The big number 8 is for another fab Romance line author, Susan Meier!
One of eleven children, Susan was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and continues to live there with her husband, three children and two very personable cats. Susan is an avid, but terrible golfer, and a woman who desperately wants to lean to cook without having to involve the fire department. Her 2007 goals include getting involved with blogging -- she but hopes no one is holding his or her breath waiting for that, losing fifteen pounds -- don't hold your breath on that one either -- and figuring out the financing for an ocean front condo in Virginia Beach. She swears she will wear Number 30 sun block and never subject anyone to the site of her in a bikini! (Unless asked -- and paid…handsomely.)
Susan Meier is the author of over 30 books for Harlequin and Silhouette and one of Guideposts' Grace Chapel Inn series books, The Kindness of Strangers. Her books have been finalists for Reviewers Choice Awards, National Reader's Choice Awards and Cataromance.com Reviewer's Choice Awards.
Susan sent a special message to be included in the blog...something so lovely and heartwarming I'm happy to post it for her.
When Donna put out a call for authors to join her in celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas, I answered quickly. I love Christmas! Not because of the presents…well, maybe a little…LOL…but because I love the spirit of the season.
For me "Christmas" began a little before Thanksgiving. I was tired. I’d worked since early morning, while my son slept in. It was, after all, his day off. I’ve noticed that writers don’t get days off…but that’s a blog for another day.
Anyway, Michael has a seizure disorder and doesn’t drive. When he awakened, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to go to the bank, do a little shopping and buy lunch, let’s just say I wasn’t in as festive of a mood as he was.
A dutiful mom, I put on boots and a coat and drove him to the bank and a sandwich shop and then to the discount department store to get his prescription and a few things. I sat in the car and watched him jog inside, waving to friends, yelling greetings and laughing.
I’m not really Scrooge, but I did look at him and think, it must be nice to have all that energy. Then I remembered he was going into the store to buy medication that stops his seizures but makes him tired. He fights it. He has a job that pays him a decent wage, but he still has to live with his parents. (That can’t be easy.) But he rarely complains. He makes the best of what he has.
In a few minutes, he ran out again and by this time the Salvation Army bell ringer was in place. Without hesitation, Mikie dug into his pockets and pulled out a few bills which he tossed into the pot. The bell ringer thanked him. He shrugged off the thanks and ran to the car, ready to go home and eat lunch.
In that moment I wasn’t sure if I was more proud of him or more in need of the V-8 head-thump myself. Sometimes we get so bogged down in what we perceive to be the necessities of life that we forget life’s biggest joy is giving. Not merely money, but smiles, waves, little acts of kindness.
Mikie knows how to appreciate the holiday because he doesn’t see what he’s lacking; he appreciates what he has and he turns his appreciation into action. He starts early, gives generously, loves mightily.
On that day in November, I decided to take a page from his book. I started early. I’m giving. Not just money, but time and conversation.
And I’m loving mightily. I’m looking around, seeing who needs to be loved. Who needs a smile. Who needs a prayer. Who needs someone to show him or her a simple kindness. And I’m doing those things. Even if it means going out of my way, giving up my place in the checkout line to someone who looks more tired than I am, being patient in traffic.
Celebrate the season by giving yourself the best gift of all…the gift of giving. Watch the smiles of your week double, the sincere thanks warm your heart and the love you give come back in wonderful, unexpected ways.
Susan has generously sent me a HARDCOVER copy of her Christmas release, Her Baby's First Christmas for inclusion in the box.
You can find out more about Susan and her books at http://www.susanmeier.com/.
Today's clue is Candy Cane
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