Even though we went through a sad and confusing four-month break-up, eventually God did bring Scott and me together, and today's video tells the story of how God restored our relationship.
You can watch the video now, but there's one more part of the story I didn't mention.
And that's where he ALMOST proposed.
We were at the Urbana in World Missions conference (along with about twenty thousand others!), and we went on a walk one morning, just enjoying each other's company (and finally being in the same time zone, let alone the same campus.
Well, Scott had bought me a ring over a year earlier, and he happened to have it in his pocket and was ready to propose ...
The setting seemed so perfect.
A gentle breeze.
A warm(ish) day even though it was late December.
It was totally quiet and peaceful.
It was also a graveyard.
Thankfully, Scott realized where we were before he popped the question, which he did about five minutes later by a cute little fountain.
And if you're not too easily upset by spoilers, I said yes.
I hope you've enjoyed hearing our story. And now I want to hear yours! Let me know a true romance you know of, and be sure to buy your copy of What Dreams May Come today.
There was nothing conventional about my romance with Scott.
We were three thousand miles away when we met, and we fell in love before we had anything more than a very general idea of what the other looked like.
But fall in love we did, and we even felt we had God's blessing on our relationship.
Until all those blessings began to feel like curses.
Which is a very polite way of putting it. But you'll have to see today's video to understand what I mean.
Watch it now.
Make sure you've grabbed your copy of our true-to-life romance What Dreams May Come and find out how the story ends in tomorrow's post.
Yesterday I told you about the way Scott and I "met" even though we were living about three thousand miles apart.
(Click here to read about that first phone call.)
Things moved somewhat quickly from there. But if you listened to yesterday's video, you already knew that!
Two months into our relationship, we hadn't even seen each other's photos, but I was in love (and suspected he might be too).
So I got a little stubborn and gave God an ultimatum. (Never a good idea, by the way.)
Find out what happened to me (and our relationship) next in today's video.
If you haven't yet, don't forget to grab your copy of What Dreams May Come, the romance novel inspired by our love story.
Then find out why in the world I don't have Scott's very first love letter anymore.
My husband always told me I should turn our love story into a novel.
So I did.
And as of right now, he doesn't even know! (Let's hope he doesn't see this post before I get to break the big surprise.)
What Dreams May Come, was inspired by the way Scott and I met and fell in love (and even broke up!) fourteen months before we met face to face.
A lot of people (not just my husband) said I should turn it into a book, which I did.
But then people wanted to know more. What parts of the story were real and what parts were fiction?
So I recorded a few quick videos to share with you, including the one today about our very first phone call.
I thought we were on the fast-track to young love.
He thought it was a job interview.
It got a little awkward.
Watch the video here and don't forget to grab your own copy of What Dreams May Come, an inspirational romance and book 1 in the Sweet Dreams Christian suspense series.
There are so many reasons to love audiobooks. They help you multitask, keep you entertained in your car, and are a fabulous way to read your favorite books on the go.
The kids and I listen to audiobooks when we go on car trips, and my husband listens when he goes to haul water for our family from the city well. In fact, one of the main reasons I try to get my books out on audio as quickly as possible is so my husband can listen to them.
Unfortunately, audiobooks tend to be pricey, but there are some tricks around that. Check out the tips below for a few ways you can get some of my audiobooks on Audible for cheap (or even free)!
Two years and a couple months ago, Kennedy Stern made her debut. (Actually, to be more precise, she played a decent-sized role in Slave Again which released almost a full year earlier than that, but she was one of those characters who remained entirely off camera.)
Now, we're celebrating the release of the SEVENTH Kennedy Stern Christian suspense novel. I'm so thankful to my husband for his support, my awesome team of editors, and all you readers who provide so much encouragement and motivation about this series!
This novel deals with a topic I feel very strongly about -- women's rights.
I’d rather be just about anywhere else, but Jake wanted to come this morning, and I’m sick of arguing with him. Don’t have the energy to fight. I hardly do these days. It’s a blessing, I’m sure, or else I would have said some nasty things by now. Not the kind of things you apologize for in the morning when you wake up and your mascara’s caked onto your face and your eye sockets are so puffy and black you’d frighten a raccoon. I’m talking about the really bad things. The things that destroy couples, even ones who haven’t gone through half of what we have.
Four hundred and fifteen points. I added it up once. I found this quiz online, and it’s supposed to tell how much stress you’ve gone through in the past twelve months. Getting married, that’s a hundred points right there. Pregnancy racks up another sixty, which is half of what you get when you add a roommate, and in the past year I went from living by myself to sharing a trailer with two adults and a newborn. Fifty points for moving? Yeah, does living in a hospital room count?
There was even a category for serious illness in the family, which added on another eighty tallies. As if getting married is more stressful. Of course, serious illness could mean anything from measles to cancer. Whatever psychologist or clickbait-hungry web designer invented the quiz, what would they know?
Imagine being an artist, being so passionate about your creations, so enslaved to your Muse ... but the only art you can create is what the government tells you to.
There’s nothing like travelling four thousand miles away from home to teach you about a phobia you never realized you had.
I knew the trip to get from Nowhere, Alaska to Seoul, South Korea would be long, and I packed my books, my journal, my laptop … and that was just for the flight over.
I was prepared.
Or so I thought.
Summer's come to Alaska! That means mosquitoes, BBQs, and lots of sunshine. And by lots of sunshine, I basically mean that you could comfortably read a book outside at 1 am (unless you're worried about the mosquitoes carrying you off).
Summer in our home means gardens, hikes, and baby chicks! We're all enjoying every minute of it (and we have the mosquito bites to prove it).
Summer also means it's time for my annual PAPERBACK BLOWOUT SALE ...