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Today, we’ll hear from Misty Beller with some sweet memories of her grandparents.
Family has always been special to me. Growing up on a small farm, where my grandparents and cousins all lived on either side of us, many of my earliest memories involve happy family traditions. Nana and Papa kept ponies for the grandkids, and walked a dirt path into the ground around the house as they taught us to ride not long after we’d learned to walk. And in my adolescent years, when I was frustrated with Mom or Dad? Off I’d slip to Nana and Pop’s house. There I would find a refuge, whether it be helping Nana in the yard, watching Pop work in his shop, finding hidden treasures in the attic above the garage, or just sitting in the barn with the horses.
Nana taught me to sew, attempted to teach me to paint, and instilled in me a love of plants and natural healing. I see her influence woven into the fabric of every book I write. She is truly the most creative woman I’ve ever met, and I’ve often said she has more creativity in her little finger than I possess in my entire body.
And Pop? He can make anything. Truly. He completely renovated the crumbling 1880s farmhouse they purchased. No matter what it was, he could fix it or build it. He taught me to change my oil and oversaw my work each time I serviced my own cars. He made every frame for my grandmother’s award winning paintings.
But now in their 80s, Nana and Pop face a new set of challenges. Bodies don’t hold up as well as they once did, but if it’s possible, my grandparents mean more to me now than ever. Maybe I have a better understanding of how special they’ve always been. Maybe it scares me to imagine life without them (and maybe I’m crying as I write this). But as I think through the many blessings God has placed in my life, a picture crystalizes in my mind of a little brown-haired girl in tattered hat and cowgirl boots, standing between her Nana and Pop, with a smile that stretches from ear to ear.
One of the books included in the Thankful Hearts giveaway is Misty’s upcoming December release and the first book in her Sweetwater River Tales seris, A Pony Express Romance.
After growing up as an orphan, Josiah English wants nothing more than to have his own ranch and raise Arabian horses. Riding for the Pony Express seems like the ticket to his dream. And when he meets the stationmaster’s beautiful sister, it seems he may be within reach of the happy life he craves.
Mara Reid is thrilled to finally meet the man of her dreams, and the fact that they both want to raise horses in the Sweetwater River valley seems like confirmation straight from God.
But when the Express shuts down and Mara’s family home is in peril, the danger looming over Mara’s life may not be half as destructive as that threatening her heart.
Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family–both immediate and extended–is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.
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Question for giveaway entry: What are some memories for which you’re thankful this year?
Tomorrow we’ll hear from Mary Connealy – plus another chance to win!