Shannon here: Aspiring Author, Karin Beery shares her real life romance proving that opposites attract and whirlwind courtships can last plus a recipe for Christmas cookies called Cathedral Windows. Comment on any post dated Dec 16 – 20 for a chance to win a copy of Rodeo Queen – book 5 in my Texas Rodeo series plus a gently used book I must part with since my shelves are overflowing: Christmas Belles of Georgia – a 4 in 1 novella collection by Jeanie Smith Cash, Rose Allen McCauley, Jeri Odell, and Debra Ullrick. Merry Christmas to one lucky winner. Deadline: Dec 28th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Karen:
My husband and I met and married in eight months. It wasn’t just a whirlwind courtship, it was a lesson in insanity. We were fine – everyone else had problems accepting the situation. They weren’t just upset with the speed of our relationship, they were also concerned about our character. In eight months you don’t have enough time to get to know every one of your fiancé’s family members and friends. They didn’t know if Matt and I were right for each other, and they had every reason to be concerned.
We are the stereotypical odd couple.
I’m a bit of an overachiever and ridiculously punctual. I work in an office, dress up for special events, and enjoy snuggling up on the couch watching a good movie or football game. I grew up in a house where vacations meant Niagara Falls, Cedar Point, or shopping trips (I have two sisters – of course we’d go shopping). My parents took us to all kinds of shows, including the Canadian Brass, Peking Acrobats, and Up with People!
Matt has an older brother and younger sister, and they all run on “Beery Time” – 90 minutes late doesn’t faze anyone. Matt’s a certified master gardener who prefers to be outside, considers “dressing up” wearing anything that isn’t camouflage, and couldn’t care less about football (or hockey!) – he’d rather be hiking. His family trips included a camper and national parks. His favorite childhood memories include huge messes or being alone with a tent.
Despite our differences, however, there was one thing that drew us together – God. We both loved God and wanted to dedicate our lives to Him. Our passion for God and following His ways bound Matt and I together.
As the wedding approached, it magnified our differences. Well-meaning friends agreed to support us if we postponed the ceremony. When Matt showed up 30 minutes late to a pre-marital counseling session, I was tempted. I started to focus on Matt’s flaws, but then my pastor pointed me back to God.
God knows everything about Matt and me, but He still brought us together. He didn’t, however, bring us together to focus on each other. Our goal hadn’t changed – we still wanted to live our lives for God. As long as we focused on that, not on our differences and annoying habits, we approached the wedding in God’s peace.
This year we celebrated eight years of a blissfully tormenting marriage. It has challenged us, changed us, and blessed us beyond expectation. We still love each other, we still love and serve God, and we’ve found a compromise in only being 15 minutes late.
On our first date, Matt and I discussed Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages. Matt hadn’t read the book, but he didn’t need to. “My love language is brownies.”
Matt doesn’t simply have a sweet tooth – he has sugar-coated dentures. As a woman who loves to make sweets, we’re a perfect match (thanks, God). One of his favorite Christmas cookies is a Cathedral Window. This super easy, super tasty treat is perfect for the person who hates to bake, but loves holiday treats. I apologize for not having a better picture – my husband ate them before I had the chance!
Cathedral Windows Recipe
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag miniature colored marshmallows
Waxed paper (2 ½ – 3” piece)
1. Melt chocolate chips in a large bowl (I suggest using the bowl as a double boiler – use medium-high heat and stir chips constantly).
2. When chocolate is smooth, add all marshmallows. Coat marshmallows completely.
3. Pour mixture onto waxed paper. Spread mixture down the length of the paper.
4. Wrap paper around mixture, creating a log.
5. Chill log until firm.
6. Cut log into ½” windows.
About Karin: About Karin: A freelance writer/editor/coach, wife, care giver, and homemaker, Karin Beery has published over 350 articles in various periodicals, in addition to writing her novels. She is an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association, Evangelical Press Association, and Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website, www.karinbeery.com.
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