Sakiem & Ja'Nelle

Our Story

Something about Me

From Ja'Nelle
Something about Me

Hello All. I'm so excited to put this together to share with all of you. For those of you who I have not met personally, here is a little about me. I live in Jacksonville FL; was born and raised here. My parents, Troy and Chiquita Robinson are the best ever! They've been married for 34 years (35 in February). I was raised in the truth and I count it as such a blessing and a protection. I am the youngest of 3 children. I have an older brother-Terrance and an older sister-Melanie. I have two wonderful nephews and two beautiful nieces. I currently work for a company called Convergys. It's a customer care company that specializes in Outsourcing of Human Resources Services. I'm a Project Services Coordinator for the Operation and Implementation group. I am a football fanatic. I love College ball more than NFL. I'm a seriously crazed FL Gator fan! Go Gators The New College Football National Champions!!! I'm also a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before the Jags, I was a Dallas Cowboy fan - still am (thanks to my aunt and grandmother). I love to sing! I dance when the mood strikes me ha ha. I read everything I can get my hands on. And I do love to shop!

Something About Me

From Sakiem
Something About Me

And for those who don't know me. I was born in New Jersey and spent half of my childhood there and the other half in Richmond and Chesapeake, Virginia. I currently live in Richmond, VA. I am also the youngest of three children; I have two older brothers, Kyle and Rahsaan. My parents Joseph and Kirsten Collins have been married for 38 years. I was also raised around the truth. I currently am enjoying the privilege of pioneering and was just appointed as an elder. I'm an Equipment Technician at Qimonda, a semiconductor plant that makes memory chips for computers, X-Boxes, Playstations, cell phones, etc. I love animals with the exception of spiders, which I assure you are the spawn of Satan. I love watching and playing sports; mainly basketball and football. I am an avid New York Knicks fan although they rack my nerves, also New York Jets and Michigan Wolverines fan. And like Ja'Nelle I also like to shop and read.

How We Met

From Sakiem
How We Met

Ja'Nelle and I met back in early 2002. A few months earlier I had met one of her close friends who had moved to Baltimore. We used to do an email forum (not to be confused with a chat room)to pass the time while we were at work, we would talk about the Daily Text, sports, movies, music etc. Ja'Nelle was one of the people on the list. I remember thinking, this sister is pretty cool, and got a good sense of humor too. I remember we would jump people in the forum. I didn’t meet Ja'Nelle in person until about a year later. The weekend she came up to visit her friend in Maryland, one of my boys was having a poetry gathering, so I decided to invite them down to Richmond. We stayed close over the years. The What If's occasionally passed through my head, but the timing never was right. We had danced around the subject from time to time, and at this point were pretty close friends. One day I was having a conversation with my brother about past relationships and missed opportunities, and Ja'Nelle came up in the conversation. I didn’t have a good reason why I hadn’t stepped up to the plate. One night me and Ja'Nelle were doing our usual two-step around the subject, and then we decided we would rather try to take our relationship to the next level than go through our life wondering what could have been. Things progressed quite nicely after that. Ja'Nelle and I mesh very well, and I think us being friends first made a big difference. She brings the emotion to the table, and I bring the logic, and so things get worked out. As we have gotten closer, I have come to treasure Ja'Nelle, her spirituality, her personality,her intelligence, I could go on and on and on. (And that fact that she is a hottie didnt hurt things a bit.) I prayed to Jehovah for a wife, that would be supportive,keep me focused, and be by my side, and strong enough to be her own woman, and she is the answers to my prayers.

How We Met

From Ja'Nelle
How We Met

Sakiem and I met in 2002. We met through my childhood friend who moved to Baltimore. No, we were not hooked up. We just became friends. We all would email each other and just pass the time at work. Sakiem and I have seen each other over the years at parties and we kept in touch. He really became a great friend to me - always there when I needed him despite being in a different city. I can't tell you the moment things "changed" but I can tell you that some of our friends and family say we've been dancing around it for years. There were definitely moments over the years when I thought "maybe" but then I thought "nah" .. ha ha. I guess I thought we were just going to be friends. But the what if's just lingered. Then things changed in early 2006. We had always kept in touch; but now our conversations became more frequent. We were definitely getting closer. But I wasn't sure where this was heading. I know Sakiem very well; so I always knew that he never really let anyone get too close to him. During one of our marathon conversations, we were playing this silly game and I won. So he asked what I wanted for my prize. And I told him "don't disappear". He knew exactly what I meant by that. So the next few months, he showed me that he wasn't going to disappear. He stayed and he opened up in a way he never had before. And eventually when we had that trust in each other, we decided to make it official. I remember the night we stopped dancing around it and made it official. I had all sorts of butterflies running through my stomach. We'd been friends for so long and now we were really going to change things. We both knew we'd live to regret it if we never found out if this could be something more than friendship. So we took the leap of faith together. It was really cute actually. One of our favorite movies is Brown Sugar (we've often thought it describe our relationship - it is freakishly similar to our story). Well, at the end of that movie, Taye Diggs character writes Sanaa Lathan's character a note saying "will you go out with me, yes, no or maybe" .. well the night we decided to make it official we both "slide each other the note" and we both checked yes. Since we began dating, everything just fell into place; like this was how it was supposed to happen. Sakiem and I fit so well. We both comment how surreal it feels sometimes that the perfect someone for you was right there all the time. Everything I could've ever wanted or needed I've found in this man. Having Sakiem as my friend was great; but now having him as my future husband is the absolute best thing! He is my true compliment. Everyday he makes me fall in love with him more. I love that he is first and foremost a spiritual man; so everything else is handled how it should be. He constantly surprises me with how generous he is and how loving. He says that he lacks compassion in most cases; but with me, he is the most compassionate man I've ever met. And that smile! He is the most handsome man ever--absolute hotness. He quiets all my concerns or fears. He lets me lean on him when I need to. He let's me be the strong woman I am and always acknowledges my feelings and needs. I can truly say he is my blessing and I'm thankful to Jehovah everyday.