Shannon here: Fay Lamb shares insight into her real life romance, plus a chance to win a copy of her latest contemporary romance, Libby. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Nov 3 – 7 to enter the drawing. Deadline: Nov 15th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Fay:
December 22, 1989. That’s the date I asked, Marc, my then boyfriend, to marry me. I not only asked him. I presented him with a wedding band and said something terrifically romantic like, “If we get started now, we can get on the road, get to Georgia, and get married. They don’t require a waiting period.”
My unusual proposal was just the start of a different type of story. I had two sons by a previous marriage. The kids had already taken to calling Marc’s parents Grandma and Grandpa Lamb, and well, the boys loved Marc and his family as much as I did. I wasn’t going to let him get away.
The proposal wasn’t a sure thing, though. You see, December 22 was Marc’s birthday. My present to him was one ring, two boys, and the abolishment of his goal to go into his third decade a single man. Yes, that’s right. He wanted to wait until the end of 1990 to marry.
I breathed a sigh of relief, when he laughed. Then we continued with our unusual adventure. Without telling anyone in our families, on the coldest day in our state’s history since the early 1900s, we bundled the boys in heavy clothing, put them in the car, and drove to Kingsland, Georgia. With the boys following us around, we applied for the marriage license, had our blood test, and then found a Justice of the Peace.
W.G. Snuffy Smith (yes, that’s the name on our marriage certificate) performed the ceremony while our youngest peeled the lead paint from the old guy’s wall.
We thanked Mr. Smith by putting his fee in his hands.
From there we went to a celebratory dinner at a local Kingsland restaurant. While there, we overheard other patrons talking about the temperature’s expected plummet and the fact that cars traveling south still had heavy snow on them. That doesn’t normally happen in South Georgia or any part of Florida.
For a fraction of a second, we thought about staying and seeing the snow because at that time none of us had ever seen snow. Believe it or not, to this day, Marc and I have yet to see it. Then an announcement came over the radio that officials in Jacksonville were about to do something unprecedented. They were going to close the bridges, and we would be unable to travel home until possibly after Christmas, when we expected to surprise our families with the news.
After our wedding dinner, we reluctantly drove home.
The boys had a difficult time keeping the news quiet, but on Christmas Day we celebrated our marriage with our family as we gathered for the holiday, and the memories are ones Marc and I treasure on Christmas night, when all is quiet, and the lights on the tree glow in the semi-darkness of our home. And we thank God for bringing us together and giving us a unique wedding story to tell.
About Fay: Fay Lamb is an author, editor, and writing coach.
Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby the first two novels in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released. Fay has also collaborated on three romance novellas: The Christmas Three Treasure Hunt, A Ruby Christmas, and the newest A Dozen Apologies. Her adventurous spirit has taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.
Future releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Hope and Delilah, Books 3 and 4 from The Ties that Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity.
Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fay.lamb?fref=ts, her Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorFay, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TacticalEd. She’s also active on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FayLamb. Then there are her blogs: http://faylamb.com/ontheledge/on-the-ledge/, http://faylamb.com/innersource/, and http://tacticaleditor.faylamb.com/. And, yes, there’s one more: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1482814.Fay_Lamb.
About the book – Libby:
Libby Overstreet can’t see herself as anything but shy and socially awkward. She’s nearing thirty, and she’s never even been on a date. Then she meets the man of her dreams, but Libby knows he would never be interested in a wallflower like her. All she wants to do is to buy that garden nursery on the outskirts of town and settle down with the life she has always dreamed about.
Evan Carter has been watching the sweet woman in the coffee shop for weeks when his friend tells him that the object of his affection plans to buy a garden nursery and needs Evan’s expertise as an architect/contractor.
When they meet, Libby is more enamored of Evan and even more convinced that he would never look at her as anything but a friend.
However, that’s far from the truth. Evan would love to get to know the innocent beauty God has placed in this path. Trouble is, he fears that a lovely flower like Libby will wilt under the sins of his past, and he’ll do everything in his power to keep that from happening.
Question: Would you have gone home or waited to see the snow?
Come back Nov 7th for Fay’s romantic excerpt!
Jennifer Hallmark says
Amazing story, Fay!
Vanessa Roland says
Ii did no know this! I would not have waited for the snow with risk of not being home for Christmas
Betty Owens says
I love this. Such a special memory–brought tears to my eyes!
Shelia Hall says
Special memory to treasure
chris granville says
Im to practical I would have gone home to get away from being snowed in
Please have a terrific, God-blessed day
Kelly Blackwell says
That was the sweetest little story ever. I can just picture Fay’s little boy peeling that paint. I just love real love stories. Thanks for sharing this one.
Elaine Stock says
I enjoyed learning a bit more about you, Fay. What a lovely story to hand down throughout the generations. As for snow, I’ve seen enough of winter in upstate NY, so I would have definitely gone home to share the great news 🙂
Shannon, thanks for featuring Fay.
LOL Love it!