Happy Friday, Hearties! Welcome to yet another, and very special installment of #FriendshipFriday. This is a different one than all the others you’ve seen so far. Fair warning, this one is very near and dear to all of our hearts, so there might be a few emotions. Be prepared, it’s a REAL flashback. It’s the deep and abiding friendship between Jack Thornton and Leland Coulter.

First of all, this relationship could have gone way south super fast! Lee could have been completely threatened by the fact that a very handsome Mountie living in the same town was once engaged to the woman to whom he is very attracted. Did everyone follow that? 😉 But seriously, instead of creating a very awkward situation, Lee attached himself to Jack, and the two of them had a friendship that lasted until the very end. It started when Lee volunteered lumber and manpower to help build the church/school, and the rest is history.

But let’s talk about that history. Just like I said before, instead of feeling threatened by Jack, Lee decides to take the nice guy route, and be trusting. Lee asks Jack for tips on dealing with Rosemary, as opposed to making it a competition. They even joke about it, like at New Year’s when Lee stated TO JACK that his resolution was “to say ‘no’ to that woman.” And then there’s when Lee is about to get married, and they toast to him: “The man of the hour!” Jack very comfortably quips, “Anyone marrying Rosemary deserves more than an hour.” Total acceptance, and complete comfort on both parts.

Then there’s the history they’ve created between each other. One of my favorite parts of the beginning stages was when Jack was trying to downplay his relationship with Elizabeth. Rosemary isn’t the only person in Hope Valley Lee is learning to manage; he’s got his eye on Jack. What’s his perfect, “Lee answer”? “You may be selling, young man, but I’m not buying!” Lee’s no fool!

There are so many facets to this “bromance”. Lee is very quick to sincerely tell Jack how grateful he is for his friendship when he tells Jack what an amazing friend and best man he is. Then, when it’s Lee’s turn to be the best man, he helps calm Jack’s nerves, (after riling them up,) and runs all over Hope Valley to make sure his friend’s wedding goes as smoothly as possible; especially after the church burning down. He was even willing to substitute his and his wife’s rings in the ceremony. They also make a great team working side by side, whether it’s finishing homes for needy people, or building floats to usher the Christmas spirit into town. Lee practically gives Jack the lumber for his OWN home too. And hey! Jack saved Lee’s leg until Faith could get there to properly treat it, right? These two always seem to be there for each other.


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But here’s the best scene that illustrates the closeness these two share, in my opinion. I even remember saying out loud, “I love this, that these two can talk to each other; I love watching their friendship.” It’s when the two of them are sharing a cup of coffee, and Jack is trying to talk out his thoughts about joining the effort in the Northern Territories. Lee is completely attentive, doing nothing else but focusing on Jack. He knows that this must be eating Jack alive inside, and he needs to share it with someone. I love that Lee asks him questions; it proves that he’s listening, taking it in, evaluating what was said, and weighing his own words carefully. And when the time comes for him to speak those words, Lee doesn’t tell Jack what to do, what to say, or what to think. He says, “We all have a code, Jack.” He knows Jack already knows what he needs to do; he just needs a friend he can trust to tell him to trust his gut. And that is true friendship!

Well, Hearties, I hope you’re able to find friendships during this time of physical distancing, because they’re some of the interactions that are keeping me sane at the moment. Take care of yourselves, and to quote Signed, Sealed, Delivered: “Take care of your hearts.” This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom!

Happy Friyay, Hearties! How many of you still have a significant meaning tied to Friday? If you have a regular work week with weekends off, then Friday means a great deal. Or if your husband/significant other has a regular work week, (like my hubby, except he currently works from home,) Friday is important because it means you don’t have to do everything alone for the next two days. But for so many, Friday is another day with everyone at home that we have to try to keep the kids entertained while keeping up with laundry, cleaning, meals, and any other extra ventures we’ve taken on. So, if that’s you in any way, shape, form, or degree, I hope this can be a bright spot in your day, and make you smile.

So, we’ve finally come back around to our Friendship series. And for today’s #FriendshipFriday is about one of the most unlikely of pairs in this series. Can you guess which two? Here’s a clue: if we put together a lineup that didn’t include Elizabeth or Rosemary, (because we already know we NEVER would have put them together,) these two would be your last choices to step forward at the same time. And one of them just recently celebrated her birthday, so I thought the choice appropriate.


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The name-calling, eye-narrowing, clothing-tugging, prudish gossip of Hope Valley comes face to face with the ankle-showing, soda-drinking, fun-loving, stylish newcomer…and they form a bond that doesn’t include rope! How did THAT happen! We’ve seen several long-shot attachments come about, but this one comes from complete opposite ends of the scale. But I think that’s one of the reasons it grabbed me by the cheeks and made me watch it so intently – BECAUSE we thought a kinship between these two was so impossible.

One of the things I believe made this pair work is that Fiona never gave up on Florence. That, and she knew exactly how to push Florence’s buttons; not in a cruel way, but in just the right kind of nudging way that pulled Florence a little more into her ring. For instance, Fiona could have very easily just said, “Okay, bye! See you around town!” when Florence had no interest in that modern contraption the telephone. But instead, she wet the woman’s appetite for wagging tongues with neighbors ABOUT neighbors. Then she ended up with that very job!

Then she has a horrible struggle getting out of the gate with that job. There’s even a literal explosion involving tea and wire, a clear indication that Florence is not cut out for the professional world. After all, the only occupation she’s ever held is in her home; no modern technology allowed. That should have been it: the end of Florence’s career.
But, instead of showing Florence the door with a good swift kick, Fiona uses those feet to run after Florence. And instead of just slang words spouting out of her mouth, Fiona uses her modern lingo to insist that Florence try again, that she’ll fix the telephone, that Florence will be fine.

This is the most vulnerable we’ve ever seen the esteemed Mrs. Blakely. You might argue that she was just as emotionally exposed when Laura discovered the note from her husband, Paul. I agree that it made her teary-eyed and nostalgic, and that was the first time we see that kind of genuine emotion from her. But here, it’s different. Florence talks about her weaknesses, her incapabilities. She admits in an uncharacteristically humble attitude that she’s never had a job before. But Fiona and her easy-going persona don’t care about the past, only second chances, and moving forward. Florence said it herself: “You took a chance on me, Fiona.”

And because of that very act of determination, we got to witness one of the sweetest (early) Christmas gift exchanges in the history of When Calls the Heart. We see two unlikely friends building an already strong connection, one that causes tears at the mere thought of separation. I, for one, can’t wait to see where they go together in Season 8.

And that is where I leave you…with visions of Season 8 dancing in your head. 😉 I hope all of you are able to find friendship in some way during this very lonely time, whether in person, or through the blessing of OUR modern technology. Take care of yourselves, and be good to each other. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom.

Happy Friday, Happy start of Christmas in July, and Happy 4th of July. That’s a lot of “happy”! I hope it’s that way for you in your life right now; and in this uncertain time, you’re able to find a way to celebrate the birthday of our country with those you love, and find some peace and serenity.

Truth be told, I was going to do a patriotic post of some kind today, it being the week of Canada Day AND 4th of July. But I did promise you the final Friendship post on Rosemary and Elizabeth, and a promise is a promise. I’m also convinced that true and lasting friendships are a stepping stone to make ANY country better. So! We started at Bumpy Beginnings, muddled through Reluctant Respect, and roller coasted over Feisty Friends. And now, we arrive at the stage that will never end; in fact, it will only grow bigger and stronger: Bosom Buddies.

Sometimes it’s amazing these two are as close of friends as they are, considering their history. Can you imagine being best friends with the woman who not only used to be engaged to your husband, but also tried VERY hard to steal him away from you? I certainly can’t! I’ve also been on the other side, Rosemary’s side. I’ve met the wives of a few old boyfriends, even guys that were just friends when I was younger. Despite the fact that I’m married with my own family, a couple of them have been very wary around me; I wasn’t even trying to steal their man. I guess that’s one instance when my exuberant, Rosemary-esque personality is a little too much for some people. I have a tendency to be over-the-top, and incredibly extroverted…sometimes…several times…most of the time. 😉

But they beat the odds! I’ve even seen some fans comment that they constantly forget that these two were ever against one another. Step One happened when Elizabeth gave birth to Jack Jr. It doesn’t matter where you are on the scale between mortal enemies and complete strangers; when you are helped through an unplanned childbirth, or you spontaneously help someone deliver their baby, you’re bonded for life. So even though Rosemary was still, well, Rosemary, trying to take even partial credit for the baby coming, that was a night that cemented them together forever.

But, Abigail was still there for Elizabeth to lean on, and to talk to. And then suddenly, she was gone. Now Rosemary is the closest friend, and most trusted confidante Elizabeth has. They share everything with one another. One of the aspects I love most about their relationship is how they share grief. They have no similar experiences that bring them sadness; Elizabeth is a widow and single mother, Rosemary can’t have children. Despite that, they know exactly how to comfort one another, exactly what to say to wipe the tears from each other’s eyes. Even better, they know how to liven the situation for each other, and bring a smile to one another’s faces.

Then of course, the biggest factor of them all: the big sweet boy. That’s the biggest bond of them all. Rosemary and Elizabeth have such a love for the little guy that radiates from their beings. Elizabeth loves her son with her whole soul, but speaking from experience, every mother needs a break, not to mention help. Having no children of her own Rosemary is more than happy to help in any way she can. And even though Rosemary got a trial by fire lesson in chilidcare when she and Lee kept Jack overnight, she would do anything for that little boy. She especially loves spoiling

That’s it for today, everyone. Sorry this is coming to you so late, it’s been another busy day. Once again, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and that you’re able to celebrate in safety and happiness. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom.

Happy Friday, all! To quote Shane McInerny from Signed Sealed Delivered, “It’s a red-letter day!” I am without kids for 24+ hours “for the first time in forever”, to quote another movie. 😉 Even though it might result in me falling asleep at 8:00 pm, it’s still thrilling. My dear in-laws took my children for the night, so it’s my first free night in a long time. I’m excited!

Before I get to the topic of today’s Flashback Friday, I have a small favor to ask of you, my dear readers. You’ve been so supportive of my little blog, and of so many of my endeavors. Well, I have another endeavor I’m trying to get off the ground, and I’m calling on the Heartie army. Some of you may remember that fun parody music video I posted a while back. If you haven’t already heard, I entered that video in Jen Lilley’s talent contest Voices That Give, (at the prodding of friends). I made it past the first two rounds, but now I’m in danger of elimination. There are two days left in the round. I’m in 6th place in my group, and I have to move to 1st to advance. Can you help me? Please? The first vote is completely free, then you can purchase votes for $1 per vote, if you choose to. Then if you can share it with all your friends and family, and encourage them to use their free vote, I would greatly appreciate it! I went into this half-heartedly, but now I’m a little emotionally invested, I admit. Here’s the link. Thanks in advance!


NOW! Moving into tonight’s theme. If you remember Wednesday’s post, I told you there was going to be a change today. I know several of you were expecting the final installment of Rosie and Elizabeth’s friendship today, but there is a reason. It’s all summed up in a line Clara tearfully mutters to Jesse right before this shot is taken:


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“It’s my anniversary.” Yep! Tomorrow will make 12 years since these two crazy kids tied the knot.

So, since I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, I thought it would be nice to take a closer look at the #TeamClasse wedding.

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First of all, I will admit, I thought at first that Clara was not being very smart about “taking a break” with Jesse, even though I wasn’t exactly crazy about Mr. Flynn at the time, not with THAT hair. 😉 I thought, “Get over it! Don’t throw this away!” But I stopped myself, and I thought back to when Clara was helping Elizabeth through her grief, and declared that she felt cheated because she lost her husband only days after being married. I think how nostalgic I get every year, and I wonder how heartbreaking memory lane would be if my husband wasn’t here; not to mention if our lives together had barely started.


So then, I totally grasped Clara hesitance right before her wedding. Grief hits you in the oddest moments, then there’s the fear that history will repeat itself, and the thought of losing ANOTHER spouse is unbearable; unbearable enough to make a bride-to-be retreat into a shell. That’s what made Clara’s moment at the start of the aisle all the more powerful! All that history, all that emotion, all that doubt, all that hope comes bursting forward in with the declaration of one word: “Absolutely!” Clara has put all that sadness behind her, and is looking toward a glorious future with the second love of her life. If nothing else the look of love and awe upon seeing her in her dress for the first time is enough to drive any woman down the aisle and into his arms. I can’t wait to see Mr. and Mrs. Flynn celebrate THEIR anniversary.


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And this is where I leave you. I hope you have a marvelous weekend, filled with that same kind of hope that fills Hope Valley. Take care of yourselves. Love to you all! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom!

Happy Friday, all! I hope your week is turning out the way you want it. This was the last week of school for some of you, I know, so maybe that will help. It’s funny. When Kristoffer Polaha was kind enough to bring me on as a guest on his weekly Instagram LIVE video, Polaha Chatauqua, he asked me if having the kids done with school would make things easier or harder. I said, “That’s a really good question.” I didn’t have an answer at the time, but now I think I do. It’s a different kind of harder. My girls did have something to do with school work, it’s true, but I had to stay right beside them to read assignments to the kindergartener, and make sure the 3rd grader actually DID the work. So, even though I have to be a little more creative, we don’t have deadlines, and I don’t have to keep the boys away from the girls as long. 😉 But, involving all 4 children more often makes for more arguing, so I guess you give a little, take a little.

So moving on to this week’s #FlashbackFriday, the third part of the incredibly odd, but incredibly strong friendship between Elizabeth and Rosemary. We started at Bumpy Beginnings, passed through Reluctant Respect, and now we’ve arrived at:

Part 3: Feisty Friends
Admittedly, this is a tiny step up from Reluctant Respect. There’s still teeth-gritting, and “dealing” with Rosemary’s antics, but this time, there are genuine feelings of care behind those forced smiles. Take the Mountie Christmas Ball, for example. Elizabeth is less than enthusiastic to borrow a gown from Rosemary, but she’s still comfortable enough to accept. (The fact that Elizabeth is BORROWING a dress instead of buying or ordering one shows what a Hope Valley woman she’s become.) Rosemary is more than happy to play fairy godmother, but she shares a little too much information dealing with alterations, remember? Then Rosemary tries to push herself onto the Christmas festivities, but Elizabeth “handles her” by assigning her menial tasks like stringing popcorn. Elizabeth knows she can challenge Rosemary because Rosemary doesn’t want to be outdone. They push each other’s buttons, but they wouldn’t hurt each other for the world. And despite the slightly rough journey, it sure has a beautiful ending result!

Another instance when Rosemary’s overbearance is done completely out of love, when you want to shake her and hug her at the same time…it’s Jack and Elizabeth’s wedding. Oh, Rosemary! We love you for being so passionate about wanting to make this long-awaited celebration sensational, but wouldn’t it be a good idea to listen to the bride and groom? But, I will say, that passion and drive came in very handy when tragedy struck, and Hope Valley pulled together to create another wedding, almost from scratch. Who was in the middle of the group giving orders, albeit gently, and even took apart her own wedding dress to save Elizabeth’s gown? Maybe Rosemary is “a little much”, but in this case, it’s a good thing. It got the job done.

Okay, last one. This is where I really gleaned the “feisty” from. If you recall, a certain, VERY determined woman who couldn’t wait for proper lessons in…transportation nearly caused a very damaging mishap. And when said woman refuses to take responsibility for her actions, she flies into a fury, announces she’s staying with Elizabeth, then proceeds to beat up her hostess’s pillows. Then Elizabeth takes the kids gloves off and for only the 2nd time up to that point that I remember, she tells it like it is. Elizabeth finally gets it off her chest that Rosemary “can be a giant pain in the…side.” I bet that felt good. The way Elizabeth rolled her eyes as it came out, you know she’s been holding it in for a long, LONG time. But Rosemary needed to hear how good she’s got it; she needs the reminder of what a wonderful husband Lee is to her. And Elizabeth is glad to oblige! I really think this is a turning point in their relationship. Elizabeth boldly states what Rosemary needs to hear, and Rosemary actually listens. Now, THAT’S friendship!

Well, everyone, it’s been real! In the spirit of friendship, especially after reading this, let’s all remember what true friendship looks like, and how we should be treating one another. Take care, everyone! Love to you all! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom!

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