Tuesday, August 9, 2011

So far, 50 is fabulous!

Thank you to everyone for your sweet bday wishes over on Facebook yesterday. I had a wonderful day. Went to see the movie Crazy, Stupid Love, which I enjoyed. [No spoilers coming, I promise.] So many parts of the movie had me laughing out loud, then others tearing up, then others, admittedly, shaking my head at what Hollywood considers humorous or promotes as acceptable behavior. But all in all, I found Crazy, Stupid Love enjoyable. And it had a great ending. That's all I'll say. No spoilers, as promised...
Seeing that movie got me to thinking about all the different kinds of love we experience in this life. And the different stages of love too. As many of you know, my precious mom went home to be with the Lord in August 2009 from gallbladder cancer. Her passing left a gaping hole in our lives and an especially huge hole (understatement) in my Dad's heart. He adored Mom, and she did him, for 55+ years. They were each other's best friends, and far more.

This past spring we encouraged Dad to attend his 60th high school reunion. He did, and long story short…several weeks later, through the encouragement of a sibling of a former childhood friend, he reconnected with that "childhood friend," and a seed of love was planted, and began to grow. Dad and Esta––a dear woman he grew up with in  Fayetteville, TN, and hadn't seen since high school––are to be married later this month. And my older brother, Doug, and I, and our families, couldn't be happier for them.

Dad and Esta visited us in Nashville recently. 
Don't they look happy!

Esta lost her husband, Merle, thirty-six years ago and then raised their children by herself. She was a nurse for forty-one years and also endured breast cancer in her late forties. She lost a daughter and sister to breast cancer in recent years as well, and yet is the most joy-filled woman. Her love for the Lord (and my dad) just radiate. We've really enjoyed getting to know her and welcoming her to our family. Thank you for your prayers for my family and for my Dad. They've made such a difference!

And now, switching gears back to movies... 

Through the power of Fandango (I don't care for their paper bag ads but love the service they provide, LOL), I've got a ticket for the first showing of the The Help on Wednesday. What a fabulous book (and audio book!), and I can hardly wait to see it on the screen. Wish we could all have a Girl's Day Out and go see it together.

Have you heard the soundtrack for the movie yet? And the original song written for the movie? Listen to The Living Proof and the story behind it. Beautiful arrangement and lyrics.

Now off for some iced coffee and to finish the discussion questions for A Lasting Impression. Oh…it's so wonderful to be at this stage with another book. My publisher will be asking for advance readers for ALI soon. I'll be sure and get you the info if you're interested.


  1. Wow...my congratulations to your Dad and may this second stage of his life be filled with joy!

    Are they planning to live with you as he has been doing?

    And another happy birthday! (you don't look a DAY over 40 :))

  2. Thanks for the bday wishes, Casey. It was a good one!

    Esta has a home in ATL, about 15 minutes from my brother and SIL, so she and Dad will live there. But they've promised to come and visit often. We're gonna hold them to it! : )

  3. HAPPY (late) BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope you had a blessed day! And congratulations to your dad and Esta! She sounds like a wonderful woman and a blessing for your dad and family.

    Also, I just have to say that I adore The Help... I finished reading it a couple of weeks ago while I was home in Mississippi for a visit, and I just came back to the Chicago area yesterday...... So now I can't wait to see the movie, specifically because I can watch it and see the trees and country life that I miss so much when I'm up north. Oh, and the accents. I'm sure I'm going to LOVE the accents. I will probably be the extremely cool person who goes to see the movie in theaters several times, and all by myself. :)

  4. p.s. I would LOVE to be an advance reader for your book if possible!!! :) I'm so excited about its release. I'm sure the book will be a blessing!

  5. What a sweet story about you Dad and Esta! God is so good to provide and meet our needs!

    Have you checked out Groupon? I've gotten discounted movie tickets on Fandango through Groupon. They only pop up occassionally, but if I see one do you want me to let you know? The hubby and I got to see a 3D movie for just $9 for both of us once! : ) We like movies, too. We just saw Capt. America and loved it! I hope I'll get to see The Help. It looks like it would be really good!

    I'm a Bethany House book reviewer (thank you again for that!)...so I hope that yours will come up on my historical list! : ) I can't wait to read it!
    God bless, Stacey

  6. Happy Belated Birthday! I have to admit I was curious about Crazy Stupid Love and I wasn't sure if I really wanted to go see it, but maybe I will now. I just loved Steve Carell in Dan in Real Life.

    Your dad's story is so sweet. It had me saying 'Awww!'. Congratulations!

  7. Congrats to your dad!

    Can't wait to read your book! You know I'll take one as soon as I can get it! :-)


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