Sometimes, seeing someone else's romance helps us look at our own with fresh eyes once more. Today, Regina Merrick is our guest blogger on the Real Life Romance spot. She's just had a daughter get married and is full of memories and advice. Read all the way to the bottom for a chance to win her latest release!
Romance is as old as time and as new as the most recent spark of interest.
Family weddings make it more real, somehow, than the memories of my own romance over forty years ago. Our daughter married her sweetheart in October, and it was as different from my own romance as it possibly could be.
Here are a few differences:
One thing I remember about my own wedding is that I have flashes, not clear memories. The vision of the candlelight through my veil giving it a “star” effect … Kneeling at the kneeling bench as a song was sung, our pastors praying over us …
With Emily’s wedding, I was more present, but in a way, I feel that until I see the pictures, I won’t be able to put in place everything that happened. I remember both of us walking Emily down the aisle, her kissing and hugging us as we left her with her future husband, and holding my husband’s hand during the ceremony. I remember Ellen, our younger daughter reading scripture, and my husband praying. I remember Emily promising Ben “to choose you every day.”
And that’s what romance is, isn’t it? To choose your special someone every day.
During this holiday season, be sure to choose your someone every day. Don’t get lost in the hustle and bustle that is the “season” – much like “wedding season” was to me this year – and remember the reason for the season is Jesus. He loves us, and His greatest desire, and command, is that we love one another and share His hope with the world!
If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Hope Is Born (ebook or paperback), answer this simple question – What is your favorite Christmas candy, homemade or store-bought? Mine is Hershey’s Kisses! I always have to have those little red, green, and silver foil candies around, especially at Christmastime!
Happy Christmas to you all!
Regina Rudd Merrick began reading romance and thinking of book ideas as early as her teenage years when she attempted a happily-ever-after sequel to “Gone With the Wind.” That love of fiction parlayed into a career as a librarian, and finally to writing full-time. She began attending local writing workshops and continued to hone her craft by writing several short and novel-length fan-fiction pieces published online, where she met other authors with a similar love for story, a Christian worldview, and happily-ever-after. Married for 30+ years and active in their church in Marion, KY, Regina and her husband have two grown daughters (and a son-in-law!) who share her love of music, writing, and the arts. She is the author of three books in the Southern Breeze Series: Carolina Dream (Apr. 2017), Carolina Mercy (July 2018), and Carolina Grace (February 2019), and a novella, Pawleys Aisle, (a Southern Breeze Story) in Coastal Promises (September 2019). Her novella, Reno-Vating Christmas is included in the Mosaic anthology Hope Is Born (December 2019). Her next novel, book 1 in the Reno-Vations series with Mosaic, will release in June 2020.
The Mosaic Collection
Mantle Rock Publishing
Amazon Author Page
Amazon Mosaic Page
Nine stories. Nine pasts to overcome. Nine futures hang in the balance.
Christmas is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but what happens when the past threatens to destroy the peace and joy of the season?
When the men and women in these stories face overwhelming challenges in their lives, can hope be restored this Christmas?
Reno-Vating Christmas by Regina Rudd Merrick
Steve Reno lost his wife two years ago and has two grown children, while Roxy Emerson has been alone for over ten years and is a grandmother. They’re not looking for romance, but when the contractor and restaurant-owner are thrown together at Christmastime, they realize that God does indeed have a hope and a future for them.
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