What I have learned a long the way . . .

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ten years ago, boy it doesn't seem like it has been that long ago, I found out that my daughter is gay. It happened through a process of elimination and then her actually saying it out loud. There were tears, angry, hurtful words and distance, oh the distance. At that time I was not mentally, or emotionally healthy so hearing the words I'm gay coming from my beautiful seventeen year old daughter sent me into a tailspin. What I saw was a huge letter G on her, I don't know if I even saw her at that point. I was also worried more than I should've been, what will my parents think and say, what will our friends at church say, what will everyone think?
I didn't take time to find out how she felt, what she was thinking and I hate that I didn't stop to think about her, the loneliness, and fear that she must have felt.

If I could go back in time and tell my 40 year old self what I know now, it would be . . .
Breathe! This isn't a death sentence, her dreams are just starting, it's your dreams for her that have you upset. Take time to talk to her, find out how she is feeling, what she is thinking. Don't assume you know, and don't take her behavior personally. Also, give lots of hugs, even if she pushes you away, do it anyway.

I am very thankful and blessed that now ten years later my daughter and I are closer than ever. I see every part of her, not just the one slice that is gay. She is loving, artistic, fights for injustice, cares about others, and is smart!

I have a burden that there may be other mom's who may be going through what I did ten years ago and if by sharing what I went through helps another mother and daughter then what we went through all those years ago will be worth it.

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Love Everlasting by Julie Lessman






About the book:

He sets hearts on fire.
She’s been burned by love.
Can hope survive the flames of the past?

School teacher by day, ghostwriter by night, sweet and shy Shannon O’Bryen doesn’t mind writing romance on the sly, but to live it? No, thank you, not since the man she loved turned out to be a player who broke both her heart and her spirit. Now focused more on her faith and her fiction, she vows the next time she falls in love, it will be safely—through the pages of a book.

Dr. Sam Cunningham is a charismatic player who breaks hearts as regularly as he washes his pearl-white Corvette. Abandoned as a baby, Sam was an orphan shuffled through the foster-care system, bitterly driven to prove he is worthy of love—the kind that lasts forever. Once he learns Shannon is a romance writer, he enlists her help in winning back his ex-girlfriend. She teaches him about faith and the true definition of love, and he soon discovers he’s been seeking it in the wrong place all along—and with the wrong girl. But can he convince a woman who's been burned by love to open her eyes—and her heart—to a love everlasting? 


About Julie


Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series, was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. Julie has garnered 17 RWA and other awards and made Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Her latest novel, Surprised by Love, appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014. Her indie book A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers' Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner.

You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at www.julielessman.com, or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest, as well as sign up for her newsletter. Check out Julie’s group blog, The Seekers, Writers Digest 2013 and 2014 “Best 101 Websites for Writers,” and Julie’s own personal blog, Journal Jots, voted blog of the month in the Readers’ Choice poll of Book Fun Magazine.




 
 
My Thoughts ~
 
I have been a huge fan of Julie Lessman's since I read her first book Passion Most Pure. Whether she is writing historical fiction or contemporary her fun, swoon worthy kissing scenes, witty banter between characters, and stories with heart that portray faith, hope, and true love are present from beginning to end. This story was addictive, one I didn't want to end. Julie who has been known for her historical romances is taking the contemporary romance world by storm!
This book releases TODAY and you can purchase a copy by clicking the link in my sidebar.
 

 

First Line Friday - Love Everlasting by Julie Lessman


He sets hearts on fire.
She’s been burned by love.
Can hope survive the flames of the past?

School teacher by day, ghostwriter by night, sweet and shy Shannon O’Bryen doesn’t mind writing romance on the sly, but to live it? No, thank you, not since the man she loved turned out to be a player who broke both her heart and her spirit. Now focused more on her faith and her fiction, she vows the next time she falls in love, it will be safely—through the pages of a book.

Dr. Sam Cunningham is a charismatic player who breaks hearts as regularly as he washes his pearl-white Corvette. Abandoned as a baby, Sam was an orphan shuffled through the foster-care system, bitterly driven to prove he is worthy of love—the kind that lasts forever. Once he learns Shannon is a romance writer, he enlists her help in winning back his ex-girlfriend. She teaches him about faith and the true definition of love, and he soon discovers he’s been seeking it in the wrong place all along—and with the wrong girl. But can he convince a woman who's been burned by love to open her eyes—and her heart—to a love everlasting? 


Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series, was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. Julie has garnered 17 RWA and other awards and made Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Her latest novel, Surprised by Love, appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014. Her indie book A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers' Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner.

You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at www.julielessman.com, or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest, as well as sign up for her newsletter. Check out Julie’s group blog, The Seekers, Writers Digest 2013 and 2014 “Best 101 Websites for Writers,” and Julie’s own personal blog, Journal Jots, voted blog of the month in the Readers’ Choice poll of Book Fun Magazine.



First Line:
“Okay, smile pretty—hot guys at three o’clock.”

A link for this book is in my sidebar. You can buy it today, as it releases TODAY!!!
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