Shannon here: Barbour author, Vickie McDonough originally shared her son’s Christmas proposal in Sept. I thought it would be fitting to rerun it this month and Vickie just happens to have a Christmas book to giveaway, Christmas Mail-Order Brides. Comment on any post dated Dec 20 – 25 for a chance to win. Deadline: Dec 25, midnight Central time. Here’s Vickie:
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS ENGAGEMENT By Vickie McDonough
If you’ve never seen the Christmas lights at Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, you’re missing something spectacular. Every tree, building, fence is covered in millions of colored lights. It’s an enchanting wonderland that takes my breath away every time I see it. A tiny part of our family’s history is entwined with Rhema, and I’d like to tell you about it.
My son dated his girlfriend for 4 and ½ years before he got the nerve up to ask her to marry him. They had agreed to wait until Valentine’s Day before they got engaged so they could save money for the wedding. Christmas rolled around, and the weather was unseasonably warm, so Brian took Meridith to Rhema to see the Christmas lights. They strolled the sidewalks through the amazing lights that covered every thing in view and lit up the area. Engaging Christmas music played from speakers hidden in the trees. As they crossed the bridge under a canopy of lights, Brian stopped and knelt down, pretending to tie his shoe. “Hey, look, there are ducks down there,” he said.
Meridith took the bait and turned to look at them. Brian whipped out the ring and when she turned back around, he said, “Will you put me out of my misery and marry me?”
Meridith was stunned. A good stunned, and of course she said yes. She’s quite a sharp gal, so pulling off a surprise wasn’t easy. Brian and Meridith will have been married ten years this July. They got married on my parents’ 50th anniversary.
This Christmas, I plan to visit Rhema again, but when I go, I’ll be taking my little granddaughter to see the lights.
About Vickie: Award-winning author Vickie McDonough has lived in Oklahoma all her life, except for a year when she and her husband lived on a kibbutz in Israel . Vickie has had 20 books and novellas published, and historical Christian romance is her favorite genre to read and write. Vickie is currently the ACFW treasurer, and a founding member of WIN, an ACFW chapter in Tulsa , OK . She is a member of RWA, CAN, Women Writing the West, OKRWA, and OWFI. She is a wife of thirty-five years, mother of four grown sons and grandma to a feisty four-year-old girl. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
Come back on Christmas day for #2 of your favorite blog posts from this quarter and Dec 27 for Myra Johnson’s real life romance and a chance to win her book: One Imperfect Christmas.