Shannon here: My awesome critique partner, Lorna Seilstad shares her April Fool’s surprise for her husband plus a chance to win a copy of her latest release, While Love Stirs. Comment on this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: May 10th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Lorna:
Keeping the Love Alive as We Approach 25
It’s hard to believe I’ve been married to David for almost twenty-five years. In February, we’ll celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. In some ways, it seems like only yesterday we took our vows, but in other ways it feels like there was never a time before “us.”
I think there are a lot of secrets to a happy marriage. First and foremost is a shared faith. Mutual respect, honoring one another, and communication are keys, too. But I think an often overlooked element is just plain old FUN!
Last time I visited Shannon’s blog, I told you all about my husband surprising me with M&M’s that he had made bearing the names of my heroes and heroines for the Gregory Sister Series. I still haven’t eaten the candies. They are on my desk, sealed, and I can’t seem to bring myself to dip into them. They are a great reminder of David’s love.
We both like to do things to bring fun into our marriage. I want to tell you about my recent escapade.
On April Fool’s Day, I picked up my daughter from high school and asked her if she wanted to help me play a joke on her dad. Of course, the answer was yes. Over the years, I’ve often pranked the kids. For example, I made them ice cream sundaes for an after school snack. Imagine their disappointment when they discovered they were mashed potatoes and brown gravy. I’ve gotten David a few times, too, but it had been a while.
So, this year, Emma and I took sticky notes and covered all of the windows of his work car. Naturally, we chose the brightest sticky notes we could find. It was really cold that day, so thankfully, it didn’t take long, and we loved doing this together. It was a blast seeing the faces of people who drove by and saw us.
We couldn’t wait to see David’s reaction. Unfortunately, we had to leave about the time he got home. Still, when we finally met up, we could see he was tickled, and like a good wife, I helped him take them off the next morning.
Why do things like this? Because life shouldn’t just be about shared responsibilities or tasks. It should be about living life abundantly and sharing joy, and I hope David and I get to do that for another twenty-five years.
About Lorna: Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a professional wiper. “I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby’s bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote.” Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor. Learn more: www.lornaseilstad.com and www.inkspirationalmessages.com
About the book – While Love Stirs: After graduating from Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery in 1910, Charlotte Gregory is ready to stir things up. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution–the gas stove–and certainly doesn’t mind that the gas company has hired the handsome Lewis Mathis to perform at her lectures.
Lewis encourages her work, especially her crusade to introduce fresh, appetizing, nutritious food to those convalescing in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made–especially by this outspoken young woman.
When Charlotte and Joel are coerced into planning a fund-raising gala for the hospital, will this combustible pair explode?
Follow the second Gregory sister as she looks for true love and makes her way in a rapidly changing world in this breezy, lighthearted love triangle that will keep you guessing.
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