When I was a little girl I dreamed of a Victorian parlor. Don’t ask me why, but I’m sure I conjured up a picture in my mind based on old movies that I watched or books that I read. Wherever it came from, I was hooked for life by a vivid image that at some point I shared with my husband Bill.
When I entered my second trimester with our youngest daughter, we were in the process of finishing our dream home on our acreage. We built our house with our own hands, sweat, and sacrifice. At the time, we were living in the unfinished basement. The upstairs bedrooms and bath were complete, but we did our eating and TV viewing inside concrete walls.
The living room-slash-parlor on the main floor of the house lay waiting for furnishings, with a fireplace made of salvaged brick we had cleaned, and a shiny new reddish-stained floor of yellow pine. Bill asked, “Would you like to start with a loveseat?”
“I think a loveseat would be a perfect Valentine’s gift.”
Bill surprised me with much more than a loveseat. He hit a close-out sale and brought home a truck load of furniture. The piece that stole my breath was a full-size Kimball Victorian burgundy velvet sofa. The floral loveseat and matching chair complemented the sofa. We not only had places to sit, but several table tops to set things. Included in the package were a marble-topped mahogany coffee table, two end tables, and a plant stand. All pieces were Victorian Reproductions from Montgomery, Alabama, embellished with hand-carved roses.
I was in Victorian heaven, and soon found myself latching on to anything decorative in the Victorian theme. I collected items trimmed in roses, hearts, lace, doilies, cherubs, glass and porcelain slippers, books and magazines on Victoriana, and Valentine replicas. I made a crazy quilt of velvets, laces, and crocheted doilies, all edged in antique embroidery floss.
Sad to say, a few years back, my Victorian parlor gave way to a much more livable area, complete with cushiony leather instead of seats that grew uncomfortable after a short time. We kept all the tables and some of the frilly goodies still grace the table tops.
Bill continues to surprise me with occasional gifts, and always a Valentine of some kind. But nothing has topped the fulfillment of my dream Victorian parlor, where walking into that room replicated romance of long ago.
Thank you for sharing about your perfect Valentine's gift. My mom loves the Victorian style as well and I like that style mixed with some modern touches...so I can relate to your love of things Victorian.
I have fulfilled a dream that turned into God’s use of words to hopefully point readers toward seeking His will.
Sounds like a wonderful reason to me. I've read your book, Rainn on my Parade and enjoyed it and loved the message you got across to readers. What’s your favorite novel?
The one that I’m reading, especially if it involves “people” seeking God’s path for their lives.
What was the happiest moment in your childhood?
I can’t pinpoint an actual moment, but two places come to mind. The hours I spent walking on the pasture hills, and the summer we lived in town when I got lost in the world of library books.
I always loved spending time at the library...many fond memories of reading great books growing up.
A lifelong Nebraskan, I've lived most of my life in the country, where I feel grounded in my sense of place. I learned to read when I was four and have devoured books since. I value one-on-one time with my grandchildren and love time spent with other writers.
I cling to the word overcomer and the knowledge I have victory in Jesus. When I consider being set apart as a child of God, I'm humbled. I feel closest to the Lord when I worship through singing. And one thing I'm sure of: “Jesus loves me, this I know. And He will never let me go.”
So awesome to stand firm in your faith and want to share that with others as a living testimony. I love the cover art for your newest book and am excited to read it!
Diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating illness, Lanae Petersen vows to pursue life to its fullest. When she discovers mysterious love letters hidden within an antique desk, she begins a quest to discover who the young lovers were. Little does she realize that in trying to bring closure to their lives, hers will be turned upside-down.
After the death of his wife, cowboy Sage Diamond wants to be left alone on his acreage in peace and anonymity. When Lanae approaches him with letters to a family member, she not only threatens to expose his family secrets, but also stirs something inside him that he neither expects, nor welcomes. Sage fights his attraction, determined not to fall for a woman whose health is so fragile. Can Sage trust God's guiding hand, or will his fear of losing another love crush his chance for a future with Lanae?
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