Shannon here: Stacy T. Simmons shares how she met the love of her life. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for a copy of her latest Contemporary Romance, A Promise for Faith. Deadline: Jan 22nd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Stacy:
For thirty-four years I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Mike. We’ve lived in four states together, had two beautiful, now-grown daughters together, and had many amazing adventures with more to come.
How exactly did our love story begin? We met over a dinner table after church one December Sunday night. Our “College and Career” group went to Chi-Chi’s. Mike, my now-husband, happened to sit across from me and boy, was he a delightful conversationalist. At the end of dinner, I realized how much fun Mike was, he had a way of making a person feel at ease.
Things didn’t pick up speed until five months later when out-of-the-blue my best friend called me and said Mike had sent me a letter. I was floored, I’d not seen him since a few months before. Our church group had gone to a movie and dinner, still very casual friends, he brought someone else on his arm. My feelings of green-eyed jealousy with his date, made me ponder about what my feelings exactly were for him.
As for the letters, one was super sweet the other super annoying. Karla my friend, warned me of them and that I should get a call from him to explain. We talked on the phone about the letters, Mike said he’d wanted to get my attention. It surely did, our phone conversation lasted over three hours. On May 23rd we had our first date.
Let me just say, I’m not athletic, at all, and we went to play Racquetball on the local college courts. As my tenth ball lobbed high over the wall and into the other courts, I could tell he was tired of retrieving them. We decided to go see a movie after we’d both gone back to our homes to tidy up. He picked me up at my parent’s home and came inside for a bit, he chatted with my folks and they really liked him.
In fact, the October before Mike and I met, my mom called me at school and said she’d met a nice person who’d just moved to the area while greeting at church. It turned out to be Mike. She likes to say to this day that “she picked Mike out for me.” As I prayed some months before meeting him to find a nice “Christian man,” Jesus did the choosing, my mom helped the process along.
By June, my sister and I combed through all the permutations of Bride’s magazines, dress shopping. A year later, Mike and I were married in my home church with all our family and friends in attendance. We had a beautiful wedding and reception, a romantic honeymoon in Sky Valley, Georgia, and the years have flown past, since.
Once you pray for something, I’ve learned over the years, wait in hopeful expectation, your prayers will be answered in Jesus’ perfect timing.
About Stacy: Stacy T. Simmons writes uplifting fiction that delights the reader’s romantic sensibilities. Thirty-four years of marital bliss is a great contributor. She is a mom of two grown children, and she and her family have a menagerie of pets she likes to call “Noah’s Ark.” You can find her working on her next manuscript with a piece of dark chocolate and a cup of coffee nearby. Connect with Stacy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog, Fueled by Faith and Caffeine. Learn more & connect:
About the book – A Promise for Faith:
Secrets have the power to ruin lives. Faith and love have the power to disarm those secrets.
Failure isn’t an option for Faith Fuller, she wants to prove to herself and her very successful parents she can stand on her own, even if it means accepting a job offer from someone she wanted to forget. To add to the problem, that job means facing her biggest fear.
Caleb Gaines is looking for a manager for his coffee shop. He’s in over his head running his successful river outfitters business and being a single dad to a preschooler. But the perfect candidate wants nothing to do with him. Risk-taker Caleb is up for a challenge and wants to convince Faith to help him.
If neither one relies on faith and learns to trust, any chance at love will be washed downstream.
An out-of-work chef and successful river outfitter are both hiding secret tragedies. How much faith will it take to learn to trust in each other, overcome obstacles, and find love?
A Promise for Faith is Book 1 in the Briar Creek Love Series
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