Hello, friends! Happy Monday! And Happy Back to School Week! I know some of you may already gone back, and others of you don’t start for weeks, but my kids start this Thursday (YES!) So, welcome to #MeetYouMonday, Back to School edition.

 

I apologize that there was no post on Friday; that’s when our tax-free weekend began. And with an almost-third-grade daughter who’s outgrown all her clothes, and a daughter who’s becoming a brand new kindergartener, (then buying my boys new shoes), you can imagine that it took all day…because it did.

 

So, back to the topic at hand. Because of this amazing group of people, I’ve gotten to know some pretty amazing people. One of those people is Miss Rebecca Brister. So she has kindly agreed to humor me, and spill her life story for today’s #MeetYouMonday. And since it’s Back to School Week, she added a few school memories to boot. Enjoy meeting this lovely lady. 

1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?
  -I was born in Mississippi, but my dad was transferred to Wyoming for his job. So we moved here when I was 8 years old, and have been here ever since.

 

2. Tell us about your family.
  -It’s been just my mom, dad, brother, and I for many years. Most of my family still remains in the south, and though we visit, we aren’t able to see them as much as I would like. I was one of only 2 children. My brother Adam is 4 years older than I. We’re a very close family, and love to do things together.

Rebecca and her family 

3. What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies? What are you studying/did you study in school?
   -Unfortunately, I am unemployed right now. I worked at a retail jewelry store for almost 8 years, but earlier this year, the company went out of business. So I am currently looking for new employment. As far as hobbies go, I love to read (predominantly Christian fiction or old classics), listen to music (southern gospel, instrumental, some opera), and watch Hallmark movies…or other movies that are clean and family-friendly. I also love the outdoors. Living in Wyoming, we have access to some of the most beautiful scenery, and I love to see it. I love to go boating, camping, and just riding. I didn’t attend college, but I loved any kind of English or literature or history class in school.

 

4. How did you find/discover WCTH?
   -I had watched all the Love Comes Softly series, and absolutely loved them; so I became a fan of Michael Landon Jr.’s work. I had watched his dad in Bonanza, and Little House on the Prairie, of course, but hadn’t known much about Michael Jr. I continued to keep up with his work, and watched the pilot movie when it was released. I loved the pilot so much that I was hesitant when I realized that the series was going to be quite a bit different than the movie. But after seeing 2 episodes I was hooked. (See what she did there. 😉 )

5. What is your favorite episode? Season?
   -The wedding episode in season 5 is fantastic, of course; and being a Lucas fan, I loved several in season 6. But my ultimate favorite episode is from season 3: “Prayers from the Heart” where Jack is on the verge of death, and the town rallies and has prayer for him. Then he awakens the next day, I believe. I love any portrayal of prayer, and its power on the show. This was a wonderful example of it.
   -I must say that the first season, as a whole, was my favorite. I enjoyed the attention to detail of that time period, and I always enjoy getting to know characters as they’re introduced, and figuring them out.

6. Who is your favorite character? Star of the show?
   -Ohhh, this is hard! Without being too cliché, I have to say Elizabeth. Her interactions with the children are heartwarming, and she’s a wonderful teacher. I admire that. She’s confident and strong, but still feminine and sensitive. I also like Lee and his common sense approach to life. He’s very grounded. And as of season 6, Lucas is right up there. 😊 Sorry that was 3 characters.

7. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?
   -I love the show because of the strong faith element, personally. The foundation of the show was built on the Lord, the Bible, and prayer; and I find that so admirable in this day. There are almost always lessons to be learned from the episodes. They’re not simply empty plotlines with no moral. They teach the viewer something. But the stories and characters are compelling, they keep you intrigued, and wanting more. They’re well-written and balanced, and you feel as if you personally know these people. I love the time period also. It was a more simple time in many ways, and I think I simply fit in that era better than now. 😊

8. Favorite school memory?
   -I don’t have one single one, but really a conglomerate of memories. Haha! My friends and I were obsessed with musical theatre, drama, and choir. I was never brave enough to actually participate in those activities, other than choir, but I was a loyal viewer! I have many wonderful memories of going to see musicals and plays at our local high school and community college…sometimes all 3 nights that it ran.

Rebecca and her friend Brittney 

9. Favorite subject? Hardest subject?
   -I loved English or literature classes, and I also enjoyed history. I especially loved Civil War history and the Revolutionary War period. I however, was not a math whiz. I was okay up until sophomore year in high school and then I realized just how much I disliked math. I really struggled after that. Haha!

 

Isn’t she great? Rebecca thought her answers were too lengthy, but I thought they were perfect! So have a great rest of your day. I’ll see you on Friday for our Back to School edition of #FlashbackFriday. My girls will be IN school, so I’ll be able to actually do it. 🙂 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom! 

Good afternoon, my lovely Hearties! Welcome to #MeetYouMonday! With all the birthdays, movie reviews, etc., we haven’t had one of these in a while. I think these kinds of posts are so amazing because we get to know one another beyond the kind of font we use, (thank you, Elliott Wallach!), as well as seeing the different walks of life Hearties come from. And yet, despite how varied we are, we are so similar in so many ways. So it gives me great pleasure to introduce Mrs. Pam Hyer!

 

1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?
* I’m an Ohio Heartie, and have lived in the same area for all of my life so far!

 

2. Tell us about your family.
* My family is just me and my husband Ray. My parents live nearby and I have a younger brother and his family are nearby as well.

 

3. What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies? What are you studying/did you study in school?
* For my job I screen drivers for the Salvation Army in the Central Territory. I kinda have just one hobby. I play the clarinet, sax and flute in our church orchestra and flute choir. I kinda like doing stuff at the gym as well.

 

4. How did you find/discover WCTH?
* I was an occasional Hallmark fan for their movies before WCTH began, and saw that a new series was starting…I thought I’d check it out. I guess I’ve been a fan since the beginning, but it took me a few years to find the massive online community that we have.

 

 

5. What is your favorite episode? Season?
* The first one that comes to mind would be when Jack and Elizabeth got engaged. So Season 4 was a really good one.

 

6. Who is your favorite character? Star of the show?
* My favorite character I think is Elizabeth. She has grown so much since the beginning. While I loved her and Jack together like pretty much everyone, I would like to see her find a new love. I will trust whatever direction the writers take us. Both of our new men on the show are pretty attractive. Okay, I was really leaning towards #TeamLucas and while she did dance with him, the new Mountie has his charm too. I don’t think that women in 1916 dated around much though.

 

7. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?
*I think I’m a Heartie these days because of all the friends I’ve made because of this show! I met some at HFR3, some are Ohio Hearties and I just attended a When God Calls the Heart retreat recently. What a special time! Hearties are some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met whether in person or online. For those who might be traveling alone to HFR this year they should not be too worried! They will make friends that might be lifelong.

(Pam at the WGodCTH retreat)

“Kinda just one hobby?” Playing THREE instruments at an orchestra level sounds pretty talented to me! Boy, is she right, or what? Interviews like this remind me of how special this group of people really is, a singular band of individuals who can really become like family. Pam is one of those endearing people I met on the fan page. She started commenting on my blog posts, and now we’re friends despite the fact that we’ve never met in person. It really is amazing to me how many people have come into my life because of the #Hearties, who I never would have met without our show.

And on that note, I leave you to enjoy your Monday. Before I sign off, a question to ponder AND ANSWER (please? 😀 ) If you could pick your favorite moment from WCTH that you believe NOBODY else would think of, which moment would that be?

This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hi there, everyone! Welcome to a new week here at #HookedHeartie. Christmas in July may be over, but we’ve got other events to celebrate; namely, birthdays. While we were distracted by colorful twinkle lights in the burning hot sun, 😉 some cast birthdays have come up. And we’re not in the habit of ignoring birthdays, are we? 😀 On July 9th, a very special lady had the anniversary of her life beginning. That lady is none other than Loretta Walsh, our lovely and FEISTY Florence Blakely. And it’s about time she got her own spotlight week!

Unfortunately, there isn’t much information about the talented Ms. Walsh out there; in fact, there’s even less than I’ve found on others in the past. But with it, and thanks to a few friends, (thank you, Nicole and Edify Films!), I’ve been able to scrape together a short, but fun post telling us a little about dear Flo.

By now, most of us know that Daniel Lissing isn’t the only Australian who’s been on the show who can flawlessly hide their accent. Loretta was also born an Aussie. She lives in Vancouver now. She is quite the princess of the theatre! She has a great love for it, (a woman after my own heart!), so she shares that love by teaching at Haven Studio in Vancouver. She also performs on the stage quite a bit, I understand. And in all the spare time she apparently has, 😀 she also “acts” as Artistic Producer of a theatre company called Kindred Entertainment. I can’t help but wonder if that was inspired by “kindred spirits” in “Anne of Green Gables”.

Edify Films has done a couple of interviews with Loretta, maybe you’ve seen them online or in your DVD bonus features. I bring it up because when they asked what one of her most thrilling moments is, she answered going to New York every year, and seeing productions. Once again, girl after my own heart! I’ve only ever been to New York City once in my life. It was my senior year of high school, and I was on a choir trip. There was NOTHING like watching the stage come alive with the start of “The Lion King”! Holy moly!

Photo credit: IMDB.com

But let’s get back to Loretta’s most thrilling moments. She had two others that she mentioned: 1) “jumping out of a plane”. Yes, the woman we watched describe Lucas Bouchard’s music as “quite provocative” has been skydiving. She described it as “terrifying and thrilling all at the same time”. I don’t know about you, but she’s a braver person than I, because I would never have the nerve!

And the final “personally” exhilarating moment she described was holding her daughter for the first time. Anyone who’s been a first-time mother can appreciate that sentiment.

I’m afraid that’s where my knowledge of her family ends. But I have lots of fun facts you might enjoy. There are those she thinks of like family. I know she’s very close friends with Laura Bertram (Mary Dunbar), Jill Morrison (Carla Noonan), and we all know she’s thick as thieves with Johannah Newmarch (Molly Sullivan). I fact, she herself coined the phrase “Marvelous Molly”. Isn’t she sweet?!

Last year for her birthday, I was able to, (with help from my friend, Sarah, because Twitter was NOT my strength,) get in touch with her to ask what her favorite Florence moment was. So, as of last year, Loretta’s favorite Flo scene is when Laura returns Florence’s old coat to her, along with that sweet old love letter from her late husband, Paul.

Here’s our last little tidbit of the evening. And I had NO clue about this, so boy, was I happy when I was told! Loretta will be appearing in a movie later this year called “Over the Moon With Love” that stars Wes Brown and Jessica Lowndes. Isn’t that exciting?! Besides “When Calls the Heart” we don’t get the opportunity to see her onscreen very often; probably because of all the time she devotes to the stage. So I, for one, am very anxious to see it.

Well, good night, all. I’ll see you for the #WonderWednesday installment of Loretta’s birthday spotlight week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Photo credit: IMDB.com   

 

#ChristmasInJuly Step 3: Give a present, and hear boisterous stories from the wacky, fun-loving uncle the whole family can’t live without.

 

IIIIIIIIIIIIIt’s Monday, Hearties! Up and at ‘em, and let’s get started with the day! It’s still Christmas in July, after all! 

To help us celebrate, may I present: The Man Behind the Mugs. No, I’m not referring to a photographer who takes pictures of ugly faces; I’m talking about the one and only Mr. Elliott Wallach, Creator, Owner, and President of Edify Films, the company that delivers all that amazing Hearties swag our way. Not only was he gracious enough to consent to an interview, but he offered to provide the prize for our FIRST GIVEAWAY  CONTEST. Details on that come after you read, though. 😉 So snuggle under your Hearties blanket, grab a When Calls the Heart mug of your favorite beverage, and settle in for a wonderful read! I will tell you honestly, this interview does not do the man justice! Between the awesome story he had for each question, (and me struggling to write it all down!), and how hard I was laughing, I can’t catch half of the effect our conversation had. He really embodied the fun, story-telling uncle to a T. But I’ll do my darndest!

 

HH: Where are you from? Are you still living there?
*I live in Washington State, the Spokane area since 1991. Prior to that I was in the military right out of high school. I was a Russian linguist for the Army. (This is when I interjected in surprise, “You speak Russian?” and he took off in Russian on me. 🙂 I said, “Not me. My husband speaks Russian.” When I asked what he said, he said something to the effect of “I used to speak Russian badly, but I’ve been practicing and now I speak it very badly.”

 

HH: Tell us about your family.
*I’ve been married 21 years to my wife, Tiffany. We met at church, in the singles’ group. (That’s how I met MY husband, so that was fun!) The first time I saw her in the singles group, I thought, “Move fast, Elliott. Don’t panic! Remember, this is what you trained for!”
*I have 2 sons. I’m a soccer dad; I coach one of them on his team.

 

HH: What’s your ideal vacation?
*Oh, wow! Random! My ideal vacation would be warm, by the ocean, maybe a cruise. I don’t like having every minute of every day planned. So take a planner, the kind of person that schedules every second, and multiply that person by -1, and you’ll have me on vacation. I like to play it minute by minute, and right now I like the idea of reading and hearing the ocean, and every once in a while someone brings me a hamburger.

 

HH: That brings me to my next question. What’s your favorite food? Is it a hamburger?
*No, steak. I like a good steak

 

HH: And where’s your favorite place to find that good steak?
*There’s a restaurant here in Spokane called Mizunas. It used to be a vegetarian place, but then they expanded into meat… I don’t know what it is about vegetarians, but they just know how to make a good steak! I guess from all the practice making soy not taste like a DVD case.

 

HH: I’m going to go out on a limb, and assume that you consider yourself a Heartie.
*Yes, I am!

 

HH: So why do YOU love the show?
*The #Hearties, 100%! You guys are the egg and the nourishment of the show. The group is something amazing that no one has ever seen before, and probably none of the actors on “When Calls the Heart” will ever have a fan base like this again. You guys can impact culture with your influence and that can’t be underestimated.
*#Hearties match the passion I have for family-friendly and faith-friendly films.
*Aside from that, I just love the Hearties themselves. The people. If you ever go to a Hearties Family Reunion, it’s like going to a love spa! Everyone is so kind and caring and just sweet! You’ll never get more hugs and high fives.
*The best thing is that all the Hearties are this massive support group for each other, and most times they don’t know anything about each other beyond the font they use. (This is when I told him I met one of my best friends on the fan page. He laughed, and said, “See? Let me guess… Times New Roman? Or Arial? Calibri is nice too.”)

 

HH: Do you have a favorite season or episode?
*I really liked Season 6, the most recent one.

 

HH: Dare I ask if you have a favorite character or actor on the show?
*I do, and we’ll leave it at that. 🙂 (Then he proceeded to say something wonderful about almost every main actor. He only stopped because we were running short on time.)

*Martin Cummins: I love every single actor on the show! I really enjoy my time with Martin. That guy’s absolutely hilarious! One of the things we ask people is who you’d want to be trapped in an elevator with. My answer might be Martin Cummins except I’m not sure my abs would survive it! One of the most real people I’ve ever met. He doesn’t have one pretentious cell in his body. Speaking of which, something not many people know about him is he’s incredibly fit! That guy is absolutely ripped! Think of the most pretentious person you’ve ever met, and take out all the pretentiousness, and replace it with biceps. – Martin Cummins.

*Kavan Smith: He is a world-class, amazing storyteller. It’s a gift that can’t be fully appreciated even with the videos we make of him. He’s a rare, rare person. I could listen to him all day.

*Pascale Hutton: Is equally rare. How in the world did they “accidentally” land her and Kavan together?!! I’m not sure the show shouldn’t be what they say when the camera’s not rolling. Just in the short time I’ve been around them, they just start teasing each other and the rest of us just fade in the background. It’s something to see. She’s so funny and brilliant enough to keep up with Kavan. (Watch the Heartie’s Family Reunions some time. My gosh.) And she’s so genuine and real too. One of my favorite people that we interview, because her charm and authenticity is just palpable. It always, always, always ends up great. Love it.

*Jack Wagner: He’s such a Pro. It’s ridiculous. You ask him a question and you can see the wheels turning in his mind, then he comes out with these beautifully crafted answers that are always solid gold sound bites. He’s really funny too! But ridiculously, ridiculously talented, bordering on the unfair to normal people like me. It’s like being good at chin-ups and then you meet Spider Man.

*Paul Greene: So cool, so friendly, and so deep. A total philosopher. He should live on a mountain with a long beard where people hike 10,000 feet just to hear what he has to say. Or he could sing the words of wisdom too. Another ridiculously talented guy. We carry his CD at Edify Films, and I don’t know if I’ve ever worked with anyone more grateful and generous with their praise. Think of the meanest person you’ve ever met and replace it with kindness and biceps also- Paul Greene.

*Loretta Walsh: Put her at any barbecue in the United States, and there will be 4 people around her laughing. Super generous like so many of the cast. She’s amusing and amused at the same time which is like my favorite flavor of human. Plus it’s also elevated by this awesome Australian accent which is always so bazaar and unexpected when you follow the show.

*Andrea Brooks: Man. I love Andrea. I absolutely adore her. She just could not be any more warm and engaging and genuine and joyful. One of those people that never met a stranger. Her husband is the same way. They are the power couple of easy to be around. Mr. and Mrs. genuinely cool people. I want to hang out with them. They need to raffle that off for charity.

*Ben Rosenbaum: HE IS HILARIOUS! He’s also on my elevator list. He’s one of those guys that can effortlessly kill a room with just some side comment he barely meant to say. He’s another ab workout. If you haven’t seen his Hope Valley Highlights you’re missing out. They’re some of my favorites.

*Aren Buchholz: I don’t think I even want to know anybody that doesn’t like Aren Buchholz. He’s such a cool guy. He’s like everybody I would have ever wanted to hang out with in my youth. Totally self deprecating. Totally funny. Very easy. I’ve done interviews with him before and after we’re done, he’ll just hang out for 30 minutes just trying to get to know us. Clone him.

*Eva Bourne: Eva is like Aren. Just grounded, cool, super fun to be around. She’s got this really unique sense of humor. I’m not sure how to describe it. Watch the Hope Valley Highlight where she talks about her cat. At the time, I just remember thinking that she reminded me of every cool girl I remember in High School. You just come away wishing she was your kid sister or dating your kid brother so you could pretend she was your kid sister.

*Erin Krakow: She’s absolutely the real deal! She’s so genuine, so professional, so generous. One time, she had just finished filming the scene in Season 5 when she’s screaming “Jack!” like a million times. She had no voice left, but she kept running in between takes to interview with us. I love her more than she knows. I wish she wasn’t famous and lived in our town. She’d be one of those friends you’re always trying to get to come over for Thanksgiving.

 

HH: If you could pick a storyline for the show, what would it be?
*Well, for the sake of my sons the easy answer is someone gets bitten by a radioactive spider. Having said that, I love the idea of a bad guy defending the good, but still by being kind of bad. Basically, I’m a fan of Henry Gowen. I’d like to see him out villain a villain, in defense of Hope Valley. If it goes to fisticuffs, and Henry is allowed to channel his inner Martin Cummings, then the bad guy is going to need to spend some significant time recovering with Dr. Shepherd before he appears before Bill Avery.

 

HH: If YOU were a guest star on WCTH, who would you be?
*If Chandler from “Friends” is written to appear on When Calls the Heart, then I think we found my character!

 

HH: How did you FIND When Calls the Heart?
*I’ve been friends with Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird for a long time. I knew about the show before most people did.

 

HH: Did Edify Films come about as a result of WCTH, or did the company come first?
*I created the company first. I named it Edify because that means to spiritually build up – and that’s my whole outlook on entertainment. And I want everyone to feel uplifted. When Calls the Heart is nothing if not uplifting.

 

HH: What’s your favorite and most challenging part of running the company?
*Favorite: I’m in love with the effect of what I do. I like affecting people, putting a dent in the universe, leaving a mark. Someone can watch movies and television and lose themselves. They can feel inspired to be kinder, to do better, to be inspired to pursue things they would otherwise deem impossible. What’s cooler than that?

*Challenging: Like most people, trying to do it all, balancing my family life with work.

 

HH: What’s your process for deciding what ideas should become products?
*I try to make something that is good quality, and the majority of the Hearties would want, and still be able to afford. I’m naturally a pleaser and it’s always a challenge to hold myself back and not end up with a warehouse full of When Calls the Heart Roller Blades.

 

HH: Are there any big products, projects, or reveals coming up that we should watch out for?
*Well, the Season 6 Collector’s Edition is now available for pre-order (WhenCallsTheHeart.com). We have some other stuff we’re working on but I have to keep it off the record, but some of them are mind blowing! No one’s going to see these coming! (He shared 1 or 2 with me. I’m sworn to secrecy, but I can attest to the fact that he is totally right!)

 

HH: Lastly, how did Edify Films come to be?
*This could be a whole other interview, but I’ll summarize. Edify Films was initially Edify Media. Edify Media began in 2004 as a full service public relations and advertising agency with the purpose to promote and elevate films that would “Edify” (spiritually lift up) the world. I’ve personally worked doing publicity and promotion on everything from The Passion of the Christ to Thomas the Train to The Help. Eventually Edify started expanding more into production; movie trailers, behind the scenes elements, DVD authoring, etc. It was only natural that we move into distribution as well. That initiative gave birth to Edify Films. Our goal now is to promote, elevate, distribute and eventually create our own content to spiritually lift up the world. God willing that will be a future interview soon.

 

Isn’t he a hoot?! So, there we have it! The life of the Christmas party summed up in a few paragraphs…HA! As if that were possible! But we do know him a lot better now. You couldn’t hide behind those tea towels forever, Elliott! And speaking of which, time for the other part you’ve all been waiting for: OUR FIRST GIVEAWAY CONTEST! So, here’s how it works!

 

RULES AND TERMS:

1. At the bottom of this page, comment EITHER your favorite Hallmark Channel Christmas movie with a WCTH cast member, OR an idea for a #FanFictionFriday plot you’d like to see written. (Click the title of this post to access Comments. If you’re having trouble, comment on the Facebook or Twitter link.)

2. Only ONE entry per name please.

3. All entries must be in by TOMORROW, TUESDAY JULY 16TH at 5:00 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME.    

4. One name will be chosen at random to win a FREE 3-pack of tea towels, courtesy of Edify Films and Elliott, and YOU even get to pick the color of font, (black or brown). Photo credit: Edify Films  

5. The winner will be announced on Wednesday’s blog, so watch for it! 

 

Have SO much fun with this, and good luck to you all! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!  

Wow! I thought October was hopping with birthdays! But June is a pen of bunny rabbits! I was just finishing up Pascale’s week, and POP! Up comes the birthday of one of them who started it all! But since his birthday was also on my anniversary, I decided to give myself a little break, and give him a proper highlight week this week. Since he doesn’t play a character, and he hasn’t been available for an interview, we’ll stick with a #MeetYouMonday and a #WonderWednesday post.

Sometimes I think, because he’s not as involved on social media, this amazing film creator is overlooked a bit. But so many of us love his projects, not to mention we just enjoy the fruits of his inspiration. Plus, I feel geographically connected to this man…he lives in Austin, TX after all! My home! 😀 I have yet to meet him, I must have missed the memo as to where he and Daniel Lissing were meeting for dinner when Dan came for a visit in December. 😉 But I’m still a great admirer from close by!

Who is this Superman of a media maker? You hit the nail on the head if you guessed Michael Landon Jr. (Or if you just looked at the title.) This man has been winning his way into our hearts since 1977 when he guest starred on his dad’s well-known and beloved TV show “Little House on the Prairie”. And even though he moved behind the camera after only six acting jobs, he’s continued to bring us chicken soup for our souls in the form of visual masterpieces!

Michael Jr. was born on June 20, 1964, in Encino, California to Michael Landon and Marjorie Lynn Noe. Here’s something interesting I never knew before: his middle name was originally Graham. Sounds nice, huh? Michael Graham Landon. I don’t know if he uses it anymore, at least not professionally, but it’s fun to know! As you might imagine, he has several siblings and half siblings, (thank you Wikipedia for the full list!) So here they are in no particular order. If you’re reading this out loud, you might want to take a deep breath!

1. Mark Fraser Landon
2. Josh Fraser Landon
3. Christopher Beau Landon
4. Leslie Ann Landon (who played Ms. Plum, the school teacher, later in “Little House”)
5. Shawna Leigh Landon
6. Jennifer Rachel Landon (she’s just a week younger than I am!)
7. Sean Matthew Landon
8. Cheryl Lynn Landon

Quite a mouthful! Quite a family! And to add to that list, there was another young lady in his life that was basically another sister to him: Melissa Gilbert, (Laura Ingalls in “Little House”, his dad’s TV daughter.) Fun fact: Michael took Melissa to her senior prom! If he didn’t, then IMDB lied to me! 😉

I don’t know if any of them joined him on this journey, but apparently, Michael Jr. converted to Christianity at the tender adult age of 18; so about 1982 or so. Then he found even more happiness when he married Sharee Annette Gregory on December 19, 1987. That’s especially heartwarming to me because December 19th is my late father and my mother’s anniversary. The similarities just keep piling up! 😀

Want some entertaining trivia about his lovely bride? How many of you cuddled up with your parents, or your kids, and watched that AMAZING, star-studded, show-stopper of a CBS TV special “Alice in Wonderland” from 1985? We had it recorded on VHS, and I almost wore it out with how many times I watched it. And I was too young to recognize anyone except John Stamos, so my mom had to tell me how they were all famous.

Anyway, Natalie Gregory did the fantastic job of playing Alice. So what, right? Well, Natalie is Sharee’s little sister, and Sharee played her big sister in that TV special! No wonder it looked so natural! How about that?! But the MOST amazing production either Michael or Sharee did was the one they did together: creating a beautiful family together! They have three children. Two daughters, Ashley and Brittany, and one son, Austin. I wonder if that’s a coincidence?

From what I can gather, Michael’s first projects were to honor his father. He produced and directed the 1991 documentary “Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love, then wrote the story for the 1993 TV movie “Bonanza: The Return”, (that was his father’s famous TV role before “Little House”) and finally wrote and directed the 1999 TV movie “Michael Landon, the Father I Knew”. He loves his father so much, doesn’t he?!

Then he found his other passion: faith-inspiring films, rural period pieces, sometimes a combination of the two. And we know he felt particularly drawn to Janette Oke. 😀 But I am not going to go into any further detail tonight. Gotta save SOMETHING for Wednesday! 😀 So good night, sweet Hearties! And happy Belated birthday to you Mr. Michael Landon Jr. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!