Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Giveaway - Footprints on the Ceiling

Most days I don't feel much over 20. 

And even if I want to forget that I'm near 40, my children remind me.

Yesterday my daughter said, "Mom, your hair is not turning gray. It is turning white. Because that is what happens when you are old."

Well, if I am becoming old, I decided I better hang around women who are aging gracefully. Like Dorcas Smucker.

In Dorcas' newest book, Footprints on the Ceiling, she writes about the wonderful things about turning fifty including "seeing the end of the story."

And in this volume Dorcas delights us with stories. Stories of how she wrote off romance - until her footprint on the ceiling of the seed warehouse caught the eye of her future husband. Stories of teaching Grandma to send an email and a daughter to make an apple crisp.  Stories of a mother's botched Christmas plans complete with a yowling stray cat which turn out with a good ending after all.

And that is just the first three chapters.

Dorcas has that gift of seeing stories in every day happenings. And even better she sees redemption and second chances in those stories. Not every story ends with "happily ever after" but all end with the hope of seven miles of daffodils that bloom long after the death of the one who planted the bulbs. I read Footprints on the Ceiling laughing at the craziness (and interrupting Ed's book to read to him about Grandma and the Media), crying at the tender spots, and nodding as Dorcas gives a dose of encouragement.

If  you have read Dorcas' other books  Ordinary Days, Upstairs the Peasants are Revolting, Downstairs the Queen is Knitting, and Tea Cups and Trouble Brewing,  you have followed her through motherhood. In Footprints on the Ceiling, her six children are spreading their wings and moving out into the world on their own.

And since I still claim to be a younger woman - a few bends in the road behind Dorcas, I took note of her tips on parenting - teaching a daughter how to recover a blueberry muffin disaster, learning that digging through garbage might not be the best way to fix problems, and keeping connections strong when a son chooses a different path.

As Dorcas says, "I've learned to be relieved when the cookies taste awful and the car runs out of gas. It means my husband and I have managed, for the moment, to set the boundaries where our teenagers are making choices for themselves but he consequences are still manageable."

As her children grow up, Dorcas' parents are aging. She records stories from her heritage such as washing your face in dew on the first day of May. She discovers she is like her mother in the blackberry patch - and in noticing the outcasts. She sits in the ICU and considers the dividends on the long term investment of raising children.

Dorcas grew up Amish and is now the wife of a Mennonite minister in Oregon. Recently my sister-in-law  gave one of Dorcas' books to a friend who thought she understood the Mennonites and Amish by reading Amish novels. (She didn't.)  Dorcas' books are human and real and a far better glimpse of true life than a novel. From every day life in Oregon to travels to Jamaica and Thailand, Dorcas gives me hope that fifty can indeed be wonderful.

Learn more about Dorcas at her blog Life in the Shoe,

And now the good news.

I have a signed copy of Footprints on the Ceiling for one of you. Let a comment below (if you are reading this by email, click on over to Home Joys to let the comment) to enter the giveaway. If you want, you can share a brief story of how you met your husband (even if it was not with a footprint on the ceiling). Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you.

Dorcas gave me a review copy of her book but all the opinions on this post are my own. I will never recommend a book that I do not truly enjoy.

 
Footprints on the Ceiling is available for $15 per book, postage included.  You can mail a check to Dorcas Smucker, 31148 Substation Drive, Harrisburg, OR 97446.  US addresses only.  To send a copy to Canada or overseas, email Dorcas at dorcassmucker@gmail.com


Giveaway will be open for one week and is for US residents. Winner chosen by Random.org.

Post contains affiliate links.

106 comments :

  1. Hi Gina! I am new to your blog, and I love it! I would love to win a copy of that book, your description of it was fantastic! To answer the question of how I met my husband, we met online 15 years ago. I know that a lot of marriages of people who met online don't last, but with God's guidance, we are the exception!!

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  2. I met my husband at church as a teenager. That was 27 years ago. Wow.

    I've read just one of Dorcas books--Tea and Trouble Brewing--and have been hooked on her blog ever since.

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  3. I would love to win! maryannshouse at gmail dot com

    Thanks!

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  4. Well, I met my husband at church, of course! I was a single, young woman who had been attending a new church for about 6 months. I had not noticed Curt because I was so soul hungry for the best Bible teaching I had ever had in my life. Meanwhile, he had noticed me, but would not ask me out until he found out if I was older than him. Back in the day (38 years ago) we put our full birth dates on Sunday school rosters. He was so relieved and encouraged to know that he was a full 3 months older than me. So, now to get up his courage to follow me across the street to my house and ask me out. He chicken out the first week, but the next week, even though he vomited than morning from nervousness, he followed through and..........as they say, the rest in history.
    How many of you gals have had a guy vomit over nervousness to date you? Wow, am I special or what.
    Ha, Ha!
    The book sounds delightful!

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  5. I really enjoy Dorcas Smucker! She reminds me of my own mother in her candid way of relating to teenagers!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway! I met my husband when he came to work as a hired hand on our farm. Best guy my Dad could hire ;)

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  7. I thought I did leave a comment. I drove a horse and buggy until I was 30. Now this newfangled puter stuff is driving me buggy!

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  8. My husband and I met when I stayed at his parent's place for a Bible school his church was hosting. About six years later, we married and are now living happily ever after. :) Great job on the book review...I need one whether or not I win the drawing!

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  9. Hi Gina! Thanks for sharing such great reads! This one looks really good! My husband and I met 20 years ago at a Christmas gathering when I was 13 and he, 17. He was working with the horses, giving sleigh rides. We got to chatting and our friendship developed from there. We have now been married for 10 years and have witnessed God's faithfulness through the good and not-so-good times. I pray that you have a blessed Thanksgiving week!

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  10. I enjoy reading both your blog and Dorcas' blog but I have yet to read one of her books. My husband and I met while we were both in service at Hillcrest Home in AR. My email is joyfully83@yahoo.com.

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  11. Footprints on the ceiling sounds like a very good book to read. My husband, Timothy and I met at church. I was a young widow and needed help moving into a new home and he came to offer his help. He's been my knight in shining armor ever since.

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  12. I was the blessed winner of a Home Joys book give-away a couple of years ago, so please don't enter me in this time, in this WONDERFUL book give-away!..I do want to comment though, and just double-endorse Ms, Dorcas, Life in the Shoe and all of her absolutely delightful books!! This year I'm going to send a copy of Footprints on the Ceiling to a friend for Christmas! I originally found Life In The Shoe through your blog, Ms, Gina, and thank you so very much! Get your entry in, ladies!! (( smiling ))

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  13. I'm not sure what happened to my first comment, so if this is a duplicate I'm sorry.

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  14. Am I still eligible even if I have no story of how I met my husband (since I'm still single)? Because, I would love to win the book!

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  15. HI! Even though we grew up two miles from each other all our lives it took two years of teaching at the same school (and to top it off that first year we didn't really like each other!) for God to work in our hearts and light the flame of love and here we are seven years later with three beautiful daughters! Would love to read this book!

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  16. I met my wonderful husband at Faith Mission Home. Turns out he was way better that my first impressions of him! =)

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  17. I have Dorcas' other books and so appreciate her willingness to be real through her writings; she lets me know that a "perfect" ending isn't always the way life's stories are written. Thanks for this opportunity to add to my collection!

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  18. I love reading Dorcas Smuckers books!

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  19. Would love to see a copy of this book. Coping with a seriously ill husband and advancing age myself; I could use a dose of hope and encouragement! Thanks for your lovely blog.

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  20. I had her books checked out of our home school library longer ago and never got them read. You have made them sound very interesting and I plan to go check them out a second time and read them. I am in my 50's and can relate to Dorcas rather then being several bends behind. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Marinda Ebersole

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  21. I am grateful for your excellent book reviews, Gina! :-) And my dear husband & I met through our church youth groups...not quite as unique as footprints on a ceiling, but perfect for us!

    ~Eunice
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  22. How I would enjoy this book. I've never read any of her books! I have been following her blog for a couple of years now, though. How did I meet my husband? In brief, I grew up in Pa, went to MS for a wedding, met him and was IMPRESSED, went home, came back a year later to teach in our church school here, in the same community Dorcas' younger sister Margaret came to teach in a different Mennonite school around the same time! Obviously, our paths crossed again, we had lots of fun being in the same youth group, our feelings both gradually became mutual and, short version, a few years later we became husband and wife! I've never regretted meeting him!! :-))

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  23. My brother married my Hubby's sister!:) I have all of Dorcas' books, sure would enjoy reading this one!

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  24. My husband and I meet when we both were teaching school in NYC.

    missweaver82atyahoodotcom

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  25. I met my husband at Kmart! We were inside, not sitting in the parking lot. I would love to read this book, because I need to know about children choosing a different path. I have two prodigal daughters.

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  26. I met my husband in a class at school. To this day, I thank God that I chose to take that class!

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  27. I met my husband at a buffalo wing restaurant through my friend. That day changed my life forever! :) I have heard so much about Dorcas' books and I would love to have one of her books! :)

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  28. I met my husband at Hillcrest Home in Arkansas. I was determined to not date while in VS, but he made me eat my words.
    wadeandus@yahoodotcom

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  29. I met my husband 43 years ago in an 8th grade literature class. His blue shirt matched his blue eyes and that was IT, people! =) We've been married for 36 years, have five children and 12 smart and beautiful grandchildren. =) I'd love to win a book. Email: suzyquekau@aol.com

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  30. @ Kim, my husband vomited with nervousness over the time he asked me out as well :) Our relationship was a little nerve-wracking for both of us though... we met one time at a volleyball tournament, he asked me out 3 weeks later, 3 days before I left for a term of service in Canada and from there I was committed to a school year in Haiti. So we dated for 3 no before we had an actual date face to face... and real live dates were few and far between after that. He proposed to me 6 mo later, on our 5th actual date. Needless to say, marriage was wonderful- we got to see each other every.single.day.
    I would love to win this book for my mother-in-law (I would read it first, though :)

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    1. I bought Dorcas' first three books for my mother and her two remaining sisters, but read all three before I gave them away! :) seems we are of like mind!
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  31. I enjoy all of Dorcas Smucker's books and would love to win this one! =)

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  32. Hi. I met my husband at a wedding.His brother married a good friend of mine.
    Kim G.

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  33. Ordinary Days was a great read! I'd love to read this one, too!

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  34. I followed my husband through grade school (he was 3 ahead of me), then we went to youth group together. tb0969 (at) gmail.com

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  35. My husband and I met while attending Bible school in Arkansas. I enjoy reading Dorcas's books, they are all so down to earth and real life.
    amamast88@gmail.com

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  36. I enjoy writing and find Dorcas' style very refreshing. Renita G

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  37. I have Dorcas' other books and have given several as gifts. Love each and every one of them! My husband and I met when we were both singing in our local youth chorus way back in PA!! Celebrating 31 good years together! ncgood83@gmail.com ~Charlotte Good

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  38. Hi I'm Jolene Diller, I enjoy your blog! I would be very excited to read another book by Dorcas. Her writing is great, she has you in tears one minute and laughing the next! :! kjdiller02@gmail.com

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  39. I have read AND enjoyed all of Dorcas' other books. She is one of my favorite authors and I would love to win this book.
    -Sonya, smartin@tree-movers.net

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  40. My husband and I met on a july 4th. Celebrating 34 years of marriage. Knichols@kuhncom.net

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    1. So did my husband and I! July 4, 1998!
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  41. I love her writings! I'd love to win this book. :)

    mlou(dot)hersh(at)gmail.com

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  42. Dorcas is such a good writer. I would love this book!!! Natalie
    burtndeb at juno dot com

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  43. This book sounds interesting. I found your blog in the last several months and have been enjoying it. I have tried a couple of your canned soup recipes. We are really enjoying them. My husband and I grew up going to the same church and have been married 10 years.
    Sara
    hsglueck@frontier.com

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  44. Don't Have a husband. Can I still enter to win this book? misshostetler at yahoo dot com

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  45. Can't wait to read this book! My hubby and I meet way back at the age of 12 or so thru a home school co-op. Graduated together and eventually got married a couple years later.
    Dorcas Siegrist

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  46. I am single and don't have a match making story, but hopefully I still qualify for Dorcas' book. I love her stories!
    Glenda @ glendafayemiller@juno.com

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  47. I am 40, and have a passel of children (10 to be exact) and this sounds like a book I could learn a lot from. Dorcas sounds like a wonderful woman, and I will be looking up her other books...

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  48. This sounds like a wonderful book! My husband and I met when we were young teens at Vacation Bible school at our local church. We weren't that interested in each other for a few years but eventually got together and have been married 37 years.

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  49. My husband and I basically grew up together from about 12 up. We liked each other pretty young and I always told myself I'll never marry him because, well, most times, school crushes don't turn into marriages but through stages of purifying we actually did get together and I love to say, I married the one I always wanted and have never once regretted it! :) We celebrated 10 yrs this year! I love dorcas' books and would love to win. If I don't I definitely will still be buying it! :)

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  50. I love your newsletter and almost feel like your family is my family. I was 60 when I met my husband 6 years ago, we've been married 5 years and I cannot imagine life without him. Thank you for allowing me to enter the drawing. Michelle Guadarrama. Michellesews@yahoo.com

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  51. I would love to win this book! My husband and I met at work (I was in the factory, he was the accountant that gave me my check every two weeks). Our first date was the first LOTR movie, and by the time the second movie came out the following winter, we were married! :-) fyrefairymomma@yahoo.com

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  52. I can't wait to read her books. Sounds like things I need to learn to do gracefully. My hubby and I met at Bible School and just happened to attend the same term the next year too. We started dating then. We actually enjoyed writing letters and having the fun of them coming in the mail. We've been married 18 yrs. now. conlyn96atgmail.com


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  53. We first met in Sunday school as kids, but my family moved away & there were no lasting impressions made...our paths crossed through the teenage years & wouldn't you know he moved into my area in V.S. & that's when we really got to know one another. glenn(dot)rach(at)verizon(dot)net

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  54. Hi Gina, I've pretty much been a silent follower for quite some time, but do enjoy your blog and encouraging posts.
    My husband and I started to court it April 2003 and married in July 2003. :)
    I haven't read any of Dorcas Smucker's books, but it sounds like an encouraging read! Thanks for the opportunity. kenandcarie@dirksfarms.com
    In Christ,
    Carie

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  55. I love reading her books. I don't have a husband so can't tell you any story about how I met him.

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  56. I read her blog every now and then. Would love to read one of her books!
    Lorenda
    lorendak@centurylink.net

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  57. Hi Gina, I met my husband in the youth group, I could not remember his name for about the first month. But then it stuck. So glad it did! We are married 15 years and I would say they have been wonderful. I have read some of Dorcas's books and would love to read this one as well. Crystal
    bzeiset195@comcast.net

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  58. I don't see that my post posted so I guess I'll try again. You can delete one if it comes twice. My husband and I met in Poland while I was there teaching English. He was there to visit his brother. We dated a short spell, broke up and got back together four and a half years later. I love Dorcas' style of writing and would love to have this book, be it winning or buying. eaglesnest1209 at gmail dot com -Alison Hershberger

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  59. Hi! My hubby n I met at a 'shoe factory'. (Bible School ;-) Went there to get our
    souls worked on, became a pair, n tied the knot just over 10 1/2 yrs ago! Thanks for the chance of winning this book! I do live outta country, but have a US box. R you ok with that?

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  60. Would love to read her book. Mjdueck79@gmail.com

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  61. I met my husband because his brother was dating my good friend. Only problem was he didn't know I was just 17 and he was almost 23! I would love to read her book.

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  62. I was from a city mission, and a group of young people came to help with VBS for the week. We taught together in the same class. We didn't see much of each other for 3 years and finally he DID come around seeking friendship!! I was impressed with him the first week so it wasn't hard to make the decision=) WOW, 10 years surely flies. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  63. ...and my email is goodandhealthycooking@gmail.com

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  64. I love Dorcas... in fact I was on this blog tour last year. Her books are great!!

    My hubby and I met through eHarm*ny...almost ten years ago! Such a wonderful way of God's Sovereignty in us coming together- who would have ever thunk it to be so! :)
    It's been wonderful! God is so good!

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  65. Got any books about someone turning seventy? LOL :)

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  66. :( I wish your giveaways were open to Canadian residents! Maybe, if someday this can be changed... my email is alittlelovedrop at gmail dot com :) I met my husband before I was saved, in our military quarters. I was listening to music loudly, and he knocked on the door and asked if I was having a party in my room, to which I replied, "no..........." *awkward silence* After that, he wouldn't leave me alone, lol. That was seven years ago, my goodness! A lot has happened since then!

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  67. I love Dorcas's writings and would love to win this book! My husband of 30 years met at MBS in Minnesota back in 1981. Someone else asked me first but I wasn't interested and I'm glad I wasn't!
    twilaburkholder@gmail.com

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  68. A good book? Would love to read it! Love story? VS...a friend said "He'd be a good one" I replied, "I don't think so!!" God let me have a year to figure out that He agreed with my friend. So glad He did. I am closer on the road to Dorcas than you, Gina. I'm sure I could learn a thing or 2 or 30...Barb ocker792@gmail.com

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  69. My husband and I have been married not quite 8 yrs. now. We met first a Bible School but there was not attraction there. Then we ended up going to the same place for VS and 13 months after our first date we were married. This book sounds really interesting! juspeachey@dejazzd.com

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  70. Hi Gina. I met my husband when I was 15 and a soph in high school. He was a senior and 19. My parents almost didn't let me date him because of the age difference. He was so respectful and sweet. He won my parents over. He graduated that same year and went into the Navy and I of course finished school. My dream was to always be a wife and mommy. We married in Sept of the year I graduated. We have 3 beautiful children and 4 beautiful grands. This year we celebrated our 50th Anniversary!! God has allowed us to "grow-up and grow-old" together! It hasn't always been easy but with God's grace we have gotten through the difficult times. We are still looking to Him for guidance and direction in our "Golden Years." I would like very much to win the book and share with my youngest daughter that is raising two youngins'. Thank you for the opportunity to share a little of my life with you. Judy~~jube721@yahoo.com :)

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  71. Back in my early twenties I had a two-year commitment working as a secretary at the American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. One day a tall, handsome guy whom I had seen around the embassy (but did not know yet) had occasion to walk into my office. He saw the birthday card I had just received from my parents standing upright on my desk and asked, "Is it your birthday?" When I told him that it had been yesterday, he said, "Well, happy birthday--mine's tomorrow." We both laughed and that broke the ice and started a long chain of life-changing events. We also saw each other at the "church for foreigners" which met in the pastor's home in Kabul. Our first date was a ride in a big Land Rover jeep over a rocky, bumpy, dusty dirt road up to a mountain village where we shared our picnic lunch of fried chicken with some very hungry yellow jackets. It turned out that I was from Idaho and he was from Oregon. In a few months I was due to complete my duties there in December of 1960 and return to Idaho, and he to Oregon in January 1961. We were both Christians, both farm "kids", by then both in the second half of our twenties, and in retrospect could see the Lord's sovereign hand in all the details of bringing us together. We've been married fifty-two years and are still laughing and celebrating our birthdays together. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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  72. I would love to win the book. But you are going to have a hard decision, many good posts. I met my husband in a corn stand in 1974. He happened to be the assistant teacher for the Agriculture dept. His job was to teach the students how to operate the farm equipment safely. I first saw him when he happened to be dumping a skip loader bucket full of fresh picked corn into the front of the stand I was working in . Our job was to bag the corn for sale to the public.
    When I got home that day, I told my mom, "today I met the man I'm going to marry ". She laughed and said "Oh really ". We married in 1976. 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild later, here we are. Things have not all been smooth sailing. I guess that's what makes you appreciate the good times all the more. The present generation does not realize the hard work involved in marriage. When things get too hard, its time to move on. Unfortunately its the children that pay the price. Sorry for the sermon.
    Debbie in California

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  73. My husband and I met when our families both moved to the same church, and we attended the same school. (Different rooms.) No lasting impressions until a few years later. :) We've celebrated our 17th anniversary last July. Time flies when you're living with your best friend!

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  74. My husband and I met at University. I was in a vocal music program and he was doing his Masters of Mathematics. He sat in the bass section at the back of the choir and I, in the soprano section, in front. The rest...history. The book giveaway...I'm turning 50 in a couple weeks and for the first time in my life I think I am dreading that number. 5 children--homeschooled, grown-up and spread all over Canada and the US---my close family is not so close anymore. I have joined the work force and I think I am second guessing my whole existence. The book may be a pick-me-up. Would love to read it. bpwillms@videotron.ca Thanks Patti Willms

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  75. Husband and i met when he moved to my area to teach school.. funny enough i left about the same time to volunteer at Faith Mission Home. Every time i came around he was... around! We fell in love and were married about 2 years after the first time we met. Would love to read Dorcas's book!!

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  76. I left the comforts of home close to a popular Bible Institute where I knew I would meet my future husband, and moved to a church plant in the sticks of northern PA where there wasn't even a youth group, just 3 other youth. I have a journal entry from that time relinquishing all rights to get married. And God must have smiled, because my husband and I still live here, after 20 wonderful years together! I too interrupt my husband's reading with laughter, tears, and reading aloud while reading Dorcas' blog and books!! Regina Martin rodnjeanie@verizon.net

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  77. This looks like a book that would be great to read! mrslehigh98@gmail.com

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  78. I would love to read Dorcas Book they sound wonderful I love reading about the Amish. thanks

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  79. I shouldn't win this one because I'm not married to a guy.
    I feel so excluded.

    My wife met me for a date letting the paramedic students give us IV sticks in the hand for practice. After that we started off visiting water falls and eating lots of pie. We've been happily married ever since.
    We know Mrs Smucker since we go to her church but didn't know she wrote books.

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  80. Aaahhh! A book by one of my favorite bloggers... given away by another of my favorite bloggers!!

    My husband and I met at a youth rally - they still have those in the churches of Christ - introduced by a mutual friend that had been on youth puppet teams with each of us, but in separate cities.

    I do love reading about the Amish, but would never claim any real expertise on the subject. Did love the book, "Almost Amish". My folks are friends with the German Baptist community; my biggest faux pas so far was to refer to one of them, to her face, as Mennonite. Oops... had to go home and do some research after that one.

    My neighbors thought we were Amish when we moved in, because we have more than two children, and I bake and can. The minivan, tractor and blue jeans apparently weren't considered clues.

    Will stop now before I possibly offend further... I would sign in via Wordpress, but it doesn't like me for some reason!

    Carmen

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  81. I met my husband at a wedding in VA. We ended up needing to ride back to a campsite together and got lost in the mountains for 2 1/2 hours, thanks to a faulty GPS. We've been driving around together quite happily ever since!

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  82. My husband and I met at youth group and I waited 2 long years for him to ask me out! We are married 9 1/2 years and have 3 children.

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  83. My Husband and I met at Faith Mission Home and recently celebrated our 30th anniversary. Would love to be the winner of this book. Janet jameshetler84@gmail.com

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  84. We went to school together, but then didn't see much of one another until being in youth group together...the attraction grew...we dated, got married, and have spent 11 wonderful years together! Sounds like a book I'd love to read! edandmim@gmail.com

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  85. We met at church when I was 9 and he was 18, but I don't think he noticed me until about 10 years later! Peasantglory@gmail.com

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  86. I met my husband when he moved down south to work for his cousin and attended the same church as I did. His temporary work became long-term. He never did move back to his home area! I enjoy reading Dorcas' books! Her writings are down-to-earth and I can identify with so many of her stories.

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  87. I'd love a good book any day! I met my spouse doing volunteer work. It definitely wasn't in MY plans, but, I can't say I'm sorry it happened! I'm happy to call him my Husband for 18 years! Thanks for your inspirational writings. 7happylappys@gmail.com

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  88. We met when we were in a bridal party together, at his brother and my friend's wedding... By the end of that day spent with him, I was quite impressed! He was different than most guys I knew... I kept giving him into the Lord's hands until 9 mo. later when he blew me away by calling me and asking me for my friendship!

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  89. I would love a chance to win this book. Thanks. Janelle
    turnercreek507@yahoo.com

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  90. I have already won this book on the blog tour and so Please DO NOT enter me in your drawing...lets be fair. That said you are why I'm still following the blog tour.
    1-your writing is clear and enjoyable (I'll check out more of your blog when I'm finished here).
    2-you came up with a creative and interesting way to get your readers to interact. I have enjoyed reading all the "how we met" stories.
    Now mine:
    I met my husband in HS and knew who he was only the next year his younger sister came to HS and my younger brother introduced me to her. She said her brother didn't want her to bug him at school. I paid a little more attention to him, though maybe not positive attention. He graduated in Jan and went into the Navy and his sister encouraged me to correspond with him while he was away. We dated a bit until he was stationed in Japan. I married someone else at a time when I had turned my back on God and that husband left me with 2 kids. This husband kept in touch through his sisters, who encourage he and I to get together. We married, he helped me raise those two children who have brought us 6 grandchildren. He also encouraged me to be ME and is supporting me thought my fight with breast cancer. God game me a better choice than my own and I thank Him.
    Thank you for getting all of us to share our stories!
    Tabitha

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  91. My husband and I met at Camp Joy-El, some 24 years ago. I'd love to read this book. The author sounds like a great storyteller! mbmusser@centurylink.net

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  92. My family could use this book, I really could use some encouragement. My husband and I met 10 years ago in class. Thank you

    Athornoton@rocketmail.com

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  93. I really enjoy reading your blog even though I am at a different stage in life with older children. I met my husband at church. The book sounds really interesting. Would love to read it. Elaine, melehigh@gmail.com

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  94. This book sounds wonderful...please enter my name!
    ~mamabeanof4

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  95. I believe I've read every one of Dorcas' books, and would be ever so happy to win this one :) -Debbie H

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  96. Oops, I forgot to add my email address. It's debra.hershey@gmail.com. - Debbie H

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  97. maybe I'm too late...but I'd love to read one of her books. randyandlinette@aol.com

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  98. love Dorcas' stories! I've read all her previous books and would love to read this one as well. Your review was excellent, too :)

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