Hello, everyone! Well, things are getting tense aren’t they; and I’m not talking about in Hope Valley. Although, if you’ve seen the preview for this Sunday’s episode, talk about timing, huh?! Circumstances are quite scary in our world right now. In addition to providing a little escapism and lighthearted fun reading, may I offer a few words of hope. This is a saying we use often in my faith; it comes from some very wise words the Church received in January 1831: “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear”. All we can do is our best. So if we take the proper precautions, be smart about our interactions with others, gather provisions, and do everything possible to keep ourselves healthy, it’ll be okay. It definitely won’t be perfect, but we’ll be able to breathe better. In addition to preparing ourselves, all we can do is rely on a higher power. If you are a praying person, I’m sure you’re already doing so, but I encourage you to keep saying those prayers.

Alright, enough of that! Let’s get to the cake and ice cream of the post. It’s our very first #FaceOffFriday of the season! Since I missed last Friday, we have THREE episodes to tally. I will admit, I’m having a harder time determining whether interactions are positive or negative. They’re much less cut and dried this go-around. But with a little help, I managed. So…LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!

 

 

S7E2: A MOVING PICTURE

LUCAS:
-1 Interrupting the conversation between Nathan and Elizabeth. Big no no!
+1 Complimented her on her teaching
+1 Got Elizabeth excited about more books
-1 Not behaving like “a little gentleman”
+1 Sharing about his mother and mutual love of books
+1 Taking an interest in her “hobby” of writing
+1 Offer to read her work
+1 Reminding her about offer
+1 He was very respectful of the fact that Jack drew the illustrations in the book
+1 He promised to be honest
+1 “I read 220 pages” Read it all and that was cute
+1 Complimented her writing
+1 Some people may say this should be -1, but writers need to be critiqued, and he did it nicely
-1 It’s okay to offer comments, but he pushed a little much
-1 Awkward encounter when he was with Henry
+1 Tried to apologize
+1 Cute banter – “Could you repeat that?”

NATHAN:
+1 Elizabeth approached HIM to chat
-1 He didn’t really respond to her efforts
+1 Recovered from Lucas’s interruption with another compliment
-1 He wasn’t exactly behaving like a “little gentleman” either
-1 Foot in mouth for Lucas comment
+1 Elizabeth said she was happy he was staying
+1 Called her back when she was walking away
-1 Wouldn’t finish his sentence, and saying his “better judgment” was stopping him
+1 Saying Little Jack had an arm/waving to him when he left
+1 “What’s in your heart?”
+1 Using her words on her “You let me know when you figure it out”

S7E3: THE HEART OF A FATHER

LUCAS:
+1 Giving credit to Elizabeth and her writing
-1 He walked away rather quickly, almost abruptly

NATHAN:
+1 Teasing Elizabeth about amount of homework
-1 Acting very protective and paranoid at sleepover
+1 His awe at Elizabeth getting the girls’ attention
+1 Took the icing on the nose like a man
+1 “You saved my life tonight”
-1 “You think he’s a great guy” sarcasm
+1 Opened up about his past
+1 Morning chat and was straight forward about not talking to Allie yet
+1 Even in his anger, he remembered to say “Excuse me”

S7E4: FAMILY MATTERS

LUCAS:
+1 He brought Elizabeth coffee or tea while she was writing
+1 Asking how writing is coming
+1 Encouraging her to show someone, and offering to read
+1 He backed off when Nathan approached
+1 Loved reading the chapters
+1 Conversing playfully about Luther Brant
-1 Assumed he was the character without reading everything first
+1 Adorable greeting to Little Jack
+1 Eating humble pie
+1 Inspiration for Elizabeth’s book

NATHAN:
+1 Walking Elizabeth to church
+1 Humbly listening when Elizabeth asked “What if this time he’s telling the truth?”
+1 Asked about the writing
+1 Asking Elizabeth to watch Allie and saying Allie has an ease around Elizabeth
+1 Technically this isn’t an interaction, but it’s a point all the same. He talks to Allie about her “a lot”
+1 Telling Elizabeth of his father’s innocence
+1 Inspiration for Elizabeth’s book
+1 Telling Elizabeth thank you

And today’s totals come to……….
Lucas – 17, Nathan – 16

So, the handsome, charming restaurateur who loves to play cards inches ahead of the sweet, shy law enforcement officer. Well, the season is young, and with scores like this, it’s still anybody’s game. And now that you know the score, and there won’t be another match for at least one, and maybe two weeks, you can sit back, relax, and watch/listen to the recap of Family Matters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you might even be surprised. 😉

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

Happy Monday, and Happy President’s Day! And Happy Week-Before-Premiere! Can you believe we get to return to Hope Valley in less than a week? I’m so excited!!! Now remember, if you’re in the Austin, TX area on Monday the 24th, let me know, and you are cordially invited to our Season 7 premiere party.

I know what you’re thinking. “Who are you, and what have you done with Kami? Hooked Heartie never posts on Mondays anymore.” Right? Well, the fact that we’re coming up on the premiere, that calls for some special posts this week! Wouldn’t you agree? So today is something we haven’t be able to do in a while – a #MeetYouMonday. We’re taking a different angle on it though – you get a whole group! May I present the South Texas Hearties, some of us anyway. And yes, I have their permission.

 

So there’s me, of course. You know me. But if there’s anything you want to know, just ask. On the right is Yvonne Davila, the amazing admin of the group. She is the real deal! When I first started this blog, SHE posted all over the group page to promote it. She likened me to Dottie, forging ahead with a new business venture.

She organized this whole meeting, and brought us together. We met at Panera Bread in San Antonio, so I had some incredible broccoli cheese soup, thanks to her! She also encouraged us to bring a favorite teacup or cookie recipe, and asked us to share the story behind it. Mine is the Swiss Miss cup, and I love it because I won it. I entered a contest to win a walk-on role in a Hallmark movie, and got a mug instead. 😀 But that was fun getting it anyway. I previously did not own a Hallmark mug. So thank you, Swiss Miss.

 

Behind Yvonne is Kay Kay Schiebel, a total delight! This was her first South Texas Hearties meeting, and she was so excited to be there. She went to a chocolate shop and bought all of us chocolate hearts. Then when there were extras, she asked me how many children I had. When I told her 4, she handed me all the extras. My children were VERY happy! The heart cookie was my own purchase at Panera Bread to mark the occasion.

 

 

In the back corner is Mary Jean Stolhandske, a true fan! Her teacup is the beautiful china one. Look closely! Seem familiar? It’s the very same set in Abigail’s café. She found it on Ebay, and snatched it up. Smart lady! I had never met her before this day, and by the end of a two-hour meeting, she was hugging me, telling me she would pray for my husband and me in our house hunting. Don’t you just LOVE Hearties???

Finally, right behind me is Riahn Ball, the lucky one of the group. She lived out every Heartie’s dream of attending the Hearties Family Reunion, number 5 to be exact. It was her first international flight. She documented the entire trip, then put all of her pictures in a beautiful album created by Shutterfly. She shared all kinds of stories from her experience, and we lapped it all up! I didn’t want to take any pictures of her book, but here’s how we decorated with our cups.

 

Well, me Hearties, there is your first #MeetYouMonday in a long while. And since it IS the week before the premiere, I’ve decided to post all three days this week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday. So watch out for a new movie review on Wednesday! Which one, you ask? I don’t know. I guess it remains…a mystery. 😉 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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