Jenny and Ron’s 38th Wedding Anniversary Q&A

Jenny and Ron’s 38th Wedding Anniversary Q&A

Today we are wishing Jenny and Ron Doan a very happy 38th Wedding Anniversary! To celebrate this milestone, we sat down with Jenny and Ron to learn a little bit about their relationship. Check out the Q&A below.

If you’ve ever been to one of Jenny’s trunk shows, you know that she and Ron make the perfect pair! While Jenny explains the story behind each quilt, Ron holds it up for all to see!

How did you meet?

Jenny: Ron and I met at a church dance.

What was your first impression of your spouse?

Jenny: I thought he was shy and a pretty snazzy dresser!

Ron: I thought she was really cute with a nice smile.

What would be your spouse’s ideal date?

Jenny: Ron would like to go to the motocross races.

Ron: Jenny would want to go out to dinner and a James Taylor concert!

If you could describe your spouse in one word, what word would it be?

Jenny: Ron is sweet.

Ron: Jenny is spontaneous!

Jenny and Ron on their wedding day, April 18, 1980.

If your spouse had a superpower, what would it be?

Jenny: Ron’s superpower would be that he can fix anything!

Ron: Quilting is definitely Jenny’s superpower.

What is the best gift your spouse ever bought for you?

Jenny: Ron once got me a toolbox with my name engraved on it.  

Ron: Jenny made me a life scrapbook.

What was the first meal that your spouse ever cooked for you?

Ron: Jenny made me Swedish pancakes, and they were delicious.

Jenny: Ron made me mac and cheese.

When did you and your spouse first dance together and to what song?

Jenny: We are kitchen dancers, so I don’t really remember the first time we danced—when a song came on we would always dance. Our song has changed throughout the years, but “Grow Old Along with Me” by Mary Chapin Carpenter and “Annie’s Song” by John Denver are favorites. Also “A Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins is great. There are so so many more! More recently, “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds and “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. We are music lovers for sure!

What is your spouse’s favorite color?

Jenny: Ron and I both like blue.


What is your spouse’s favorite flavor of ice cream?

Jenny: Ron likes anything chocolate.

Ron: Jenny likes Cherry Garcia!

What is your spouse’s favorite movie?

Jenny: Ron loves the original Star Wars trilogy or any of the Indiana Jones movies!

What is your spouse’s favorite restaurant?

Jenny: Ron and I both love Texas Roadhouse and we loved Lobster Grotto in Monterey as well. They had the best clam chowder!

What is your spouse’s favorite TV show?

Jenny: We both like NCIS and action shows!

Jenny and Ron on their wedding day, April 18, 1980.

Who controls the TV remote?

Jenny: Ron does, but I don’t mind. I like to knit while we watch TV together.

What is your spouse’s most repeated catchphrase?

Jenny: Ron is always saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Ron: Every night Jenny tells me, “Dream sweet dreams.”

When did Ron start sewing?

Jenny: Years and years ago, he made his sister a quilt for Christmas, but most recently he was sewing at a retreat. He also has a quilt featured in the latest issue of ModBlock Magazine and it’s awesome.

Do you like to sew together?

Jenny: Yes, we are a very good team!

How would you describe each others’ quilting style?

Jenny: Ron is relaxed.

Ron: Jenny loves the details.

How did you celebrate your first anniversary?

Jenny: We had a 1-month-old baby, so our options were kind of limited. I fixed him dinner at home, and he rubbed my feet!

How do you like to celebrate your anniversary now?

Ron: We usually go out to dinner and just spend time together.

Do you have any advice for the newlyweds out there?

Jenny: It’s hard work to stay married. Give it your all! People become what you believe they are, so make sure to tell your spouse how wonderful, kind, and handsome he is and he will become it. Words have great power.  

Ron: Never be selfish. Always put your spouse first.

What is your definition of, “And they lived happily ever after”?

Jenny: Being happy where you are, no matter what your circumstances are and that’s us.

  • Stephenie Kyser

    Happy Anniversary Jenny & Ron. You beat me by a year and a week. My husband and I will be married 37 years on April 25th. Here’s to many more.

  • kathleen

    Congrats! Same anniversary here, and hanging in at 44 years. 🙂 Wishing you many more happy years together.

  • joan cutajar

    Happy anniversary from <Melbourne Australia, Hopefully next time I go back to USA to see my family we can stop at Hamilton for a couple days. My husband and I of 48 years love to watch all of Jennys tutorials.

  • Janet

    Congratulations to you two love birds (quack)! I also knit and watch what my husband decides we will watch 😀 Have a wonderful Anniversary together!

  • rosemary cave

    Happy Anniversary you two Love Birds ! So Happy for You and wish you many more Happy Healthy years . My Man and I will celebrate our 50th at Christmas time this Year ! I wouldn’t trade Him for Anything He Is Wonderful !! I met you in Erie — You sign my little steam iron ! Love to show it off at classes when your name comes up !! Ron took our photo ! Love your videos — Husband loves the music at the beginning ! Enjoy each Day God Bless You Both . Thanks for all that you share– I am busy working on your 1/2 Hexi Quilt !! Rosemary / Gasport NY

  • vondaeggleston

    CONGRATULATIONS DOAN’S. You are an amazing couple and an inspiration to me. You stuck it out in the lean years and stuck together and supported one another in the good years. You have raised a wonderful family and can tell that you pull together to make MSQC a success, as well as your family. The love ya’ll have for each other just radiates from you.
    Jenny and Ron, thank you for sharing your sweet love story with us. Keep smiling!!!

  • Cathy Wilson

    Happy anniversary! You two make a lovely couple, your joy shines in your faces.
    May you have a long happy life together.

  • Adrena Madden

    Happy anniversary Jenny and Ron! So happy for you.

  • Judy Neilio

    Hey, you two Love birds! Happy Anniversary! You know that ice breaker question… “If you could sit down and have dinner and a discussion with anyone in history, who would it be?” I have to tell ya, Jenny has been added to my short list. (And her husband, Ron, if I could bring my husband, Patrick, whom I married in 1971!). Anyway… God Bless You! Happy 38th! And many, many more!

  • cookiemama

    How wonderful, Happy Anniversary.

  • Betsey

    What a wonderful legacy you both are leaving to your family..
    Congratulations and Many More Blessed Years to you both…
    Betsey Lindstrom

  • Clarissa Smith

    Good looking couple, thanks for sharing your lovely story. Happy 38th Anniversary, wishing you a wonderful year… Clarissa in Little Rock, AR

  • Diana Pullen

    What a beautiful couple and family! Happy Anniversary!

    My husband passed away a year ago the 22nd of this month. Please cherish all your days together because, tomorrow is not promised. God Bless all of you.

  • Phyllis Lorimer

    Happy Anniversary. It is wonderful to find someone you want to spend eternity with. And then work together to make that a real possibility

  • Joanie Ziel Wallrich

    Happy Anniversary! May you enjoy many more to come!

  • Cynthia Barrie

    Your mutual respect and love shine through. Here’s to another 38 years!

  • Kassie Chow

    What a great tribute to you and your family! How much you have all accomplished —-priceless!

  • Pam Mills Krise

    Happy Anniversary from cold still winter like NY. I love your blocks & dailey deals.

  • Jan Hubert

    I knew you were happily married by your sweet, cheerful disposition. Marriage takes work & it is plain to see you have both done your homework. Many more happy, blessed years together Jenny & Ron. Always keep God first in your life & you will win every time.

  • Hope

    Happy Anniversary. What an amazing love story. Thank you for sharing this happy day with all of us.

  • Claudine

    Happy anniversary to both of you from France. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • rkat54

    Happy Anniversary to the two of you many more to come, Our 38th is in October and we have 5 children to, 3 girls and 2 boys,