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Just Sayin’

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I’ve often joked about how my husband was “caller nine” and that’s how we met. And the truth is, we did meet through the radio. But it didn’t happen exactly like that!

I was living in West Palm Beach, Florida, happily single after removing myself from a toxic years-long relationship. I was working as part of a morning show team on a country radio station. I had my own little apartment. I had friends. I was definitely not looking for love. The single life felt nice.

I checked my email after the show one morning. Now, this was long before the days of social media. Email was it. So, I opened a new message and all it said was “single or attached?” I have no idea why, but I typed back immediately, “very single.” To this day, I don’t know why. I had no idea who the email was from. He emailed back and sent a photo of himself. Told me to take a look and let

him know if I was interested.
He. Was. Gorgeous. I called my mom and sister right away and shared my news. I sent the photo to them. We were all in agreement that he was either a) a psycho stalker killer; b) had no legs (as he was sitting at a table in the picture); or c) it wasn’t really him. Again, for reasons unknown, I wrote back, and we decided to meet for a date a few days later.

I had heard of love at first sight. I’m not sure I believed such a thing was possible. But I felt it. I knew this was the man I would spend the rest of my life with. I knew it so much that I wrote it in a letter that I kept hidden for years to come. I gave it to him on our wedding day.

Here we are 20 years later, and I love him more and more every single day. People ask what’s the secret to our relationship. All I can say is this. He’s my very best friend. We have so much trust and mutual respect. We don’t hold each other back from living out our dreams. We encourage each other. We are a team when it comes to parenting. We’re in this together and we’re committed to
our marriage.

Don’t settle. I almost did. You deserve to feel truly loved and cared for. It’s worth the wait.


Jenny Matthews co-hosts The Morning Drive with Mike Kellar + Jenny Matthews on Q104 New Hit Country, weekday mornings from 6 – 10am. Connect at and check out The Morning After with Mike Kellar + Jenny Matthews podcast!