The Winner of Margaret’s prize is Susan Johnson. Congratulations, Susan! Now, on to Carol’s Christmas memory.
Several years ago, my parents, my sister and brother-in-law, and my husband and I went in together on a 100-year-old log cabin on 12 acres in the North Carolina mountains. After a couple of trips up from Florida to make it almost livable (replaced leaky roof, fixed septic system so toilets would flush, etc.), we decided to all spend Christmas up there. The cabin had no heat, and we couldn’t build a fire in the fireplace, because the chimney had toppled years earlier. So we tried our best to keep warm by the wood-burning stove we had installed on one of our previous trips.
Instead of buying gifts for each other, we decided we would all buy a little something for the cabin. My gift was a big electric griddle, which my husband immediately put to good use making pancakes. Then came time to find a tree. We figured surely on 12 acres, there would be a perfect Christmas tree. We soon discovered that although the property has lots of evergreens, they’re not the “Christmas tree” kind. We did finally settle on a little evergreen that epitomized the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. The poor thing was so droopy, it wouldn’t support the lights and decorations, so we tied it to the rafters to keep it upright. With such a rustic setting, it seemed fitting to make some of the decorations, which included stringing popcorn and holly berries. After about two hours, we had a six-foot-long strand finished and piles of broken up popcorn on the floor.
That first Christmas at the cabin, our surroundings weren’t fancy and we didn’t have a lot of the comforts of home, but it ended up being one of the most memorable Christmases I’ve ever celebrated. In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to forget the real meaning of Christmas. We get so focused on finding the perfect gift for everyone on our list and running here and there at such a frantic pace we meet ourselves coming and going. It’s nice when we can just slow down, simplify and focus on Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of all.
Melissa Langston can take care of herself, so when she learns she is being stalked, the last thing she wants is help from her police detective ex-fiance. But Chris Jamison is sworn to defend and protect and can’t walk away from a woman in distress, even if said woman broke his heart. As the threats intensify and Melissa beings to question her own sanity, Chris finds himself fighting for her life…and her love.
From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol’s resume reads as if she doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love for writing. She started as a child writing poetry for family and friends, then graduated to articles which actually made it into some religious and children’s publications. Several years ago (more than she’s willing to admit), she penned her first novel. Her debut book, Midnight Shadows, was published by Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense in January of this year, with her second and third to be released this coming February and June.
Carol is giving away this beautiful mirrored ornament and a copy of her book Midnight Shadows.
Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband of thirty-three years, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano and holds the position of church treasurer. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of three fat and sassy cats and one highly spoiled dog.
*To be eligible for Carol’s book an ornament, 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 18 and posted on the sidebar as well.