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dollie and russ


On this day, 65 years ago, a dimple-cheeked girl with stars in her eyes rushed through her swing shift at the telephone office then raced out to the farm where a handsome boy who had stolen her heart waited to make her his bride.

She didn’t have a fancy, elaborate gown. They both wore gray suits.

Their flowers were gladiolas, pink and white.

And they said “I do” in the minutes before the clock struck midnight due to her working late.

Not the stuff of fairy tales, right?

But today, my parents – that couple who married in a simple ceremony at my grandparents’ farm – celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.

Sixty-five years.

It kind of boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

And of course, I realized I don’t have a copy of the one and only photo they have from their wedding. You can make sure I’ll be getting one when I see them in a few weeks for my niece’s wedding.

When we had Amanda’s bridal shower a few weeks ago at Mom and Dad’s house, I asked them both to write down their words of wisdom for a happy marriage to share with the bride-to-be.

Mom’s were to never go to bed angry, and to listen to your husband, even when you think he’s wrong.

Dad wrote a hilarious comment that he made me promise Mom would never see, so for his self-preservation, I’ll not pass it on today. (Other than to say he suggested it is good for a husband to listen to a wife, even when she may not be entirely correct.)

My take-away from their advice-sharing was to listen to your partner, to listen from your heart even when you’d rather prove your point or be “right.”

My other take-away was that Dad’s sense of humor and Mom’s willingness to put up with it created a strong foundation for their marriage.

Growing up, I watched some of my classmates go through the trials and tribulations of having their parents divorce. By then, my folks were middle-aged and settled into life, into each other. I never once had to worry about them separating. They were, and are today, a united front.

I don’t think either of them ever once considered leaving each other an option. They were just eighteen and nineteen when they wed, but they made a commitment for a lifetime.

And I’m so glad they did.

If you want to know about true love and real romance, ask a couple who’s been married for more than six decades. I bet they’ll give you some good tips and probably a generous helping of humor.

So, Mom and Dad  – Happy, Happy 65th Anniversary to you!


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Senior Prom 1949



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gratitude challenge

Today’s gratitude challenge is to share my favorite memory.

Wow! I have to pick just one?

The first one that comes to mind is the day I met Captain Cavedweller.

Don’t laugh (at least too loudly), but we met on a blind date arranged by our meddling parents. I was a year out of college, gainfully employed and living in town at the time. He was home for Christmas break from college.

Despite the best efforts of our parents to force us to meet, we foiled their plans. I’m not kidding… my dad and his dad conspired to have me pick up some truck parts at his parents’ house. Aware of the schemers’ plans, he refused to answer the door and I grabbed the parts and got out of there so fast, his mom claims I nearly made her head spin.

The next planned attempt to introduce us was a joint family trip to the woods to get Christmas trees. I found some reason not to go (although it was one of my most favorite things to do) and he refused to go. It ended up no one went that year because everyone got sick.

Fast forward a few weeks. CC’s car wasn’t working right and he couldn’t figure out what was wrong. His dad promised to fix his car but only if he’d go out on a date with me.

Tired of hiding out and creating excuses not to meet, we both gave in and agreed to a date on the day after Christmas.

In the very brief conversation that took place over the phone, CC agreed to pick me up at the house where I was living (which just happened to be less than a mile from his parents’ home) at six so we could eat dinner before going to the movies.

Six o’clock arrived but CC did not.

By 6:30, I was annoyed. At 6:45, I contemplated changing out of the dressy clothes I wore into jeans, turning off the lights and fuming quietly in the dark.

As I headed to the bedroom to change at 6:55, the phone rang. It was him and he’d somehow failed to write down directions to the house (tucked at the end of a curving dead-end street). Even over the phone, he sounded sheepish – and a little frustrated. Apparently, he’d been driving around for more than an hour trying to find my house.

Within five minutes, he rang the bell. I took a deep breath, smoothed down the front of my slacks and opened the door.

He glanced at me with those vibrant blue eyes from the front step and grinned.  In that moment, I knew I’d met the man I would someday marry.

We laugh now, about how persistent our dads were about setting us up. I’m ever so grateful they did. If you ask CC, I think he might just agree.

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Country-boy-FBIf you read Heart of Clay and enjoyed it, you can download Country Boy vs. City Girl for just 99 cents today!

(That’s right, only 99 pennies! What a deal!)



How hard is it for two stubborn people to meet in the middle?

Find out in this sweet contemporary western romance!

Tenacious and determined, Jenna Keaton has no plans for a husband or marriage, devoting her time and energy into her career. The very last thing on her mind is falling for a man who wants to move to the sticks and toil in the dirt. There’s no way he’s getting her to leave life in the city.

Successful, handsome, and blissfully single, Josh Carver thinks life couldn’t get any sweeter until he encounters Jenna Keaton and sparks ignite around them. When he unexpectedly reveals his lifelong aspiration to be a farmer, she decides he’s gone off the deep end.

It’s a headlong battle of stubborn wills, exciting adventures, and unexpected heartbreak as the country boy takes on his city girl.


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The other day, when I decided I needed some artwork to design my promotional pieces for this sale, I asked Captain Cavedweller if he’d be willing to go pose on the edge of a wheat field. He agreed, lacking any real enthusiasm for my request. It seemed fitting he do this since he and I posed for the cover of County Boy vs. City Girl on my dad’s old John Deere tractor. (That’s right, it’s our feet in the photo.)

Finding the same pair of boots he wore then, we went out to snap a  few shots after he got home from work on a day when the temperature reached 105 degrees.

He didn’t complain about posing in the sweltering heat on the edge of wheat field where the wheat chaff flew thick in the air, although I’m sure he wanted to. He let me take dozens of photos and even waited while I took a few of the harvest crew as they worked the field. If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is!

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I just love these boots! Or maybe it’s because I love the guy wearing the boots that I like them so.

wheat boy 2    I think they look rugged and handsome, kind of like my CC.

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It’s not every day you see a wheat field being harvested next to a vineyard, but it’s more common than you might think in our neck of the woods.

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Combines and wheat harvest take me back to the itchy, scratchy days of my childhood.

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Our combine had an open cab and my brother was the primary driver. I think he was the only one who could stand to be covered so completely by the wheat chaff. (Don’t you love the way the three combines are driving down the field?)

wheat 4Watching them harvest the grain definitely made me think of my childhood days – and also of Josh’s wheat harvest from the Country Boy vs. City Girl story.

If you haven’t read it yet, get your copy today!

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Praise for Country Boy vs. City Girl:

“Enjoyable story. Not complicated. Great book to relax with after a rough day. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.”

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“I love this series of books! I can’t wait to read the next one…just gotta find time to read the whole thing at once because I hate to put them down once I start reading!”

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“This couple has love at first sight ‘thing’ but both tried to ignore the feelings. It will hold your attention throughout the the book. The outcome will come as a mystery surprise when the doctor comes out to tell Josh, ‘maybe you better sit down, Jenna is…’.”

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Josh was watering Jenna’s flowers when he heard a scream from inside the house. Tossing aside the hose, he entered through the back door at a run. As he plowed into the kitchen, he saw Jake’s red face turned toward the wall while Jenna, her face even redder, clutched a dishtowel to her chest as she slowly backed out of the kitchen. Her outfit, at least what he could see around the dishtowel, made his eyes widen in surprise.

Glad he wore a shirt that snapped up the front, Josh quickly yanked it loose, slipped it around Jenna, and swept her into his arms. There was no way she could beat a hasty retreat in the strappy high-heeled shoes she wore. He carried her into their bedroom, kicked the door shut, and dropped her on the bed. Standing up, he gaped at her.

“What are you doing?” he finally asked in a rough voice, confused, annoyed and wildly excited all at the same time. “You aren’t supposed to be home until this evening.”

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