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A love story & giveaway

A love story & giveaway

My husband and I will be celebrating our 11th anniversary on the 20th of February this year. Eleven years is almost half of my life so that alone says a lot about how much love I have for this man.

Since it is the month of love I wanted to share the story of how we met and a bit about us as a couple with you because our story isn’t the most traditional and neither is our marriage.

We had a mutual friend who in exchange for some girl’s numbers gave me my now husband’s number so I could add him on Mxit. Yes, we met on Mxit. I added him, we chatted, we exchanged pictures and decided to meet up because we hit it off and obviously saw something we liked in the pictures. He fetched me from my house where my mom met him, Let it sink in that he met my mom at the same time he met me in person for the first time (no pressure).

Obviously I was so nervous when we met and I had been at the beach all day so I was as red as a tomato (it was a good disguise for my blushing) but the worst part was that he came to my house with a friend!!!!! So I wasn’t just meeting him for the first time, but his friend too.

The “meet and greet” went well, we carried on chatting and saw each other a few times but I was very unsure because I liked him but I was also scared of getting into the relationship so I held back a bit. One day I was sitting at home eating 2 minute noodles (which he ALWAYS ate) and it made me think of him and I just knew that I was in serious like with him so I pursued it with a bit of force but at this point he wasn’t sure.

The first few months were quite up and down, both so undecided about what we actually wanted, but then something happened, I don’t even know what, but we just got serious and before I knew it I was living with him.

We got married almost three years ago, it was a small and intimate wedding and a day I will never forget.

In our almost eleven years of being together we have faced so many challenges – deaths, financial problems, family politics, my anxiety, car accidents, and so much more. But we have also had such good times and have amazing memories – he went with me to my matric dance, he took me to my first proper night club (which he instantly regretted because I was such a joller), we moved into our very own home and bought furniture, got a puppy, celebrated achievements and all of those good things.

He is my personal comedian, he makes me laugh out loud or in my head at least once a day with the witty and silly things he says. We aren’t the most affectionate couple but we tease each other which is our way of showing and sharing the love.

There is nobody else in this world I would want to do life with.

Now let’s get to the part you have actually been waiting for, THE GIVEAWAY.

I have teamed up with Nomination to give one of my beautiful readers a Nomination bracelet with 3 special “love” links worth R5000.

Nomination has created a romantic selection of composable bracelet links dedicated to the month of love…

In celebration of love month, Nomination has designed new links to spread the love you feel – for your partner, for your family, for your pets (guys, I am dying for the pet ones) and for your friends…

A wide choice of links with romantic messages for this special occasion. The collection also includes the new double links in sterling silver, 18kt gold or 9kt rose gold – from the classic “I love U to the Moon and Back” to timeless hearts…

Nomination’s Composable Collections allow you to create a unique and precious piece of jewellery by choosing from thousands of symbols and sparkling stones. The ingenious design means that every link is interchangeable so you personalise every part of your bracelet. Each link is made in Italy at the Nomination atelier studios using the highest quality stainless steel to ensure your bracelet is hypoallergenic and does not tarnish. The links are then decorated with precious symbols in sterling silver, hand painted enamel and sparkling stones so that you can make a bracelet is a small treasure to wear and to which you can add on links as you go.


For extra entries you can like and share using the gadget below (this is not compulsory, only the comment is)

The winner will be chosen on my anniversary, 20 Feb via a random selector.

Good luck lovelies.

Nomination bracelet giveaway

**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.


30 thoughts on “A love story & giveaway”

  • Every day that I get to spend with my husband is a blessing and we are going to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary in August. He makes me smile and laugh and is a great support.

  • What a sweet story, it is really great if you find the person who somehow makes life better. I met my husband when I was 14 and he was 17. It’s 15 years this year and although we are not the same people we were when we met, I too, would not want to do life with anyone else.

  • Justin and I met by a twist of fate on MSN Messenger 13 years ago and what started and friendship developed into a deep love. This year , 2 kids and 1 dog later, we will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary.

  • Oh my first love, its so hard to even say which one it was because I tended to fall hard at the beginning for really the wrong type of people the ‘bad boys’. My first heart break on the other hand was definitely when I was about 11, I moped around ‘heart sore’ when the boy I liked didn’t like me back. It was a ‘hard’ time for an 11 year old!!

  • That’s such a sweet story! I can’t believe you two have been married for 3 years already…it feels like just yesterday we were talking about it. I also met my first real boyfriend and first love on MXit (I think that says more about our generation than anything else), and we were together for a few years. I’m glad to say that even though it was rocky, we are still very good friends <3

  • Hi Kerry,
    Your story is so sweet!
    I met my husband back in 2013. The first time I met him I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. Our relationship started by us chatting and we fell for each other rather quickly. We got married last year and will be celebrating our first anniversary on the 25th of this month 🙂

  • Lady.💛

    My first relationship (if I can even call it that) was when I was 16. I met this guy through a mutual friend, we spoke for about two weeks before meeting up. We went to the beach promenade and got an ice cream and walked along the beach front for about two hours just talking about everything possible. I felt there was a connection, a really strong one. We got on really well, we liked similar things. Until two weeks later, I found out he actually had a girlfriend in Cape Town and that he was just looking for a one night stand. (Which thank goodness never happened with him and I) He will always kind of be the one that got away. Because in those two weeks, we, well more I than him, fell for him so hard.

    I will always look back at that time in my life and think “what the hell were you thinking Tori?” I was young and naive and that it really wasn’t love I was feeling. Instead it was a fantasy of the idea of him and I together.

    I have now learned that I shouldn’t wear my heart on my sleeve as exposed as I did when I was 16 years old, eand that I shouldn’t ever fall for someone so quickly.

    I love your relationship with your husband! I look up to it actually. Because he loves you by the way you describe your love for each other! I want that some day! Someone that will be there through every single thing life throws at you and will love your regardless!😌💛

  • Nice story. I’m glad you found each other.
    I met my Husband 2 months after my Mom passed away. I believe he was handpicked by her for me. 17 years ago next month.
    I’d defo be choosing a pet related nomination charm for sure 🐾

  • I love that you and your hubby met on Mix It! Amazing. My Player 2 and I met on YouTube of all places! He had a channel I was subscribed to and commented on and he was watching all my videos. We eventually met because of a mutual friend and tried to play it cool even though we were both trying to not give it away to the other that we liked them!

    Took us about a month and during that time we made collab videos together. The chemistry on the videos is so obvious but we were still pretending to ourselves that we were “just friends”. So many people asked if we were together and we both played the “we’re just friends” card a trillion times. Finally, after some tequila we both admitted it and we’ve been together ever since. I love how tech brings people together!

  • I met my hubby at work. He used to bet the group IT Manager and I the graphic designer . I thought he was the cutest Irishman ever, but he was married. 4 years later he found me on Facebook and he was single. 6 months later we were engaged and married a year later.

  • I met the love of my life at work. We started out as colleagues, then friends and fell head over heels for each other. We talk and laugh together, we even occasionally cry together. We are friends and lovers and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

  • Gah! I love nominations bracelets! I have one, but it has no charms which is kinda sad much like the first boy who broke my heart, when he moved back to America BUT there is a light at the end of the tunnel because if he hadn’t have left, I would never have met the love of my life!

  • Congratulations! I don’t think I could ever be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t make me laugh /share my sense of humour. Especially helpful in tough times!

  • Love my guy – 22 years and counting. Best thing to happen to me. Taught me the true meaning of love and support. Been with him since I was 16… and I still count him twice every day when I count my blessings. ❤

  • Naturally this is the perfect time to gush about my newest love – our baby girl Stevie Grace. She’s only 3 days old and captured the hearts of so so many people. We’ve been waiting so long for her, and she’s finally here. It feels so surreal knowing that she’s all ours, that we made her and don’t have to share her or give her back!

  • I met my wonderful husband through a friend who did everything in his power to get us together. luckily there was an immediate attraction.
    I love happy endings❤

  • My first love that ended up being my first heartbreak…

    On the 22nd May 2017 I got a DM on instagram from a guy telling me that I’m beautiful. We chatted away until 3am most mornings. After 3 weeks of chatting we decided to meet up for coffee & get to know one another in person. We both fell head over heels immediately as we both had the same interests and zest for life. After a month of fun filled adventures he asked me if I would be his girlfriend. I said no at first, as I wasn’t sure what or how to be someone’s girlfriend. After a few days of him promising never to hurt me or leave me I said YES. We were on cloud 9 for months. My relationship was on the down low as I lead a very private life. Only a few friends and family members knew. Our couple pictures didn’t even make it to instagram LOL! He asked me if we could get engaged by the end of September as he was leaving for work overseas late October & when he returns to SA we would get married and begin our next chapter. I agreed. I was excited, nervous,anxious & scared. I kept on asking him if this is really what he wants, am I the person that he wants to spend the rest of his life with. He assured me every single day that I am the woman of his dreams. I fell harder and harder in love every single day. One morning I just woke up to a message saying “freda I can’t do this anymore 😥” I was confused. I asked him why? He told me “I don’t think I can commit to this right now, I don’t think I can commit to you right now, you are still everything I want in a girlfriend,wife and mother to my kids but I don’t think right now is the time”. I immediately lost feeling, I went numb. I sobbed for 2 days straight. It felt like I lost everything, he was my everything. Eventually I built the courage up to talk to him and the question “WHY?!” Was mentioned over a hundred times. He kept apologizing, I didn’t want an apology, I wanted him to fix things. Unfortunately we don’t always get what we want. I don’t think my heart can handle another heart break but what I do know is that when I love, I love hard.

    “Every love story is beautiful but our was my favourite” .

  • I met my love at work. It happened by accident as this want co worker was obsessed with him and would not leave him alone, so we pretended to be getting married within the month it worked she left him alone and got married also within the month to make him jealous, but we fell in love and got married a year later and is still happily married. Fifteen years later

  • Wow, this is beautiful Kerry, i like how you don’t dress up anything, you say it as is and there’s a beauty in that.

    Well, heartbreak pushed me to a point where i didn’t believe that I was called for love on this earth, I just grew a mentality of “Give love, but don’t expect it back” I became depressed, I didn’t see myself as beautiful or worthy, I withdrew from the world and just embraced all the ugly things that my mind told me I was, Then I met a chocolate man, we were actually friends for over 2 years when I woke up one day realizing how much I actually like this guy more than just a friend, the way he listened to me, ensures I’ve eaten etc. He has just turned my world into a love jungle, he makes me feel the whole zoo in my tummy, not just butterflies. He has helped me restore my self love and confidence. He has mended me so well and effortlessly. Even if I don’t marry this guy, i’m grateful for him and will always cherish the way he loves and respects me, even with all the flaws he knows, because when we were still friends I would tell him everything * hides face* ….. anyway I Love, LOVE!!!

  • My love story is the hardest yet most rewarding thing to look back on. Not only did we overcome the usual relationship drama – we also overcame interracial love and disapproving families. Not only has everything sorted itself out but we have the strongest bond because of it x

  • Love has always eluded me; and it took many years but I realized why. I deeply & fiercely loved the man I was going to marry, but things did not work out. As time has gone by, I realized the why and it was that my first love, had to ultimately be myself. From being grossly and morbidly obese to transforming my life and losing 45kg, I had a lot to learn. As much as I loved that man with all my heart and soul, I am determined to love myself the same first ♡

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