The Winner of Lorraine Beatty’s prize package is Melanie Atkins Congratulations, Melanie. Now, on to Winnie’s Christmas memory.
On the first Sunday after we’d put our tree up, while we were still dressed in our ‘church clothes’ I’d get everyone together to pose for a family picture beside the tree. It was always a big production. Hubby would get out the camera and tripod and fuss over getting it focused properly. Meanwhile I would try to settle the kids into appropriate poses – and with four youngsters there was ALWAYS at least one who was not happy about the whole thing. But I was determined to get the shot which means I have many shots with an obviously grumpy child in the mix. In those days there were no digital cameras so you had to take a bunch of shots and hope and pray ONE of them would come out ok. By the time it was done, I was pulling my hair out and wondering if it had real been worth the effort.
My kids are grown now and we no longer take those pictures in front of the tree. And funny thing is, when I look at those pictures, I don’t think of the stress and frustration, instead I remember those sessions with my young family with fond nostalgia.
An Unexpected Gift
Eve Pickering knows what it’s like to be judged for your past. So she’s not about to leave the orphaned boy she’s befriended alone in this unfamiliar Texas town. Since Chance Dawson’s offer of shelter is the only way to look after Leo, Eve is determined they’ll have a warm, welcoming home for the holidays.
Chance came from the big city to make it on his own despite a painful secret. But Eve’s strength is giving him a confidence he never expected—and a new direction for his dream. With a little Christmas blessing, he’ll dare to win her heart—and make their family one for a lifetime.
Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. Having been born on a Friday the 13th, Winnie has always considered 13 her lucky number. This belief was recently reinforced when her 13th published book, Handpicked Husband, won a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award last spring.
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