipSis

 
At Monday, 14 April, 2008, Anonymous Becky said...

What a great story! :) I hope your story wins the prize!

 
At Monday, 14 April, 2008, OpenID momlovesbeingathome said...

Haha! We've all tried (and failed) to change our men at some point haven't we! ;) Great story!

 
At Monday, 14 April, 2008, Blogger Kate said...

Great story Joy! You two get my vote for sure.

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Anonymous The Happy Housewife said...

My brother is a sound guy, so I totally understand the protective stuff! 9 weeks and then engagement! Wow- you almost have us beat!
Toni
http://thehappyhousewife.com

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Anonymous Jaden said...

I'm glad my parents met and married, because if they didn't I wouldn't be here right now.

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Anonymous Jerah said...

I didn't know that was how you met, but still I'm glad you did. I bet you had a lot of fun trying to get him to not be mad at the sound equipment. I am really really really really really really glad you met.

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So your wedding story is a model of "Aisle-Altar-Hymn"? (Get it? "I'll alter him?") Ha! Thanks for sharing!!

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

Oh my goodness I love that! Hey, can I use it for a book title?!

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story! Great couple! Great kids! I am blessed to know this family. You get my vote!

Sherry

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NINE WEEKS?? WOW!! Great story, wonderful picture, awesome family!
M.V.

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story. Wonderful music. Hope you win. AB & Nancy

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the story, and I loved it! You guys deserve a night out - sure hope you win!

Marianne L.

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, OpenID mom23wildboys said...

That's a cute story! Good Luck on the contest!!

 
At Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nine weeks? That is awesome! I have never heard that story before. I call you each month and we chat for a while. You helped me out a while back, I am honored to help you out here.
I hope you win this free meal, you two deserve a night out.
I'm sorry it took so long for me to write to you, been busy with work.
I am priveledged to be related to you. You have a awesome guy there. Great kids. Do you have a dog named Spot?
I'm proud of you Joy.
Kuz'n Tim

 
At Wednesday, 16 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's to a nice dinner!

 
At Wednesday, 16 April, 2008, Anonymous Jean Butts said...

WTG, Joy, "git her done."
:^) www.JeanButts.us

 
At Thursday, 17 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neat story. Hope you win the contest.

 
At Thursday, 17 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story! Hope you win you deserve a night out you both work hard and have great kids.

 
At Thursday, 17 April, 2008, Blogger Maggie said...

Good luck, Joy! A strategy to change an electronics guy sure deserves dinner out! :)
Love, Karen

 
At Thursday, 17 April, 2008, Blogger Jenl said...

Wow, you guys were married faster than my hubby and I (took us 7 months)...

Hearing about couples who married faster than we did still surprises me!

 
At Thursday, 17 April, 2008, Blogger Tom said...

Good story, always nice to hear how people get together. And kudos for homeschooling!!

Leave us some leftovers from dinner!!

 
At Thursday, 17 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story Joy!

 
At Thursday, 17 April, 2008, Blogger Louis Tagliaboschi said...

Great story. I love quick beginnings. Enjoy dinner.

Louis in KY

 
At Thursday, 17 April, 2008, Anonymous Armed Forces Advantage said...

Joy,

Great story! May your dinner be one to remember! God Bless.

Armed Forces Advantage
http://armedforcesadvantage.com

 
At Thursday, 17 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute story! Great pictures, too! Isn't that typical ... I'll take him with a few changes .... HA!

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Blogger cscaggs said...

Wow!9 weeks has led to 15 years of life together in marriage. He may be cranky, but obviously he was not afraid of committment! Thanks for sharing your story.

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck w/marriage and the contest!

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now this is funny!

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That plan sure did work! :-)

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Blogger Heidi Wilson said...

Very cool! Hope you win!

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cute story! My favorite!

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your story mommy. joely

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Anonymous Beth F said...

Wow! But when you know you found the right person you don't want to chance losing them!! Good choice!

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice story. 9 weeks! What a whirlwind that must have been!

 
At Friday, 18 April, 2008, Blogger Lorijo said...

aww...that's cute.

 
At Saturday, 19 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a fast romance!!! Aren't we silly to ever try to change our hubbies! Those are probably the traits that balance us best!

 
At Sunday, 20 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck on the contest. All of us couples deserve at least one good meal with our love ones (and without children).

 
At Sunday, 20 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck!

 
At Sunday, 20 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there! How fun to get a peek into your life . . . we have enjoyed getting to know you. Now we know a little more! Looking forward to another year of serving homeschoolers with you both! John & Rosanne

 
At Sunday, 20 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, we were married after two months. I do not think it is weird to get married quickly. Working on 13 years here! CONGRATS!

 
At Sunday, 20 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how long have you been married now? Amazing how God's hand is in everything! How a beautiful family can come out of one cranky guy and one determined girl! good luck! maybe one of these days, we'll see you again on Wednesday!
Sabrina

 
At Monday, 21 April, 2008, Blogger Eric Evans said...

the jeff miller on the right is the one I remember - you look marrrvelous now too!

 
At Monday, 21 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD IS GOOD... HIS HAND IS ON YOUR LIFE... BEST OT YOU

 
At Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the photos! What a beautiful story.

 
At Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, Anonymous Lisa said...

Give a hip hip hooray for homeschool! Especially in Aubrey...

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Diana said...

My favorite thing is to here how couples met. That's a great story of God orchastrating a beautiful match.

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous angelique said...

I loved your story, Ms Joy!

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Jessica said...

Ms. Joy, your story made me laugh!

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Jean Butts said...

Great story. I hope you win! Do you need a sitter for your date night?

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous inWorship said...

My vote goes to Jeff and Joy!

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous pete said...

it never ceases to amaze me how relationships begin and endure!

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Chad Wright said...

My vote goes to the shameless self promoter that is Jeff. Have fun on the date bud.

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a great story. You should definitely win! Isabelle

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it would be nice if you won and got a date.
Faith

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Blogger Kate said...

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At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you win because my mom likes reading your blog.
Peyton A.

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy you found each other. Alex

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you win. I vote for you! Olivia

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a really neat story. I think it's great that you knew you were right for each other so soon! Grace

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son also traveled with a contemporary Christian singing group for a year and he married a fantastic singer 10 years ago. God is good, and JOY gets my vote!!!
Kathy

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great man is wonderful to have; even if he doesn't change. Thanks for sharing your story. Trisha

 
At Wednesday, 23 April, 2008, OpenID createdtopraise said...

What a great story! I'm a singer and totally know what you mean about sound guys...but I never married one to get him to ease up on the equipment. ROFL

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your story! My uncle is a sound guy but I don't think he's cranky or overly protective with his equipment.
http://lifewithoutpopcorn.wordpress.com

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Hands on Homeschooling said...

I too thought my current husband was obnoxious when I met him and putting us together just proves God has a sense of humor! But we're coming up on 20 years so I guess He must be right:).
Terri

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Blogger Laura said...

Cute Story!

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They say you should never try to CHANGE someone... but your plan seemed to have worked! Cute.

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With love everything is better.
Phyllis

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friend emailed me about your story... very touching!
Good luck on the contest!!
--Mae

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those sound guys... he must have touched the right cords...
Cindy A.

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, and I guess you are now making beautiful music together! Nice to hear about a happy couple!
Mimi

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well what took you guys so long??? I know a couple that did it faster than you... like maybe 2 weeks AND they are still together after 15 years (well, almost) and 6 simply marvelous children!!
Enjoy that dinner because you and your hubby are winners!

Cynthia in Florida

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute story, Joy! Good luck with dinner :)
Amy

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Story

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Story!! You two deserve to win.

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know just what you mean about the protective sound guy type! Gotta love 'em!

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story!

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Blogger D-Star said...

How sweet, hope you win a dinner out with your cranky sound guy!

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story!!!!

Cheryl

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9 weeks! Wow! Best wishes, hope you win.

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Blogger Erika said...

I hope you win!

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God works in interesting ways! Good luck on winning!

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Blogger Andrea Scott said...

What a cute story!

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Martha said...

Your story gets MY vote !! Martha

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your story has it all! I hope you win the dinner. You deserve it!
Eric M.

 
At Thursday, 24 April, 2008, Anonymous Eileen said...

Very cute story. I love hearing how couples met. Now I know what you look like:) E-

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Blogger Stampvamp said...

Ha! Funny how God works, huh?

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Lisa said...

Aubrey area homeschoolers are the best. Cute story, thank you for sharing.

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Lisa said...

Hooray for homeschool!!!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Lisa said...

Arts and Jazz festival in Denton, TX on April 25, 26 and 27. Hope to see you there.

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Lisa said...

Our neighbors think were cooky, mysterious and spooky...
The home school family
da, na, na, na, snap snap...

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a very cute story!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Lisa said...

We build our own computers, we never go to Hooters...
The homeschool family

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Lisa said...

Two bits...
four bits...
six bits a dollar...
all for homeschool, stand up and hollar!!!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Piano teachers are people too???? Wow! Go piano teacher-we love you! Lindsey and Taylor!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Lisa said...

Last comment, hope this helps.
We want a winner!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sweet and manipulative story!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our plans are not His plans. But isn't it wonderful that His plans are so much better!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

too fun!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous klwood said...

I think it's funny that you married someone who annoyed you ... I did the same thing!!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i actually didn't think my husband was my type...only the kind of guy you want to be friends with...and don' they make the best husbands?

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a cute story! Blessings to you as you celebrate a joyous marriage. Desi

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun going out to eat with your husband. Good story.

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had no idea you and Jeff were only together nine weeks before you guys got engaged. That's so crazy!

 
At Friday, 25 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm shocked to see what lengths some of the participants go to get votes (MULTIPLE votes from same person, so many anonymous votes that all sound the same, their children voting - obviously typed by their parents?). Isn't this a Christian blog? How far will people go for a free dinner?

 

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