Shannon here: Caryl McAdoo shares how she and her husband met, how her characters met, plus a chance to win her Historical Romance novel, Vow Unbroken. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated August 25 – 29 to enter the drawing. Deadline: Sept 9th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Caryl:
Divine Appointments: Soulmates Meet
In the summer on 1966, we both worked for the Irving Parks & Recreation Department; me as a recreation leader inside Lee Parks Rec Center and Ron had come to mow the grass. He came inside to have lunch and escape the Texas heat, then decided to shoot some hoops. He came to my window, I checked him out a basketball. When he checked it back in, he asked me for a date.
The story takes a funny twist here because we both stood each other up. My beloved had an uncle die in South Texas and his parents whisked him away straight from school. My excuse . . . eh . . . wasn’t quite as understandable.
I’d had a date every night so far of the summer and didn’t want to end my record—and I would have if I hadn’t made a date with two other guys for that same night. I told Mama I’d go with the first one who got there, and she could cover for me with the other two. I know, I know . . . but I was only sixteen.
He called and apologized as soon as he returned, I graciously forgave him, and we made plans for that weekend. Our first date was on June 24, 1966, the summer before our junior year in high school, and I had a date every night the rest of the summer—with my beloved Ron.
I found out years later, he’d told his mother the second night that he’d met the girl he was going to marry. And so the next summer we got engaged and the next summer, we graduated in May and married in June after being almost constant companions and best friends for two years.
Our firstborn—a son we decided to name Matthew Ebeling (Ron’s middle name) after dating only about six weeks—came the next June and his baby brother Gregory came September the next year. We’ve been best friends fifty-one years now and husband and wife, forty-nine.
Our ‘tagline’ is “I love you more today than yesterday, but less than tomorrow” and I wear a necklace that has a pendant in Hebrew that says, “I am my beloved’s, and he is mine.” Ron and I are indeed soulmates.
So were Broderick ‘Buddy’ Eversole Nightingale and Sandra Louise Harris, and they both knew it from the start. Love at first sight, accompanied by the sparkling gold mist that God used before to confirm for Buddy that it was Him. This is the cover scene.
He had a full gospel background due to his grandfather Charley—many will know him from book two HEARTS STOLEN when he’s introduced at age four and book six, JUST KIN wherein he’s turned 21 and is off to the Civil War—and father Nathaniel introduced in book eight COVERING LOVE—getting saved at the Azusa Street Revival.
His beloved Sandy grew up in a staunch Church of Christ family . . . the Harrises didn’t truck with holy rollers, so there are definitely many odds to overcome! Not to mention more than a few poor choices on both their parts. Here’s the scene where they meet:
Just as he started another hymn, the tent’s back flap ruffled and popped.
Swirling dust in front of a stiff breeze whipped through the canvas. Like falling snow, little sparklets
f white light filled the opening. Awe and expectation filled Buddy’s soul. He stopped singing.
With each successive note, more and more of the congregation dropped out leaving only silence and the stars.
As the twinkling faded, she walked in, even more beautiful than the first night. By the time heads started turning, Buddy found his voice again.
“I’m sorry, but I thought I just saw an angel.” He stepped off the platform. “Miss, what is your name?”
The heavenly being blushed. “Sandra. Sandra Louise Harris.”
An auburn-haired girl almost as beautiful stepped up beside his angel. “And I’m her sister, Emma Lee.”
About Caryl: Caryl McAdoo loves God and writes four series praying each story gives God glory—all
with a strong Christian faith. She loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and counts four children and seventeen grandsugars life’s best blessings. She and high school sweetheart-husband Ron love living in the woods of Red River County five miles south of Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State. Learn more and connect:
About the book – Chief of Sinners:
Obedience can overcome ruinous choices, and with repentance of wicked ways, God’s faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail.
Set in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, this epic addition to the Texas Romance family saga
sweeps through three decades of triumphs and tragedies—from the Texas Hill Country to the beaches of Normandy and beyond.
The faithful flock to his father’s tent where Buddy Nightingale leads praise and worship, but like King
David, the young psalmist battles a generational curse, lust. On his first night back in Marble Falls, Texas—the place he heard the angels sang fifteen years prior—he beholds Sandra Harris, an eighteen-year-old beauty, attending strictly for the entertainment of the Spirit filled meetings. Love strikes both, but her Church of Christ father wants no part of any holy roller.
Sometimes choices we make take us places we never intend to go, but God . . .
Question for Readers: Have you ever met someone you knew would be pivotal in your life from the moment you saw them?
On top of the giveaway drawing, Caryl is generously offering a free e-book: Hearts Stolen
Come back August 29th for Caryl’s Story Behind the Story!