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Harvest time at Heather Creek Farm is an exciting time, but the kids don’t seem to be getting into the spirit. One day while he’s wandering through the fields, Christopher stumbles across an old piece of metal buried in the ground. He doesn’t know what it is, but he hides it in the shed.
That night, the garden by the house is uprooted. Who could have done such a thing? Charlotte is determined to find out, but is distracted when she gets news that Sam is failing school. The sullen teen is indifferent and won’t study. He starts spending a lot of time with Pete. Though she loves her son dearly, Pete never finished high school, and Charlotte is afraid he’ll encourage Sam to do the same. How can she help him get back on track?
A gripping story that examines the Stevenson family’s history as well as its shaky future, Sweet September will bring you deeper into the loving community of Bedford and the deep ties of love that bind this broken family together. As they forge new connections, you’ll be entertained, inspired, and reminded that God’s grace can make all things new.
Since Sweet September is all about family, Tricia wants to meet yours.
Leave a comment on this post sharing who your favorite family member is (think beyond hubby and kids) and why.
You’ll be entered into a drawing to win William-Sonoma’s Pumpkin Harvest Loaf Pan & Quick Bread Set.
Winner’s will be announced October first!
Pattie at Fresh Brewed Writer
What surprised me about the first two books of the Heather Creek series is that they are inspirational without being emotionally manipulative! That is a big plus to me. This is well-written Christian fiction that is relevant to today’s world without being saccharine.
Beth at The Writing Road
Sweet September was just that–a sweet read that reinforced the importance of faith and family-and believing that God’s grace is sufficient for all things.
Amy at Amy’s Random Thoughts
Sweet September was a wonderful read by Tricia Goyer whom I have recently discovered. What a great writer. This book read like a TV show, I could picture the entire story in my head. I can not wait to read more!!!!!! This is another set of books I would totally recommend.
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
A gripping story that examines the Stevenson family’s history as well as its shaky future, Sweet September will bring you deeper into the loving community of Bedford and the deep ties of love that bind this broken family together.
Christy at Christy’s Book Blog
It takes a true talent to take the everyday events of this family’s life and make them not only interesting and enjoyable but also inspiring, and Goyer does it with style. This isn’t a book with explosions, dead bodies, or vampires. It’s a solid story of a family’s struggles to learn to live with and love each other, populated with characters just like the people you meet every day. I hope that there will be more in this terrific series.
Margaret at The Cappuccino Life
Sweet September is actually the second in a series (Home To Heather Creek), but is perfectly wonderful as a stand-alone novel as well. As an aside, this is her first published contemporary novel, and I think she did a fine job on it!
Kate at A Simple Walk
Sweet September was a fantastic read filled with lovable characters, a fascinating storyline, and a setting that is so well-written it becomes as much of the storyline as the plot itself. As I read this book, I found myself caring very deeply about what would happen in the life of this “cobbled-together family.”
Patty at Girlfriends in God
I can tell you that the author, Tricia, immediately draws you into this family and from the very beginning you can feel the pain that the children were dealing with from the death of their mother, to their father’s abandonment. This book could apply to any one of us.
Diane at Diane’s Place
Overall they give insight into the Christian life and how we need God in our lives every day, but they’re not preachy at all.
Deborah at A Cup of Joy
Cara at Cara’s Musings
let me say the series is set in Nebraska — the location for all great books LOL — and she’s interviewed my mom for the latest book she just turned in – -all about growing up in Nebraska in the 60s.
Laura at LightHouse Academy
I enjoyed learning more about Charlotte, her family and her circle of friends in this well written book. The faith message is expertly woven in, and I enjoyed the way Ms. Goyer took a bit of history and wove it seamlessly into a contemporary novel. Readers will not want to miss SWEET SEPTEMBER.
Leticia at My Daily Trek
I love introducing new wonderful books. And as many of you know I am a HUGE fan of Tricia Goyer. When I heard about her latest contemporary novel, her first, there was no way I was going turn this opportunity down.
Tasra at Real Women Scrap
This is very cool because many of Tricia’s books are historical. This one mixes it up a bit with some historical references, but a contemporary setting.
Jamie at Surviving the Chaos
I CAN tell you that you can read this book without reading the others (because I did it and survived…even enjoyed myself in the process). I love the contemporary farm aspect of this book and the small town feel. It takes me back to high school. Which, though frought with anxiety, were peaceful times overall. And, if you know Tricia, you know she’ll fit some history into even her contemporary books. Gotta love that.
Lauren at Baseballs and Bows
At first, I wondered how well books written by different authors would flow, but I shouldn’t have worried. While both authors added their own personal touches, both books are heartwarming stories, perfect for curling up with on a cool fall night.
Sunny at Life in the Estrogen Ocean
I love how Tricia gets real in this book. Real fears. Real frustrations. Real insecurities. Real ‘tudes. She weaves a little mystery and a hint at romance into the story that will keep you guessing and wanting more. She captures each character’s personality so well that they become a part of you.
Susan at His Reading List
As many of you know, Tricia has become one of my favorite authors, and this is her first book set in a contemporary setting! In true Tricia Goyer style, history and the present meld together to form a heritage that lives on in word and deed. This is an honest look at the difficulties of relocation, grandparents who are called to be parents again, and the stress of change. I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it for teens and adults.
Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food
I really enjoyed this book. What I liked best was how the kids were allowed act normal, like actual teenagers in the 21st century. It was rather refreshing to read about Sam rebelling about his studies or Emily wanting to be a vegetarian. While these aren’t the choices their grandparents would have made, neither are they condemning and overbearing. I hope that the other authors in this series will be able to maintain this type of attitude. It’s much more realistic and I think hits home more to see kids acting like real kids and not try to change them. The conflict between father and son was interesting to read as well. Generation gaps and parent-child relationships always make for a good read.
Pam at Without Fear
This book feels perfect to cuddle up with on one of those now almost chilly evenings.
Heather at Mumblings of a Mommy Monk
Tricia Goyer leads us through their lives as they learn and grow through this experience…
Brittanie at A Book Lover
I loved this new series. Tricia does a really good job too of letting you know what is going on without being obvious and working it into the current story. I came to really care about the characters in the book. Tricia always makes her characters come alive for the reader. I love the mystery she added into the book’s plot. The setting is also beautiful and has really helped put me in the Fall mood. 🙂 I highly recommend this wonderful new series.
Mary at Home Steeped Hope
Tricia Goyer has written her first contemporary novel, and it’s a wonderful read! I’ve always wondered what a contemporary setting would read like when written up by this fantastic author. I sure wasn’t disappointed. Sweet September is a real-to-life look at the adventures and challenges of a multi-generational farm family, and from the outset, it feels authentically Goyer-esque!
Lynetta at Open Book
In her usual style, Tricia brings us closer to her characters and draws us into the place, yet keeps with the tone and general characterizations in the series. It was fun to get to know Christopher better, as his POV is featured in this second book. It’s a story of family bonding, sharing the good and bad times, and testing one’s true potential.
Trish at Books for Moms
Amy at My Friend Amy
I was in the mood for a book to set the right tone for the season and this sure did the trick! I didn’t get a chance to read the first book in this series, but luckily this book stands alone fine. It’s a great story!
Melissa at Breath of Life
I’ve fallen in love with Heather Creek Farm, Bob & Charlotte Stevenson, and their family.
Christina at Mustard Seeds Shelf
I have to tell ya that it sounds divine and I just can’t wait to snuggle up in a blanket, pour a cup of coffee, and read this book! This will surely be a great week and a wonderful start to Fall!
Deena at A Peek at My Bookshelf
Tricia Goyer is not just a gifted writer…she is a genuine, whole hearted lover of God! Her talent knows no bounds…historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction…she can do it all!Authors and their craft have always fascinated me. I’ve dabbled in writing fiction and non-fiction a bit, but never published. One aspect of writing that boggles my mind is collaboration.
But Tricia has pushed the bounds of that fine art…she’s written the second in a series of books written by multiple authors! That’s right…she’s stepping into the lives of characters who were birthed by someone else, and seamlessly woven her own threads of life into this chronicle of the Stevenson family.
Lena Nelson at A Christian Writer’s Life
I don’t have a ‘favorite’ family member. They’re all my ‘favorite’ one.
My husband is my best friend. I love going on long drives when the weather is warm & sunny in his 1978 MGB sports car.
My oldest daughter is the one I can talk about writing & dolls with since we share those interests.
My #2 daughter is my shopping buddy. She makes me feel young! It doesn’t matter if we’re shopping for new clothes, shoes, or going to flea markets. She’s ready for it.
My oldest son is married & lives 4 hours away. Since he’s a carpenter, he’s the one I talk over my remodeling plans with.
My daughter-in-law has been my passenger on a couple of trips following our camper. I’ve learned so much about her on these eventful trips. She’s also my internet buddy.
My ‘baby boy’ is 20 & 6’3″ & the funniest person I know. He was involved in speech & debate during his high school years. We were homeschoolers for all 4 kids educational careers so I spent LOTS of time with them. Especially #2 son! I traveled all over the country with him. His humorous interpretations at tournaments had me laughing so hard tears would roll down my cheeks. He can always make me laugh!
I can’t imagine my life without them! And I thank God each & every day for each member of my family.
I do have a favorite even though I probably shouldn’t. I call her my baby even though she is my adopted cousin. I was 14 when she was born and I spent a lot of time at her house with her and my aunt and uncle so we kinda grew up together. She is just a really cool kid. I love her bunches but I love my other cousins too. 🙂
This causes deep introspection on my part. I am so blessed to have so many favorite family members and friends!
I have lost many favorite ones also.
To choose between my older sister and my 90 year old dad is an almost impossible task. Let along, I am not including my husband and two sons.
There is a niece that I am like a second mother to. Okay, my only sibling left ( the oldes, our brother passed away 8 years ago ), is my older sister by ten years. She is without a doubt, my best friend, bar none. She has also been like a mother figure to me. I can tell her anything and she still accepts and loves me. Carol has a deep faith and was a devoted first grade teacher for 34 years! We both help take care of our elderly father so that it doesn’t tire one of us out more than the other. We have a lot of fun together. There is one day a month that we schedule together to do anything we want. We shop, have picnics, go antiquing, etc. That is our special day! She became diabetic about 4 years ago. It is in our family genetics. I pray for her health faithfully. I could say so much more, but I am going to stop here. Carol is my sister, friend and confidante. Thanks, Cindi
Carolynn W. says
Well, my whole family is my favorite but if I have to pick one, I’ll say my uncle Mark. I’ve always been very close with him. Everytime he sees me coming his way he gets this really mischievous smile on his face and I know he’s up to something. Maybe a funny joke he heard or a prank he wants to play on me. He can always make me smile when I’m feeling down, he’s a good friend, a confidant and just a wonderful, fun guy. I’m blessed to have him in my life:)
Since you said, “Think beyond hubby and kids” I choose my mom. Surprised? Probably not.
My mom is my best friend in the entire world.
As you know, Tricia, my dad abandoned me, my mom and two sisters when I was six-years-old. Never saw him or his family again. Then my mom’s own family saw that as a disgrace and proceeded to chastise and dictate her life, but no help whatsoever. They were very cruel to her and to me and my sisters, but that’s another story.
She began to clean homes to get food on the table and kept us clothed and did her best to meet our needs, and with three growing daughters that’s a lot.
I must mention my mom was born very sick and when she was in the
9th grade her parents pulled her out of school. So, she did everything with a 9th grade education, not bad for a single mom.
Anyhow, she worked all the time and was so exhausted, but never complained or let us know how hard things were for her, financially, emotionally etc. She stayed strong and protected us as much as she could. We never knew until years later how hard she struggled to pay the bills and gave us all that we had.
As a teenager I never appreciated or acknowledged the unconditional love she had for me.
She was always there when I needed her, even when I was at my worst, she never gave up on me. She stayed supportive and gave me space to grow into my own person, even though, I know it must have hurt her to watch me stumble and fall.
The most important aspect of my mom that I so admire and love is her faith in God. It never waivered. And even though I resisted, her prayers never ceased and finally after 31 years I accepted the Lord Jesus into my heart.
I may not have had a lot of worldy possessions as a child, but I had and have the most beautiful love from a mother who sacrificed her own happiness to bring three little girls theirs. And to this day she still does.
Leslie M says
My favorite family member is my mom. She’s great with making people feel right at home. She always takes care of those around her (widows, neighbors, friends, etc). She loves baking (a trait that I received) and cooking. When we visit home (I’m the only sibling that lives out of state), she always makes certain to have favorite dishes for my husband and me. My mom…the one I always call for help. I love her!
I do have a favorite! Her name is Lu and she is my husbands grandmother! ALL of my grandparents died within a few short years of my husband and I getting married and so did his grandfather. We have been married 17 years now and grama is still going at 94. She and I talk often and my daughter and her have had a great relationship. She was recently diagnosed with cancer behind her eye and she is refusing treatment. At 94, she can do that and I understand why! We live far apart from each other but I make the effort to send her flowers and call her so she doesn’t feel lonely. It will be painful when she passes, but the memories will last a lifetime!
Cora Belk says
My favorite family member is my one and only grandparent. I was named after her; and although she has been gone for many years, I have such fond memories of time spent with her. She was a very positive influence in my life and I feel that she enriched my childhood a hundred fold. Now that I am a grandparent and great grandparent I want to follow in her footsteps and leave a heritage of wonderful memories for my grandchildren.
Frazzled Farm Wife says
My favorite family member is my grandmother on my mother’s side. She had 12 kids and now has 25 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She takes the time to write “snail mail” to each one of the kids, grandkids and great grandkids several times throughout the year.
Grandma attends all of the home athletic activites and most of the away games at the school that she was a school board member at for over 25 years and also takes time to get to as many of the grandkids and great grandkids activities that she can.
She is 82 years old and is still very actively involved in the farming and milking operation. She helps milk the cows daily and makes the meals for all of the family involved in the operation (2 sons, their wives, 8 of the grandchildren and several hired hands).
She has been a Red Cross volunteer for as long as I can remember and is very actively involved in the Church and all of the Church activities.
She is and has always been the rock of our family. She has taught me the importance of family, love, volunteer work, hard work, dedication and being there for ANYBODY that needs you.
My favorite family member is my cousin Linda. She has never been married or had children. Some people may be sad about that but she is not. She uses her time and resources to help others. She sits with the sick or elderly to give their families free time. She takes others to Dr.’s appointments and grocery shopping. She believes that her life’s mission is to help others.
I lost my favorite family member earlier this year. My Granny was more mother than grandmother to me and she always made me feel special. As her first grandchild we had a bond like no other and I miss her dearly every day.
My favorite family member outside of hubby and kids (which would be hard to pick out of the 4 of them as well) would be my….
Mother-in-Law. I love the way she loves her children and my children and me. I thank God for the relationship we share.
What a fun contest. I think my favorite family member outside of hubby and kids would have to be my mom.
After my husband and children my favorite family member would have to be my mom. I feel really blessed to have had her raise me. I didn’t realize this until I raised my own kids and so many of her lessons came back to me when I needed them most.
Mary Helen says
After my husband, kids, and grandkids, I will say that my favorite family member is my farmer son-in-law. I have learned so much for him in all areas of life. He’s great!
My favorite family member outside my immediate family would have to be my Aunt Teresa.
I think it’s because she was always the baker in the family and now that I am older her and I like to talk about baking and share recipes with each other. She is a very nice woman, she is always taking care of someone or something and is constantly forgiving her kids for the strange things they have decided to do with their lives. She is full of love and is the best aunt in the world!
My favorite family member besides my hubby and daughter is my grandma (my mom’s mom) because she has been there for me and because I have such wonderful memories of her. Spending the night at her house when I was young was such a treat – and so was waking up to the aroma of her breakfasts! She is also a Christian and has been encouraging to me throughout my life.
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Natalie Jane says
I just became an aunt for the first time last month and this weekend I met my little niece. I was overwhelmed beyond words and cried the instant her soft cheek touched mine. Not only is she the daughter of my husband’s sweet sister, but her daddy was my closest friend in high school. I loved seeing this beautiful little baby, now connecting me to my lifelong friend.
My favorites would be my grand babes. The girls always crack me up and bring new insight into my world. At 5 years old I love nothing better than having deep conversations about Life, God and my favorite Heaven. They are the best!
Cathy Davis says
My paternal grandmother, Mama, and I had a rocky relationship while I was growing up. I just always felt like she loved my brother more than she loved me. When I was pregnant with my first child (who’ll be 16 tomorrow!), she and I had a major blow out and we didn’t talk for close to a year. However, we finally talked it out and became close.
She taught me about agape love and modeled how to have a fellowship with Christ. It’s hard to say I just have one favorite relative (and I really was going to say hubby or child!), but I think Mama taught me the most important life lessons. So, I’m picking her as my favorite!
I would have to say my favorite family member would have to be my Aunt Georgia, she was the most caring and understanding person you could ever meet. I would spend weeks with her during the summer growing up and she taught me so much. I miss her everyday.
I came here from Leticia’s blog. The book sounds interesting and I will be looking into it.
I have to say picking my favorite family member other than my sweet hubby and wonderful daughter is easy. It would be my mom.
Mama did so much for me and I am so thankful to the Lord for giving me to her. My daddy was an alcoholic, but my mom taught me it was not my fault and I didn’t have anything to be embarassed about. His problem was not my problem. At the same time though she also taught me to truly love and respect my daddy even through the problems. My mom stayed with my dad through everything not because she had to but because she truly loved my daddy. To me she really illustrated the charity (love) that 1 Cor. 13 talks about.
My mom gave me my love of reading. From the time I was a young child she read to me. I know once while I was pretty young and we had exhausted everything else she even read me some Shakespear.(GRIN) She led me to good authors and good books and I am glad to say we were able to pass that love of reading on to my daughter and have even converted my hubby to being a reader.
The greatest thing of all my mama did for me is to teach me as a young child that the Bible is different from all other books. It alone is the absolute truth – IT IS GOD’S WORD! Mama, I think, really did have a child-like faith. She showed me through example to believe God,respect God, and live by what He said. She taught me my first memory Scriptures – John 3:16 and Psalms 100 and introduced me to what the Lord Jesus had done for us through the book of Luke. I will always be thankful to the Lord for my mama and the foundation she gave me for my life.
My mom passed away in March of 2001 and what I miss most is talking and laughing with Mama. She had the best sense of humor and knew how to keep it through everthing. My childhood was great because God was with us and Mama knew how to make the best of anything, usually with smiles and laughter.
anna j says
Favorite? a rather dangerous question, don’t you think? 😉
guess it would have to be my Oma, though . . . a superwoman of a german grandma. she could do everything: went to culinary school, trained masseuse, lived through WWII germany, and raised 8 children on her own! beyond all this, however, she was a woman of faith, and raised her children as such
I came here from Deborah’s blog Books, Movies and Chinese Food. Boy it’s hard to say who would be my favorite family member. I’m a navy brat, and navy wife, so I’ve moved around a lot and wasn’t always with them for the holidays and special occasions. If I had to pick a favorite I’d have to say my Dad’s middle sister, my Aunt Louise. Her and I have the most in common in what we’ve been through in life. And it was after a really rough patch that I was going through that she decided to go back to church and give her life over to Christ. She’s been going back and forth to the nursing home for 5 years feeding my grandmother, her mother, who has Alzheimers, and doing her laundry so it’s always fresh.
Besides all of that when I was a kid, she was raising her son on her own, and while some of my Dad’s family treated me like I wasn’t part of the family because I was adopted, to her I was her lil angel and she never made me feel like I didn’t belong.
My favorite family member is my aunt and godmother Nora. She and I spent a lot of time together when I was child and I took her presence for granted. As I got older I realized what a significant positive impact she has had on my life. I’m so grateful for her lessons on keeping a home, being faithful to the Lord, managing money and budgeting, and respecting your husband. These are lessons that were not taught in my home.
She has impacted my life so greatly and we are now very close. We talk more regularly than I do with any other family member. She continues to support me and guide me regularly as I encounter life’s challenges.
She lives a quiet, faithful life and does her best to bring happiness to everyone she encounters. I can only hope to bless others one day, in the way that she does, to carry her legacy forward.
Hands down, my grandma is my favorite family member! And for many reasons, such as: she’s just the right size – cuddly, but not too soft!, she always makes me feel welcomed and loved and safe when I visit, she’s a FABULOUS cook…she once reheated McDonald’s Happy Meals (she fell victim to the beanie baby craze) and they tasted better than what McD’s serves!, and she’s fun to joke around with! I am becoming less and less like my mother and more and more like my grandma! …but it’s a good thing. 🙂
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My favorite family member is my Grandfather. As a child, I spent more time with him than I did my parents. He is very special to me.
Nora St. Laurent says
I don’t have a “favorite” family member per say. But I have watched my youngest son Isaac, go through 38 surgeries and go through many challenges in life. He is 10 years old. I love his spirit, smile, and the joy that he has for life. He is very sensitive to God at work in his life – it’s eerie sometimes. The storms of life have come against him and he has learned to be a “Wave” walker and look to Jesus. I want to be like him when I grow up in Jesus!!
Laura K says
My favorite family member was my mom. Somehow she took all the turmoil we had and turned it around in a loving way. No one has shown me such unconditional love as my mom. She’s gone now but I still miss her kind words of encouragement. Isn’t that what we all want in life- someone to love us unconditionally?
All the members of my family are very special but the most special one is my 2 year old great granddaughter. When they are so young, they are developing their own unique personalities and just so precious.
My favorite family member is my sister. Although we weren’t close growing up, as she was 7 yrs older, we have found deep friendship as adults. It helps to have someone close to you that has been through the same things (ie our parents), and now as adults we are learning together how to make better choices than our parents did.
Donna M says
My favorite family member is my Grandpa Honn. He passed away in 1999 and I miss him greatly. I will always remember him buying me ice cream for my birthday. He never had much money, in fact I can recall him scaping change together to pay for gas for his truck so buying me an icecream was a big deal. He reached the height of 6’7″ so to me barely 5’2″ he was always a giant but gentle in everyway. I remember cuddling on his lap on Saturdays to watch cartoons with him. Thank you for reminding me of him.
My favorite family member is my Aunt Mildred. She’s actually my great aunt, but being only 7 years older than my dad, she’s more like his sister. She’s always been my favorite relative since I was a kid. She’s got a fabulous sense of humor and a heart as big as Texas. She’s always been the caretaker of the family. When I was 6 months pregnant with my son (who’s now nearly 11), my grandmother (Mildred’s sister) passed away, and it was really hard for me. Mildred was quick to step into that role for me, and has been there ever since. She’s had her share of hardships recently – her husband passed away, she had a stroke, and has been battling breast cancer with a double mastectomy and chemotherapy just this year, but she’s remained upbeat and true to her nature. She’s my hero.
My fatherinlaw- because he gives his heart and soul and treats everyone fairly without prejudice but he really is full of love and heart- hes battling cancer right now but has found a new look on life and doesn’t ask why or ask to be pitied, he just lives each day with zest and love and courage.
A favorite family member is my ex(legally) sister-in-law. We have remained close and I consider her a best friend.
Okay, outside of my husband and children, I can narrow it down to my mom.
My parents decided late in life to have another child, so when I came along, they were entering their forties. My siblings were all teenagers, and my mother drew many stares and comments at her decision to have yet another baby (her fifth!). Being a pastor’s wife kept her very busy, but she was always there for me and my sisters and brothers. Money was always limited as well, but I never grew up feeling the lack of it.
My sisters and I agree that our mom is a saint. We can’t remember a single time she raised her voice in anger to us, and she was the ultimate godly woman, so sacrificial in her care of us, and loving us so unconditionally. She loved our friends too, and always planned extravagant birthday parties and outings to include them. At holidays, she was famous for her great party themes, and all the churches my dad pastored practically worshipped the ground she walked on.
She made some key sacrifices during my growing up years. For one thing, she homeschooled me. After putting my older siblings through the public education system and running into some hard crash-and-burn experiences, she and dad decided that big city public schools weren’t the way to go–for their family. So back in the 80’s, she went out on a limb and began homeschooling me, before it was a popular option. We moved to Austin, TX and heard about a great private school there, so in order to be able to afford my attendance there, she began working as their librarian in exchange for free tuition.
She’s always been there for me, and still is at age 73. When no one else understands, mom does. She is interested in me and my own homeschooling pursuits. When I’m sick, she’s there with homemade chicken and dumplings. She writes lovely email devotions to my siblings and me…and she tells everyone she meets about my blog, lol.
So, of course, I’m choosing to blog about my mom. I’ve got a pretty great dad and siblings too, btw!
If I had to pick a favorite family Member I would have to say my Grandmother. I’ve lived with her for like all of my life and sometimes it’s nice to just tell her some of the things going on in my life.
I can’t pinpoint a favourite family member (who can possibly have a favourite) but I would have to say that I appreciate my Dad the most. This last summer he became ill with a rare form of flesh-eating disease and, what was always a healthy middle-aged man, suddenly was fighting for his life. In the blink of an eye, it seemed, I almost lost my Dad who before that I had always taken for granted. The Dr.’s were shocked that he lived through his experience. One night while they were transporting him via Ambulance from the Hospital in our small hometown to a “big-city” Hospital the Doctor actually told my Mom and Dad that he was in shock my Dad lived through the trip and the night…he thought that he’d never see him again. So my Dad is my “favourite” and I thank God everyday that my Dad not only lived through this shocking ordeal, but that he has also restored his health enough to enjoy all his favourite pastimes.
All of my immediate family members are my faves! (hubby, and 2 daughters ages 15, 9) SO..I will choose someone from the extended family: my younger sister, Hope. She is always ready and willing to go hiking with me, we talk about the Lord together, we pray for each other and our husbands/families, we laugh together, we’ve cried together, we’re growing “old” together. Although we live in different parts of the state, we are close enough where we try to get together once a month or so. She is a wonderful aunt to my daughters and a wonderful Christian sister.
This is very hard! But thinking “outside the box” of immediate family (including hubs, kids, & mom), my fave family member is my ex-step-sister. She is awesome. We have been best friends for 24 years (since I was 12). From the time I was 17 until I was 32, we ate lunch together almost every day. We also had dinner together more nights than not. I moved away when I was 32, and though I don’t see her very often anymore, we talk on the phone at least once a day. We never run out of things to talk about, and she is the first person I think to ask for advice. She is my goto person when I can’t remember an actor, or a song, or a movie. She would definately be my life line if I ever got on “Millionaire!” Silly things make me call her, like hearing Warrant songs play over the speakers at the mall or seeing that our local grocery store calls their generic Mt. Dew “Heee Haw.” She laughs with me, cries with me, and I’m sure that when we live in proximity again (and we will!) that we will once again be “joined at the hip.”
I can’t say that I have a ‘favorite’ family member, I hate to think in those terms, but aside from my immediate family, one family member who I really enjoy spending time with is my Grandma. She moved to a different city about 8 years ago to look after her ailing mother, so I don’t get to see her as often as I’d like to. Before she moved away I would visit her at least 3 times a week just to chat. Now I call her with the same frequency. She is always able to offer me sound advice, and is a wonderful spiritual guide. I cherish the time I get to spend with her.
I would love to be entered if I’m eligible (I’m from Canada), thank you!
I would have to say my dog. She’s not very demanding, doesn’t care how I look, and is always happy to see me!
Oh, I could get in trouble for this — don’t let anyone peek over my shoulder. My favorite family member is my youngest son. He’s difficult in some ways (not too cooperative about studying) but he’s so companionable. I love being around him; we laugh a lot. Since my husband travels almost constantly, the two of us have spent a lot of time alone together, this past 7 years or so. And, I’ve loved every minute. I’m going to miss him like crazy when he goes to college. I love everyone else in my family, too; he’s just the most fun to spend time with.
This is a really hard question to answer. For me I have to favorite family members.
The first one is my 5 year old son. He is my peace, love and happiness child. He has the sweetest personality. So unpredicatable. You never know what he will say or come up with.
The second one would be my aunt we passed away 8 years ago. She was the cool aunt. Even though she was much older she was the cool aunt. you could tell her anything and she would tell you like it is. It was always a blast hanging out with her and doing things with.
I would say my mom. She is the most giving and loving person I know. If I call her and she isn’t home, I know she is volunteering somewhere, visiting someone or working in one of a numerous flowerbeds at the nursing home or her church. Since I don’t live near her, I try to be like my mom in my community. She is my role model!
If I leave my husband and 6 kids off the list then it comes down to my mom. She is my best friend and confidante. She is my source of support and answers all my questions and has been my example of what a wife and mother should be. When everyone tells me what a great mom I have my answer is always, “I know, isn’t she though!”
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This is a tough one. At first, I was going to say my Mom, because she is the strongest person I know. Then I thought of my aunt, Dell. She is my Dad’s younger sister. I lost my grandmother 8 years ago and Dell has stepped into that position in a lot of ways, because my grandmother and I were so close. I also love that Dell has had such a hard life and been judged harshly by many people, including her family, because of her lifestyle choices. She is the most forgiving and loving person and so many choose not to see that about her.
One of my favorites is my Grandpa. I was the first granddaughter in the family and my grandpa spoiled me. It was so much fun to go to the drive in movie in his old truck and watch Tammy – that was back in the early 50’s. He also bought me a hoola hoop and left me his nice bible when he died.
My favorite family member would be my niece! Why? Her and I have sooooooooo much in common and to see how far she’s come in life… just fills me with pride. She is truly my best friend!
a tough choice.. I would have to say my nephew Donald. I don’t see him very often, but he is the only nephew/niece from my family I have and other than my own hubby and children, I can see his face shine when he sees us and I can see a little piece of me in him.. knowing that he is my flesh and blood makes me love him so much more~!
outside of my dh and kids, my favorite family would of had to be my grandma who is now waiting for me at the throne! she was such an inspiration to me and probably the biggest reason I’m following Jesus 🙂
This is an easy one. I choose my Great-Aunt DeDe who turned 106 years old on Sept. 19. She is a tiny little package of sweetness and light and the only one of my family who knew Jesus and prayed for me when I was far away from Him. If I win, I will bake her a cake in this pan and we’ll enjoy it together; she may be tiny, but she can still put away the sweets! Thanks.
My favorite family is my mother. She is so many things to me, she’s my confidont, my friend, my mother. She taught me values and appreciation most of all she taught me about God. She has always made the Holidays special and given me the best memories that i can pass on to my children. I would love to be entered in your drawing.
This is easy My favorite family member would have to be my Sister. She is my very best friend one I can tell everything to and never worry if it is going to be told about. She has always been there for me .I would also love to be entered in your drawing.
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Teri Dempski, BA says
My favorite family member was my father, who passed away in February 2001. I inherited his quirky, dry sense of humor, his logic, and even his handwriting!
He may be gone in body, but his spirit still lives in me, and I think of him often. I work out some of my grown children’s problems with his advice to me, how he would handle the same situation. I miss him terribly, but know that someday I will see him again.
Please enter me in your book contest. I would love to get to know your books, they seem right up my alley!
I have one aunt who is just a blessing. She does her own thing, has her own style and is so refreshing. I have a large family, but I think she is probably my mostest favorite! Please enter me into your drawing, your books sound fabulous! Much love, Raquel XO
Shera (A Frog In My Soup) says
Choosing a favorite is truly impossible, but my very best friend (other than my hubby) is my sister Tessa!
We love to get together over mochas (made by me) and baked goods (made by her) and just chat. These times are precious for us since they are so rare! But we still try to make sure they happen every so often.
She is the mom of almost 4 and I am the mom of 6, so we are both stay at home moms who really are pretty much always home with our kids.
We cherish our memories and truly enjoy just being sisters and friends. Supporting each other in the daily trials and joys is our greatest treasure in life!!
I adore my older sister! We were so mean to each other as kids, that we were often punished by having to sit side by side without talking or fighting. Now, I don’t know what I’d do without her. We are the best of friends even though she lives over 3,000 miles away (MA to AK) and call each other often to chat about the most mundane things. We even started a blog together just to be able to share a little more of our lives!
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I would have to say my Grandpa on my moms side. He was born in Ireland, at two his mother died. His dad was a bar fighter, and couldn’t handle raising kids. My grandpa was sent to an orphanage, then put into the British army at 17.
When my mom was only two, they moved to New York & later moved to Detroit. My grandpa told wonderful stories. He had so much knowledge. Since living in a orphanage he saw terrible things, lost touch with his sisters & brothers. Led a rather terrible life. He always had such a great outlook though. Never talked about the bad. He was a great man, a true hero!
My favorite relative is my Aunt Sue, she’s younger than my mom, and we’ve always connected and enjoyed each others company. I remember she moved away from our home town with her husband when I was 12 and I cried for days, I was devastated. Now that I’m a grown up (40) we talk (email) more than ever.
My sister is my touchstone, my best friend, my confidante. She is the person who will drop everything and be at my side whenever I need her She accepts me completely for who I am and is totally nonjudgmental. I can tell her absolutely everything and know it stays with her alone. She has a fun, bubbly personality and she is like sunshine to me. I adore her.
I think my husband’s grandfather would be my favorite. He is in his 80s and still full of energy. He is always working on something to beautify their home, whether it is their garden, building a barn, working on the garage, repairing fences, etc.
He grew up in the Depression and knows how to grow and harvest delicious fruits and veggies.
He is a role model to me.
This would be a perfect gift I could make him for the holidays (bread in the shape of a pumpkin farm) 🙂
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I would have to say that my nieces are my favorite family members. They have taught me many things. Patience, love, how to be silly, how to slow down and enjoy just sitting on the lawn. They truly are the light of each day. I’m so glad I get to spend as much time with them as I do.
The cake set looks wonderfully yummy. I’d love to make this with my nieces and spend a lovely fall day eating this cake and talking a walk through the falling leaves.
Without a doubt my favorite family member is my husband. He came into my life 24 years ago and changed me completely with the love of Christ.
Through how Dave loves me, I have learned the meaning of unconditional love–a love that accepts you as you are, but cares enough to make you better than you thought you ever could be.
I’m not an easy woman to live with–I tend to push the boundaries, break the rules, think outside the box, and change moods faster than Clark Kent tranforms into Superman.
Yet through it all, he always loves me, always believes in me, rarely gets mad at me, and tries his best to understand me.
He models Christ to me daily, and I’m the better for it. Some days I’m so different from who I used to be I cannot remember who I once was–takes a lot of thought to transport me back 24 years ago.
I wouldn’t be the woman of God I am without the man of God given to me 24 years ago this last August.
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