Shannon here: Angela Breidenbach shares insight into her real life romance plus a chance to win an e-book copy of her latest Contemporary Romance, Out of Their Element (Collection of 4 full-length novels) . Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing. Deadline: June 23rd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Angela:
Little Moments by Angela Breidenbach
I know romance is synonymous with grand gestures, but for me it’s the little things that show love. Our daily life is fairly normal, I think. He gets up and goes to work an hour eariler than I do. When I get up, I make breakfast and then trudge up the stairs to my office made over from our girls’ bedroom. Every so often, through the day, one of us checks in with the other. Normal. Almost mundane. A call each evening to tell me he’s on the way. But now and then, Hubby calls to invite me out. Again, small. Nothing that grand in our every day life. We have a handful of favorite spots. But that’s exactly what keeps the romance alive. Small touches through the day. Small dates sprinkled through time. Small moments focused on one another.
We go to as many family events as we can, now we’re grandparents. The schedule seems to be expanding with each additional child. But there are those small moments again creating life together. Life with flashes that floor me. The way his eyes crinkle into a soul smile. The way he chases a boycub, tosses him in the air, and they both giggle. The big hands showing little hands how to plant a zucchini and the promise to share what grows. The sound of his voice gentling in conversation with a baby nose to nose. I see those moments. Moments that make me want to sip and savor them. Moments not even a smart phone can quite capture. I don’t know how my heart can hold them all without bursting.
We’re aging. We’re feeling our bodies tire, or ache, or slow in ways they didn’t twenty years ago. But his slow smile still catches my breath, his eyes still follow my figure, and the warmth of his hand splayed across my lower back still calms me when I’m upset. I love how our eyes meet in the midst of a grandchild’s silly story. I love planning how we’ll show our family love during special events. I love how he has to stop at the Sweet Palace in Phillipsburg because we were in the area…only 57 miles, you know…and gets as gleeful as the children filling sacks of taffy and buying boxes of hand-picked chocolates to share.
Grand gestures are lovely and make a memory. We’ve had those, too. They’re lovely. But I’ll take the little living moments. Moments that make a lifetime. Moments of real romance.
About Angela: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in college to get her genealogical studies degree in 2019. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angie lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also. Learn more and connect:
About the Book – Out of Their Element: Four Mismatched Couples Find Unexpected Romance a collection of contemporary romance novels by Angela Breidenbach, Robin Lee Hatcher, Vickie McDonough, and Deborah Raney. Four full-length novels by four award-winning authors including…
Footprints On Her Heart by Angela Breidenbach (included in Out of Their Element):
For fans of A Healing Heart, Footprints On Her Heart features an all grown up Cadence Keegan in her own love story. She’s a fitness coach thrown into an impromptu relationship with Jackson Campbell, a computer whiz and game designer, when a troubled teen causes a fire damaging both businesses. Could they be any more different? Love sparks when paths cross.
Footprints on Her Heart will be coming out in paperback later this summer as well.
Can’t Wait for the drawing? Get the details: Out of Their Element
Question for Readers: What daily habits do you and your loved one have that seem normal, but really show love?
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