This past weekend I accompanied my husband, Joe, to his 35th high school reunion in Searcy, Arkansas, where we had a fabulous time! In addition to meeting some of his high school buddies, I got to renew old friendships with some of my college buddies from Harding University in the process. A photo booth was set up and, of course, we made full use of it!
Pictured to the left with me is my sweet, sweet friend from college, Gloria Allen Woods. I remember meeting Gloria on a road trip where eight of us (if memory serves) crammed into a truck with a camper on the back (I was in the camper portion with my BFF Polly) and took off to see friends in St. Louis. Gloria had just started dating a guy name Jeff Woods at the time, and I tell you, it was love at first sight for those two. The way they looked at each other…with such complete adoration. As they dated and became closer, then eventually became engaged, the Christ-centeredness of their relationship really made an impression on me. But earlier this year brought tragedy...
Gloria lost her precious husband, Jeff (age 53) very suddenly this past May, and their four children lost their father. It's beyond heartbreaking… Yet Gloria's faith and love for the Lord, her unwavering steadfast belief that God is sovereign even in the midst of such tragedy, is encouraging beyond words. It was wonderful to see Gloria again and to renew that friendship after almost 30 years. I love you, sweet sister, and was totally serious when I said I hope I get Home before you do. I want to watch Jeff's eyes light up when he sees you again.
And now for the winner of the copy of A Lasting Impression that I promised in last week's post…
Heather from MO, United States
Heather, congrats, girl! Contact me here with your address, and I'll get your autographed book in the mail. Thanks to everyone who left a comment last week.
And to all… If To Whisper Her Name is on your list of things to get, be sure to take advantage of the pre-order ebook price of only $4.99 which ends soon. If you'd like to read an excerpt of To Whisper Her Name, here are the first three chapters. Hope you enjoy!
In closing, I'm sharing a glimpse of fall in Colorado. (Thanks, Delmar Schroeder of Greeley for sharing this with me.)
I love everything about fall. The colors, the changing of the leaves, the crispness of the air, and everything pumpkin! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones… I even tried to order a little pumpkin pie from McDonald's the other night but they didn't have any ready. Has anyone tried those yet? Are they good? (Please tell me "No" so I won't still keep wanting one!)
What's your favorite fall thing?
Where I'll be this weekend, and where I'm hoping we meet. Click the links for details.
Friday - Southern Festival of Books
Saturday - West Virginia Book Festival (with Lynn Austin and Julie Klassen)