Despite the advice you’ll find in the Help for Writers section of my website on the necessity of blogging, as of late I’ve ignored my oft-repeated injunction. In July, the first of my four children will marry.
Preparing for the nuptials is a tricky business when you’re coordinating the event with an ex living in another state. Add in a maid of honor, my middle daughter, juggling college studies and work in Ohio and the simplest tasks—like purchasing gowns—requires the strategizing talents of a 5-star general.
Every wedding is special, of course, but Marguerite and Robert’s tying of the knot is one of those events that have people whispering about intercession by angels and the unsung goodness of remarkable stories we do well to notice as we bustle through our days.
You might not believe in angels although I do hope you subscribe to the goodness revealed in most human lives. Here are the facts: During the 1990s Marguerite and Robert were orphans in two sibling groups at The Children’s Shelter of Cebu. A big-hearted couple in Colorado (that was already raising a large brood) adopted Robert and his younger brother and sister. Marguerite and my three other munchkins arrived home in Cleveland with me in 1996.
Flash forward to 2013, and it was rare good luck that the kids became reacquainted here in Charleston, where both families had moved.
What are the odds that I’d set down roots a few miles from another CSC family, and our children would fall in love? In the annals of CSC lore, this is a first. To commemorate the event, Paul Healy, CSC’s founding missionary, will fly to Charleston with his wife Marlys to participate in the wedding. You can imagine my delight: this will be the first time in nearly twenty years my children will have the pleasure of visiting with the man who rescued them from the jungle and set them on the path to adoption in The United States.
In between hours spent on wedding prep, I’m completing the fourth book in The Liberty Series and outlining a new series set in South Carolina’s magical Lowcountry. If you’ve fallen in love with Theodora and the other memorable characters at The Second Chance Grill, no worries: I’ll continue to write Liberty installments as I set the new series in motion.
I’m also preparing for the PubSmart convention in Charleston April 16 – 18. Writers are a gregarious bunch, and I’m looking forward to spending time with several authors I’ve grown to love including Bette Lee Crosby, Steena Holmes, Patricia Sands and the tireless president of The Alliance of Independent Authors, Orna Ross.
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