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!

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