Shannon: This week Tyndale House/B & H author, Kimberley Woodhouse shares her real life romance, along with her characters’ first meeting. And she’s giving away not one, but two books! Leave a comment on any post this week by 8:00 PM Central time on Friday for a chance to win: Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy or No Safe Haven. Here’s Kimberley’s how we met story:
Now, before you turn your brain inside-out trying to work through that puzzle, let me ‘splain. I met my husband the very first day of Bible College (for me) – he actually carried in a few of my boxes. So romantic, yes, I know. But see, behind the scenes there was a greater power at work. (Yes, God was definitely at work, but I’m actually talking about my mother and her constant-prayer-matchmaker line to God.)
My mom, being the hopeless romantic that she is, was determined to send me off to college to get married, since my older brother and sister were not married yet. Me, in my teenage stubbornness, decided that I wouldn’t date—because I definitely wasn’t going to Bible College to get married! Ha! Following me so far?
I can hear your chuckles already… You know how this ends J
Well, it was a small Bible College. Everyone knew everyone. And Jeremy and I became fast friends. Then best friends. Then? Well, I was too stubborn to admit how much I liked him, because I was determined to prove my match-making mother wrong – and he was too afraid to admit how much he liked me because we were best friends and he didn’t want to mess that up.
Love won out. (Don’t tell my mom she was right!) LOL
Four months later we were engaged. And almost nineteen years ago, we were married.
Now you might be wondering how my niece figures into all this? Well, I met my sister-in-law and her newborn baby in our church months before I ever met Jeremy, and we didn’t put all the pieces together until we were planning the wedding. He showed me a picture of all his family and I pointed at her and said, “I know her! And I’ve already held my niece! How cool is that?”
About Kimberly: Kimberley Woodhouse is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she’s shared at more than 650 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family’s story have garnered national media attention for many years, but most recently her family was chosen for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, and Discovery Health channel’s Mystery ER which premiered in 2008.
An avid reader and writer, she’s had dozens of articles and short stories published in nationally recognized magazines and books. Her non-fiction book about their amazing story, Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy released in September of 2009 from Tyndale House Publishers, and a new three book suspense series, written with daughter Kayla, begins with No Safe Haven and releases in March 2011 from B&H Publishers. Kimberley lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and two children in their truly “extreme” home. Learn more at her website: http://www.kimberleywoodhouse.com.