Good Monday Morning, Hearties!  Come on!  Up and at ‘em!  Time to start your day!  Everybody have a good weekend?  I especially had a fun time at church yesterday.  I’m the children’s music director, and I just loved listening to those kids sing their beautiful songs.  There was such a special spirit in that room, and I could feel it so strongly!

Anyway, on to the present!  As you probably have guessed, we have ourselves another victim…I mean volunteer…to be spotlighted, (hee hee).  So, welcome to #MeetYouMonday!  I’m really excited about this one!  This is Jane Jenkins, and we have a very… special relationship, don’t we Jane? 😉  Once again, Jane is someone I have never met in person; I met her on the Hearties fan page on Facebook.  We started “chatting” when I made a disparaging comment about a certain WCTH character she ADORES!  And we’ve gone at each other ever since.  We have a lot of fun bantering with each other, keeping one another on our toes, and seeing who can top the other.  It’s great fun!  I can always tell I’ve got her when she orders me to go check on Baby Jack. 😀 But she is such a dear lady who puts up with so-called wit.  So I’ll let her actually speak for herself to prevent any further bias…(clearing throat suspiciously).  I present, Mrs. Jane Jenkins! And just remember, you know you love me, no matter what might be in the parentheses. 😀 

Well here I am! Here’s a little bit about me:

  1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?
  • I am a southern girl, I am very proud to call Georgia my home. (Even if Texas is the better part of the South)

 

  1. Tell us about your family.
  • I have a loving husband, 2 wonderful sons, 2 beautiful daughters-in-law, amazing grandchildren, and a spoiled rotten cat! (Get a dog! He’ll take care of the spoiled cat!)

 

  1. What are your hobbies? What are you studying/did you study in school?
  • Some of my hobbies are antique shopping, reading Christian Fiction, Historical Romance, and especially Amish books. But my passion is photography, especially nature scenes. My husband and I love traveling, camping, and cruising; two of my favorites were The Panama Canal and the Alaskan cruises. We have camped in all of the 50 states with the exception of 6. (SO CLOSE!) We have a trip planned to Lancaster, Penn. for a visit in the Amish country.

 

  1. How did you find/discover WCTH?
  • I discovered WCTH through an advertisement while watching the Hallmark Channel. It looked like my kind of show!  I tuned in, and haven’t missed an episode since. 

 

  1. What is your favorite episode? Season?
  • My favorite episode was Henry on trial and Abigail testifying on his behalf. (Yeah, it would be…)  My favorite season was Season 1. (With totally Evil Henry???  Now THAT surprises me!)

 

  1. Who is your favorite character? Star of the show?
  • My favorite character is Henry Gowen. (NO!  You don’t say!  Really?)  He is such a remarkable actor! (Now, with that statement, I have no objection.)

 

  1. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?
  • I love the show because of its heart-warming episodes: with morals values, and the forgiveness taught. I love the fact that you can sit down and watch with anyone, and not worry about vulgar language and embarrassing situations. The absolutely beautiful scenery is also a plus.  (Yeah, I got nothing.  Those are all reasons I love it too!)

 

  1. Anything else you enjoy, or anything you’d like to add?
  • First of all, I am a true Heartie because I love the show. I hope there are many seasons to come in the future. I especially love the WCTH fan pages; you can express and view other opinions. You can also meet amazing friends who will share your pain and joy, and laugh with you. (Like ME!  Not to mention fans who love to kid you about your favorite character!)  Always a fan, always a Heartie!! During the summer months, my husband and I enjoy selling fresh home grown veggies from our gardens; and we are in the South, so we must throw in our famous Hot Boiled Peanuts! We always turn any event into a day of family fun!

Photo is me and my granddaughter, Kelsey.

Thanks, Jane!  And thanks for tolerating my jokes!  In Jane’s honor, I’d like to share some of my personal artwork with you.  You may have seen it on the fan page, but here it is if you didn’t.  I recently participated in #CampHearties, a 4-week virtual summer camp where teams are given tasks to complete, then judged by Ben Rosenbaum (who plays Mike Hickam).  This was my first year, and I had a blast! One of the tasks was to show an artistic representation of Henry Gowen in Season 1, then Season 5.  So for her favorite character, heeeeeere’s Henry!

See you Wednesday, #Hearties!  What will it be?  You’ll have to wait and see!  Oh, by the way!  It’s Loretta Walsh’s birthday, so send her some good wishes.  Much love!  Ta ta!

Hey, hi, and Happy July, Hearties! Hope your month is off to a roaring start! Welcome to a very special #MeetYouMonday. Since this Wednesday is Independence Day, I thought it would be most appropriate to, once again, meet one of our fellow Hearties from the military; one of the many incredible individuals dedicated to keeping our country the free nation that it is. So, may I present Mandi Woolridge. Take it away, Mandi!

  1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?
  • I was born in Las Vegas, NV. I have lived all over the United States because when I was growing up, my mom liked “change.” I’ve lived the longest in Minnesota, but 4 years ago, my husband’s job brought us out to Rapid City, SD.

 

  1. Tell us about your family.
  • Currently, my household is made up of my husband, myself and our 5 dogs (we just can’t stop adopting dogs). I have two older brothers who have both served in the Army National Guard for the last 16 years.

 

  1. What are your hobbies? What are you studying/did you study in school?
  • I’m a long distance runner; yes I do that for fun. We live near the beautiful Black Hills National Forrest, so we love hiking. I love playing with my dogs, watching the Hallmark Channel, and constantly challenging myself to be better.

 

  1. How did you find/discover WCTH?
  • I started watching WCTH on Netflix when Season 3 aired on TV. I watched the first 2 seasons in about a week, and was hooked on the show. (Wow, Mandi! That’s my story almost exactly!)

 

  1. What is your favorite episode? Season?
  • My favorite episodes are the Christmas Special for Season 4, and the last episode of season 2.

 

  1. Who is your favorite character? Star of the show?
  • Favorite character is a tough one. It’s a toss up between Jack Wagner (Bill Avery) and Martin Cummins (Henry Gowan). Love them both!

 

  1. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?
  • Being a licensed therapist, I take on the weight of other people’s concerns. I’ve heard some awful things in my 8 years in the field; but I love what I do because I help people. Watching WCTH makes me feel good and happy, and helps my mind escape from all the bad in the world that I can’t fix. Plus, I love that it’s a good, clean show. I also love that for the time period, it breaks barriers of women being strong and independent. I was raised by a single mother who taught me to be strong and independent. Another thing I like about it is it shows the simple way of life, versus the chaotic technology driven lives we live now days. There are probably a 100 reasons why I love the show.

 

  1. Anything else you enjoy, or anything you’d like to add?
  • I’ve been to HFR2 And HFR3. My favorite people to meet were Jack Wagner and Martin Cummins, even though I really enjoyed meeting everyone. Talk about a group of actors and actresses who are so down to earth, and who are genuinely nice people!
  • I am also in the Army National Guard, which is one of the most important things I’ve done in life next to getting a Masters Degree. I believe in serving my country even though it can be hard on the family, and is a huge sacrifice. The Army is very male-dominated still, but women in the Army are making great strides. I want to be one of those women that breaks barriers in the Army. I’m currently going through traditional Officer Candidate School, which is mentally and physically challenging, but it keeps me motivated.

Thank you so much, Mandi, for everything you do in and out of the military! I WILL be posting on Wednesday, but I totally understand if your plans keep you away from your devices for the day. See ya soon!

Hello there! Hope you’re having a good start to your week. We’re wrapping up June, which means we’re almost through with #JuneWeddings. What a month it’s been, huh? Tonight is our final bridal spotlight, and it is a very special person to me. Let’s recap once more, shall we? Our first Monday, we met Lizzy, a fresh newlywed of 8 months. The second week I told all of you my 10-year-old story of wedded romance. Last week, Vicki, a bride of almost 25 years, shared her story.

Tonight, you’ll meet the lovely Merlene Clements. And if that surname rings a bell, yes! She is my wonderful, and very patient mother-in-law. She has graciously allowed me to interview her, and share her story. And here she is!

  1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?
  • Born on west coast (Washington), grew up on the east coast, (Virginia) ended up in the middle (Texas)

 

  1. Tell us about your family.
  • We have a rather large family. We have 7 children, ranging from 35-20. They’re all very strong-willed, independent, and amazing. My oldest 2 have their masters degrees, others have graduated or are attending college, or successful in careers. We have 5 wonderful grandchildren, and now I know why you have your own children in younger years. 🙂 I love seeing how different and unique each one is.

  1. What are your hobbies? What are you studying/did you study in school?
  • I enjoy photography, painting, gardening, reading, being outdoors, crafts, spending time with my family and friends, and church activities,. I have a lot of hobbies, just not enough time to do all of them. I ended getting my bachelor’s in education from James Madison University, and I teach special education in elementary school.

 

  1. How did you find/discover WCTH?
  • I think I found it by accident by watching the Hallmark Channel one time.

  1. What is your favorite episode? Season?
  • I’m not as avid as my daughter-in-law, but I enjoy how the community helps each other, and rejoices with one another. What really got me into it was seeing the women go into the mine to save their homes. I, of course, loved the episode when Jack and Elizabeth got married, and hated the one when he died.

 

  1. Who is your favorite character? Star of the show?
  • I really like Rosemary too. I didn’t at first, but she grew on me. She’s still annoying sometimes, but she really does have a kind heart.

  1. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?
  • It’s just uplifting to watch. I don’t have to cringe at any content, even when they’re stressed.

 

  1. Anything else you enjoy, or anything you’d like to add?
  • Kami asked me to talk a little bit about my marriage of almost 37 years. My husband and I met at a church event for young single adults (18-30 years old) just like Will and Kami! It was a 2-3 day event. His jokes captivated me. I immediately felt comfortable with him, like I was with my best friend. I remember I was lying in bed one of the nights, trying to think of a joke I could tell him so he would think I was funny too. Our first date was soon after, on May 8th to the movies. He didn’t waste time after that, as he proposed a month later after a date to an amusement park. He was going to propose a few weeks earlier when we were in McDonald’s, but I squirted a ketchup packet on his crisp white shirt and tie. That sort of killed the mood. 😀
  • We were married 6 months later on December 16th, just 2 days after my mother died. One way I knew Willie was a keeper was the first time he met her, he pushed her all over a battlefield in a wheelchair. It was really hard with my mother gone, but I truly feel she was able to be there in spirit; she wouldn’t have been able to attend had she been alive, she was too ill. She was also there in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and she helped me prepare.
  • Willie and I have learned many things in 37 years. We always depended on each other because we lived far away from family, and that made us stronger. I remember once hearing of some friends of ours breaking up, and I wondered how could that happen to such a perfect couple. My husband’s response was quite profound. He said, “If you don’t work on a relationship, it will be lost.” We’ve put each other first, developed communication and honesty, and learned how to give and take. I think it’s very important to have a common goal, and always include God in your marriage. Pull together in hard times, use humor often, and hold regular family counsel to keep the bonds strong.

Thanks, Mom! Isn’t she great? Easy to see why I wanted to marry a boy raised by her! And I was astonished by how many new things I learned about her, even after all this time.

Well, this concludes our final segment of #MeetYouMonday: Bridal Edition. It’s been a fun month learning different things about marriage from different perspectives. What a lovely way to start our weeks in the month of love! So, I’ll see all of you on Wednesday for our #WonderWednesday #JuneWeddings movie review. Adieu, dear Hearties!   

Hey, hey all you WCTH lovers! How’s the start of the week going? Mine has been SO productive! That MIGHT have something to do with the fact that 3 out of my 4 kids are visiting their grandparents… (YAHOO!) I now have a chance to get so many things done, and get in a little R&R too.

So, we’re more than halfway through the month, which means we’ve come to another #MeetYouMonday: Bridal Edition. Let’s recap! A fresh start to the month started off with a fresh start to a marriage with Lizzy, a brand-new bride of 8 months. Last week, I was crazy enough to share my wacky story that began my 10-year marriage, (as of Wednesday!) Today, let’s meet someone who has really seen the ups and downs of marriage. May I present a silver-plated bride, Vicki Chambers-Christy, who has been married 25 years! (25 years is the silver anniversary, if you didn’t know.) Let’s get to know her!

  1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?
  • I’m from Michigan, born and raised; and I still live in MI! My husband was born and raised in West Virginia and obviously now lives in MI.

 

  1. Tell us about your family.
  • There’s my husband and myself. We have a 24-yr-old son, (25 in October) Nick, and a 22-year-old daughter, Morgan. They both work full time, and basically have their own lives…but still both live at home. Great kids that love and respect their mom and dad!

 

 

  1. What are your hobbies? What are you studying/did you study in school?
  • My hobbies: I love to read, and really enjoy walking, especially outside. I enjoy spending time with my family, and watching Hallmark Channel.  My greatest is I love the Lord.

 

  1. How did you find/discover WCTH?
  • I discovered WCTH through TV commercials… I started watching with the 2016 Christmas Special.

 

  1. What is your favorite episode? Season?
  • My favorite episode… I think that would be S3: the campfire episode, or even S2: the mine episode.

 

  1. Who is your favorite character? Star of the show?
  • Jack and Elizabeth/ Daniel Lissing & Erin Krakow, but I do love them all.

 

  1. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?
  • Im a Heartie because I absolutely love WCTH. I love the show because so many people can relate to so many things on the show. Everything from health, money, jobs, loss of a loved one! It encourages us all to put our FAITH in GOD.  It’s a family show that even the youngest member of the family can watch, it’s that wholesome.

 

  1. Anything else you enjoy, or anything you’d like to add?
  • WCTH-related: I just can’t wait to see what S6 has in store for HV!
  • Kami asked me to share a little bit about my experiences after being married almost 25 years, (will be 25 on July 23rd). I love that we love each other despite our faults; and believe me, we both have them!  We support each other through the good, the bad, and everything else.  We are so comfortable with each other, that we don’t have to look perfect. We can speak our minds, or say what’s in our hearts.  I’ve personally learned that If I’m angry, I need to calm down before I say anything, (that was a tough one for me to learn, trust me).   I like the fact that I know who I’m going home with, and going home to.  We have had our trials, but through it all, here we are 25 years later. I know who I’m going home with, and who I’m going home to! ❤😊

Thanks so much, Vicki! It’s so inspirational for us to look ahead to someone who has been through so much; it gives us newbies the hope and advice we need to keep on the path. Well, that’s it for me too. Join me on Wednesday, (my anniversary!) for our next #JuneWeddings movie review! Toot-a-loo!

Hey, everyone! Happy Monday to you! So I guess you’re wondering who could possibly be our spotlight for today. As you know, I’m interviewing brides in honor of #JuneWeddings. I thought it might be fun to meet brides who are all in different stages of their marriages. If you remember, last week we met Lizzy, a fresh newlywed of 8 months married to her high school sweetheart. Today we’re going to meet someone who is a little more veteran, but still has a lot to learn…

It’s ME! This is my wedding portrait with my wonderful husband, taken by my very talented sister-in-law. Shelly, if you’re reading this, my compliment check is in the mail, right? 😉

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or since the beginning, or you’ve looked at the FAQ’s, etc., you know a few things about my family. You know this blog was my husband’s idea, and we run it together. You know Will is NOT a fan of WCTH, but he accepts it because it makes me happy. You also know we’ve been married for 10 years, and we now have 4 beautiful children.

What you might not know is next week is our anniversary! We’ll hit that 10-year mark next Wednesday! So since we’re celebrating weddings, and mine was in June, I  thought I’d share a little of our story. If you want to know my answers to the spotlight questions, just look at the FAQ’s and my first post. 🙂 And if I left something out that you’re DYING to know, please don’t hesitate to ask. I welcome questions.

Will and I have a story, (I’m a little embarrassed to say,) that could belong in a romance novel; which is ironic because outside of the theatre and the screen, I don’t care much for relationship drama. I actually considered writing my favorite romantic author to see if it interested her. Then I slapped myself, and my brain cleared. 🙂

We met the summer of 2006 at church, a singles’ congregation, to be exact. 😀 I had just returned home after graduating college, and he had just finished his 2-year missionary service in Latvia. We met by the water fountain. I bet you’re thinking, “And?” Well, Will’s mom always told him that all (most of) the Biblical prophets met their wives at the well, so always hang out at “the well”, she told him.

There was a slight complication, however. I was head-over-heels for another guy who was one year into HIS 2-year missionary service, and I was determined to marry him when he got home a year later.

Our first date was very… unconventional. I was setting up a group activity with Will when a mutual friend of ours walked right up, and said, “Why don’t you guys just make it a date?” Awkward! But Will eagerly agreed, so what could I do? We went out for lunch, then played most of the day at the city park. Then we finished the day with “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at the park’s outdoor theater.

To make a long story short, (and to spare you some drama,) I’ll give you the nutshell version. We went out a few more times, then I told him about the other guy. He wasn’t phased. His way of thinking was, “I’ve got a year to change her mind.” He even told me once that when the other guy got home, I’d like him better. Yes, he was right, but it perturbed me to no end at the time.

At one point, I told Will I wasn’t comfortable stringing him along when I had no intention of marrying him, so I asked him to keep his distance. He was pretty heartbroken, and he stayed away for a while. Then he made himself an invaluable friend. He would stop by my studio to help me set up for my classes, he’d help me run errands, even brought me orange juice and strawberries when I was sick.

When “the other guy” came home, he dumped me almost immediately; he wouldn’t even give us a chance. I was crushed, and who was there to soak up all the tears with his shoulder? Will! I warned him that I needed time because I wasn’t going to date him on a rebound. He agreed, but still stayed close enough to always be available. One day I was mulling things over in my head while setting up my studio. It was as though a 2×4 hit me in the head. DUH! Who had been there for an entire year, never giving up on me, and being my best friend? None other!

When I told Will I was ready to give our relationship a real chance, I’d never seen him smile bigger! And he kissed me as soon as we were alone. We dated for 6 months (as an official couple), then he asked me to marry him at the ideal time for me: Christmastime! He even did it when I took him out to dinner for his birthday so I wouldn’t suspect anything, the sly dog. We were married 6 months later in… JUNE! 🙂 And the rest is history.

Life hasn’t always been easy, and neither of us has stars in our eyes ALL the time, but we love each other, and we’re committed to giving our kids and one another the best life possible.

Have a lovely night, Hearties! May you find joy in the big events as well as in the small moments. See you Wednesday when we talk about….PERFECT BRIDE!