Will proposed! — 46 Comments

  1. Nancy,

    I don’t really have a recipe for those beans; I cook by taste! But here’s what I put in the canned beans; about 4# of navy beans, soaked, boiled 3 minutes, set out for 2 hours and drained, with a little more water added, 1 quart of tomato sauce, basil, 3 chopped onions, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, molasses, brown sugar, chopped ham, salt and pepper. I simmered it all together, tasting as it heated. (The beans were still hard.) Then I canned ’em up. Pretty darned good, if I do say so myself. I really like canning dry beans and making “instant meals” of them. Meals in a jar!


  2. Congratulations to you both. Marines sometimes have that nice soft part to them; I am so glad you found one. My hubby just told me to tell you that he hopes Will stays as kind and loving after the marriage as he has been all this time. I agree and somehow believe that is what will happen. You both deserve a great time life in time together. We are so very happy for you.

  3. Congratulations Jackie! I wish you had a pic of Will on one knee. I have been reading your blog for a very long time, and I enjoy it so much. My husband and I had a good ole country wedding in 2002, here at our home in Tenn. on horseback. We might have found each other late in life, but some how it feels like we have known each other a lifetime. I am so happy for you both and may God bless your life together.
    Can’t wait to hear about your wedding plans. WooHoo!

  4. Wow, can’t wait for wedding pictures in the magazine. I am so happy for you both. Will is getting a really special partner for always and forever.

  5. Great news! Wishing you the very best as you continue your life together. About those peppers…if you haven’t tried Jimmy Nardello Italian pan roastng (not hot) peppers, get some good seed and get them started indoors. There are so many strains that good seed makes a difference in the pepper you get. They will need your WallOWaters at transplant time and should be several months old when you put them out. And they will need fall protection to finish ripening all the peppers on a plant. There’s no other pepper like it or close to it in taste. This pepper has the most complex intense set of flavors, the flavors intensify with pan roasting. They can be dried or frozen (don’t know about canning or pickling), and will improve the taste of anything you put them in, raw or cooked.

  6. Yippee! Congratulations, Jackie! After what you’ve been through, you deserve every happiness.

  7. Oh, Jackie, congratulations!!!! (Oops, I know that should actually be felicitations to you, congratulations to Will!) I am so, so happy for you both I could burst! After everything you’ve been through, this is the fairytale ending you deserve. Wishing you happily ever after!!!!!

  8. Yea, may you have many more years of happiness and doing things together! My guy and i got married when i was 50 and he was 48, been 8 years of wedded bliss, and even tho this this the 3rd for both of us, we are together on so many things it is scarey! lol! have a blast feeling like a newlywed!

  9. Congratulation, Jackie! My best wishes for happiness to you both.

    And thanks for all that you do. You are a lifeline in a lonely world.

  10. Oorah!! Congratulations to you both! My son is a Marine and as I have learned from him, once a Marine always a Marine, and we are all family. Although I felt like you are my older sister (I don’t have any sisters, so I claim them from other places) from reading all of your blogs and many of your books, now I know we are family through the Marines. May you have many happy years and remain Semper Fi!

  11. How COOL!!!! Congratulations to you both……

    Alot has happened in those brief years together, good and sad; you already are a solid team :) so this is a mere formality….

  12. Yay! So happy for you both! I love your blog and check it everyday for new things. I grinned from ear to ear when I read this. My husband is a marine corps veteran and I can’t think of anyone else on earth I would rather have by my side through good and bad. You too make a wonderful pair and it’s so fantastic when you get to marry your best friend.

    Tell Will he made a wise choice not to let you get away.

    Congrats from Texas and here’s to many, many wonderful years together!

  13. Congratulations!!! It’s about time for you to have someone to share life’s difficult and happy times with Jackie. Hope most of the difficult stuff is behind you now.

  14. Congratulations! I wish you well. Those beans looked wonderful. Can you give me the recipe? Please?

  15. That’s such wonderful news Jackie. You two were made for each other! Congratulations!

  16. I have never commented before but I read your blog faithfully. And a big WOOHOO on the proposal! I am so happy for you and may God bless you both.

  17. Congratulations! I was rather hoping this would happen – you seemed like a great team together.


  18. Congrats, Jackie! I found your blog a couple of years ago, and so enjoy it when–right in the middle of all this great canning, etc–you drop in little personal bits … this one in particular! May you both find all the joy it sounds like you’ve already found … for all eternity :)

  19. Congratulations!! What a blessing that you found each other, I’m so excited for you all.

  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you. You two seem made for each other.

  21. Congratulations. May you and WIll continue to be as happy as you are today.

  22. This is most wonderful news. This sounds like a match made in heaven.
    Congratulations to both of you.

  23. Best wishes Jackie and congratulations to Will. Can’t wait to see how you do a homestead wedding!

  24. Bless your heart and congratulations to you both! It took me 50 years to find my Bill so I totally understand…! Bills/Wills ROCK!! (My two sisters are married to Bills…LOL)

  25. Congratulations! I know you all will have a very happy and productive future! Way to Go Will!!!