I am Kate Baumgarten and I’m 27 years old. I currently reside in California. I have three older sisters, one younger brother, and one younger sister. Two of my older sisters and my younger brother are married and have families of their own. My other older sister is a Police Officer in Northern California and my younger sister continues to live at home, goes to school, and works part time as a Preschool Teacher. My parents have now been working in the Medical Profession for 37 years.

I have a strong love and passion for reading, writing, working with my Horse Sabre, listening to music, Line Dancing, photography and putting projects together with photos, spending time with my family and friends, loving on my happy & neurotic Jack Russell Terrier Mountie Jack Riley (8yo in Feb 2018), and of course binge watch When Calls the Heart.

     I graduated high school June 3, 2008 just 20 days before my 18th birthday. I’ve been attending a Community College on and off since August 2008 working on my Associates of Science Degree. I only have 5-6 more classes to go before I complete my degree. My dream career is to become a Veterinary Assistant and possibly a Veterinary Technician. Haven’t made any decisions yet about being a Vet Tech but still have plenty of time to decide. My focus right now is to finish my degree then go from there.

I have been watching When Calls the Heart since January 11, 2014 (Day 1). At this time, the whole 4th Season and its 7thepisode My Heart Will Go On are my favorites. Anyone who has watched the full season and that certain episode will know exactly why I would choose those as my favorite season and episode. In fact, I heard from several reliable sources that not only did Season 4 have super strong ratings but also My Heart Will Go On had the most viewers than any other episode in the series. It’s definitely amazing.  

  You know, I love all of the characters but Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) is number one on my list. We’re so very similar and I can connect to her the most. Elizabeth and I share the passion and love for reading and writing, the dream of becoming an author, socializing with others we’re comfortable being around, we’re both very strong, compassionate, independent, kind, intelligent (my IQ is 127), caring, considerate, protective, soft spoken, laid-back, love to have fun, loving, trustworthy, honest, and patient. There are many similarities with the ones listed as only being a few of them.

I love When Calls the Heart because it’s clean, no violence, no cursing, no inappropriate sexual content you see on tv and media nowadays, Christian/Godly Based, teaches morals and values, friendships, trials and triumphs, family oriented, humor, positive and so much more. Also, When Calls the Heart has made a huge difference in my daily life. I became sick with a lifelong disease called Erythromelalgia (EM) also known as Man Burning Alive Syndrome in 2014. Erythromelalgia is incurable, extremely rare, excruciatingly painful (24/7) as well as potentially fatal. On my difficult sleepless nights due to the unfortunate circumstances, visiting Hope Valley helps on so many levels. When Calls the Heart also continues to inspire me to keep Fighting the Good Fight.

I am so beyond grateful for When Calls the Heart and all the people involved as it has positively impacted and changed lives including mine.

 

Greetings fellow Hearties!

My name is Sarah Nitsch, and I am a Heartie. I have a loving husband of 8 years (15 years together) and we have two beautiful young daughters. I was very excited when Kami asked me to introduce myself for the blog’s first #MeetYouMonday and I will tell you why…

I thought I became a Heartie because I enjoyed the show “When Calls the Heart”. But it’s also the opposite. Being a part of the Hearties has made me LOVE “When Calls the Heart”, at least on another level! I feel like it’s a symbiotic experience. Hearties (as a collective group) would obviously not exist if the show hadn’t been created, but the Hearties are also like the lifeblood of the show. Yes, the show would be just as wonderful without a so-called fan club. The writing, acting and storylines would be just as powerful and entertaining. But there is a unique magic in being a Heartie. I may be one of 59,379 people (as of the moment I write this), but it never feels that way. The network and show executives have embraced the fans and brought them into the fold in a way I have never heard of before in show business. There is an actual connection between fans and the people on set every single day. It’s special, it’s powerful, and it’s fierce.

I discovered WCTH when my daughters were 4 and 2 years old. They were not what you would call ‘good sleepers’ and I rarely had any ability to watch television above a G rating. After what I felt was the millionth viewing of Caillou and Octonauts, I was desperate for anything that wasn’t animated. I searched through my cable’s OnDemand offerings for ANYTHING rated G with real-life human beings. The first thing that I found starred Lori Loughlin from Full House, a childhood favorite of mine. I gave it a try, and by the time Mountie Jack made his first appearance at the mine, I knew this was going to be more than an escape from cartoons for a few hours of my day. The acting was incredible, and the chemistry between the three stars was clear. I almost forgot it was Lori Loughlin, as she so completely embodied Abigail. Then I noticed it was holding my 4 year olds attention as well. By the time season two came along nearly a year later, she remembered the show and now my younger daughter enjoyed it too. I fondly remember both my daughter’s screams when the season two finale aired and they discovered who was holding the engagement ring out to Elizabeth! Their first experience with a “cliffhanger”.  I didn’t discover the Hearties fan group until just after season three, and enjoyed it quietly until after season four was in full swing. Now I enjoy commenting on posts, creating fan art, and writing fan fiction stories with Kami!

I can’t say I have a favorite episode or a favorite season, because I believe every single scene has contributed to the greatness in the story of these remarkable characters. Even season two, which was a shock to most Heartie’s systems, has found a special place in my heart (over time). I know this isn’t a popular opinion, so I have asked Kami if I can explain more fully in a later blog posting. For now I will just say that it grew on me.

I met Kami on the fan page, and what can I say? Sometimes people are just meant to be friends. Sometimes you don’t know something’s missing in your life until you find it. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything before the Hearties, but now I see how important it has been in my life. With the show I have something I can watch with my children. It is not only appropriate, but also promotes strong values. And it does this without being overly sweet or syrupy. With the Hearties group, I have a place I can be silly, share a passion and common interest in the show with others and find a creative outlet with photo editing and writing. I would love the show regardless, but being a Heartie inspires me.

Sarah proudly wearing a ‘beguiling’ piece of jewelry from Kami that both “surprised and delighted” her on her birthday

 

WELCOME! You found me! And if your heart is aching for a place that talks about how wonderful Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart” is, and you’re hooked to it, (or if you’re merely curious,)  YOU ARE HERE!

Allow me to introduce myself: Kami Clements, bona fide, (certified if it was possible,) and VERY hooked Heartie!  I’m a hopeless romantic who loves to act and sing, so getting a guest spot on this show would be a dream come true!  I’m from the Austin area of Texas, USA. I’ve been married almost ten years to a certain William Lee Clements, (who has two WCTH character names, but he won’t admit it!) I have 3 kids, and I’m currently pregnant.  It’s a boy, and his name will be…drum roooolllll! JACK!!!

 

Grown up now

I found this charming series when I was pregnant with my 1-year-old son, named after my husband; (therefore, he has a Heartie name too!) Commercials for Season 3 were airing, but I didn’t want to get involved in another show. HA HA! Then when morning sickness was keeping me down, I stumbled across it on Netflix. “What the heck?” I thought. “Give it a shot.” One episode led to two, then three. And I was…well, hooked! Thanks to pregnancy insomnia, I sped through Seasons 1 and 2 in record time! I watched the first 2 episodes of Season 3 on Demand, then I was current; and I have been ever since.

 

Hubby and me an engagement picture

If you’re new to the show, or if you’ve never seen it, I bet I know what you’re thinking: what is this series, and why are you so hooked on it? Fair question. To quote a favorite movie of mine: “Let me explain…no, there is too much. Let me sum up,” (Princess Bride). “When Calls the Heart” is a romantic, fictional, period drama that runs on the Hallmark Channel. It’s the perfect blend of the shows “Christy” and “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” with the family morals of “Little House on the Prairie”. It begins in Canada in 1910 with a very wealthy young woman named Elizabeth Thatcher taking a teaching post in a poor coal mining town out West. A new Mountie Constable named Jack Thornton arrives about the same time…and you’ll have to watch the show if you want to find out more.

 

My two girls with their bear Heartie

WHY do I like it? Gosh, how do I explain that? One big reason is because it’s clean. In the 4 seasons that have aired, I’ve heard maybe 3 or 4 swear words. Nobody’s sleeping around, and the violence is minimal. Being a hopeless romantic and former theater major, I’m picky about chemistry. I find many screen couples to be either too stiff, or too lustful. This screen couple is neither! They have a beautiful relationship! The actors are uncanny at conveying passion without getting dirty. My heart just starts pounding at the sight of them kissing! Daniel Lissing, especially, is fantastic at acting with his eyes. The love shining from them every time he looks at Erin Krakow is so complete that he’s got tons of fans convinced they’re in a real-life relationship. The fans sure wouldn’t mind, I’ll tell you that!

Well, I think that’ll do for now.  Until Wednesday, my darling fellow Hooked Hearties! To sign off, here’s a picture of some paraphernalia I’ve collected. And I owe a debt of gratitude to Elliott Wallach, Nancy White, Julie Nugent, and Patti Landers for making my collection possible.  

 

Paraphernalia