The Winner of Jolene Navarro’s prize package is Angela Chestnut. Congratulations, Angela. Now, on to Patricia’s Christmas memory.
My favorite Christmas memory happened long, long ago in Groton, Connecticut. I was facing the most depressing Christmas of my young life. My sailor husband was deployed on his submarine, and I was fifteen hundred miles away from my close-knit family in Kansas. Only the presence of my beautiful baby daughter allowed me to find joy in my situation. I put my 7 month old in her backpack carrier and went to a local Christmas tree farm. I picked out a beautiful small tree, but I didn’t have the money for ornaments. I settled for a cheap string of colored lights, popcorn strands, a few handmade paper stars and tinsel. It filled my lonely little apartment with the wonderful fragrance and feel of the holidays. Then, wonder of wonders, I got a call from my husband. His submarine had come in for unexpected repairs and he would have a twenty-four hour leave, on Christmas Eve. You can’t imagine how happy I was as I cuddled up beside him on our sofa with the baby in my arms and our Christmas tree twinkling in the corner of the room. My lonely Christmas had turned into a very blessed Christmas, indeed.
One minute, Caleb Mast is an oil-rig roughneck who answers to no one but himself. The next, he’s the father of a special-needs child he never knew existed. What kind of home can a man like him—without faith or community—provide for an eight-year-old girl? For little Joy’s sake, Caleb returns to the Amish community he left behind years ago. His daughter bonds with Amish schoolteacher Leah Belier, and Caleb feels hopeful for once. But Leah blames Caleb for dashing long-ago dreams and can’t bear to trust him. With Christmas weeks away, one special girl just may bring two hearts—and an entire community—together.
Patricia is giving away two copies of Amish Christmas Joy and an ornament.
Patricia Davids was born and raised in central Kansas. Her career as a nurse spanned 40 years, most of that in the NICU, a true place of miracles. Now, she’s a full time writer. She enjoys traveling, but she loves spending time with her daughter, her grandchildren and one overgrown yellow Lab named Sadie, who thinks fetch is a game to be played day and night. When not on the road or throwing a ball, Pat is happily dreaming up new stories.
*To be eligible for Patricia’s presents, you must leave a comment and live within the Continental United States. Winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will be notified Dec 4, and posted on the sidebar as well.