The perfect illustration of where Lee and Rosemary are in their relationship in the Season 3 New Year’s special! That, and “My New Year’s resolution is to learn how to say ‘no’ to that woman!”

Well, Happy New Year, everybody! It’s 2018! I hope everyone had a fun and safe night last night! Anybody emulate Florence, and go to sleep by 10:00? My 3-year-old made it until about 10:30, then the 6-year-old made it until 11:15. I managed to keep shaking my husband awake so I could get a kiss at midnight, then we promptly went to bed. But in the spirit of the “Wishing Tree” Christmas special, (for those who have seen it already,) we went to see “The Greatest Showman”. And while we were gone, my mother did some post-Christmas baking with my daughters and nieces. I’ve included a picture of what the original cookies look like, as well as my niece’s personal creation. And on top of that, my daughter said, “Oh! Hooked Heartie! I get it!” Do you get it?

 So, let’s move on to the #MomentMonday portion of today’s blog, the portion with the fireworks! Actually, there are SO MANY incredible moments, I’m afraid I won’t be able to pick just one. So sorry you’ll have to suffer! “Let’s start at the very beginning: a very good place to start.” Jack’s revelation that he saw Charles propose. Arg! One thing I was really glad of is at least it was brought out in the open at the very beginning; Jack didn’t putter around in a bad mood for half the episode without telling Elizabeth why. But the moment that gets me the most is when Elizabeth says, “Then let me convince you,” and tries to kiss him. The tensing muscles in his neck are so visible, they almost pop out. You can tell it’s a very real internal battle for Jack; he wants to kiss her SO badly, but doesn’t feel he can. Then the dejected look of total rejection on Elizabeth’s face makes you want to burst into tears! Thank heavens he later reassures her with, “And Elizabeth, you were very convincing before.” Ooh la LA!

As my friend Sarah pointed out, this seems to be when Lee and Rosemary really reach a turning point. So my next moment is theirs. “Lee Coulter, you take that back!” “No!” He reached his resolution. That’s when Rosemary knows she’s met her match, and he won’t let her get away with whatever “inspires” her at the moment. We also see, as an audience, that Lee knows how to handle her; and they’re going to be okay.

One moment I really love is when Jack and Elizabeth talk about her resolutions inspired by 1st Corinthians. Not only do they quote the Bible, but they reference it in the season finale too. I always love when they bring things back like that. I bet that’s why we loved the proposal even more than we would have. I also love that you feel each of them take an internal sigh of relief. They know, and we know, things are resolved.

The last moment I’ll mention is, of course, the final moment when the fireworks go off; literal and figurative. I have a soft spot for fireworks, so I loved watching the characters watch them with such delight. Then our hearts shoot off fireworks when Jack makes New Year’s Eve even “more perfect”. It’s the perfect conclusion after Jack’s refusal to kiss her in the beginning; and they’re both at peace, and blissfully in love!

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Good morning, Hearties. I owe all of you an apology. Wednesday, we left my in-laws’ to come home from Christmas, then the last 2 days, my kids decided to go NUTS! I’ll spare you the details. So, let’s talk Christmas episode! DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED IT!

As usual, let’s get the unpleasant junk out of the way first. I admit to being slightly disappointed with the reunion; it must be all that fan fiction I wrote. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked it, it just wasn’t as epic as I pictured after that amazing proposal and send-off. And it just happened so fast! I guess I was expecting a bit more build up. I have one comfort: last year’s Christmas episode seemed to leave me with a few blanks, but once I watched it with the season 4 episodes, it fit better, and I liked it better. So maybe that’s what will happen with this one too. Maybe his permanent return will be…more, longer even.

Let’s get to the good stuff now. Despite the fact that the reunion wasn’t epic enough for me personally, I still liked it. There’s nothing quite like the man you love whispering in your ear; just like there’s nothing quite like that same man locking foreheads with you, and kissing you senseless to prove he’s really home. Be still my beating heart!!! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Erin and Dan are SO good at conveying the passion the characters have for each other without making it sexual or dirty. It’s one of my favorite things about this show!

Another part I absolutely loved was their Christmas Eve dinner. That scene was reminiscent of the old Jack and Elizabeth. As a side note, may I take a moment to once again applaud Daniel Lissing’s acting. He played Jack dealing with the pain and images of war SO WELL! He was stoic and serious, even reserved. Then something would provoke a smile, and his old self would shine through. The dinner was the perfect example of this. He was still being a little serious, even with Elizabeth. Then he opened her pillow, and she read the rings, and his enthusiastic response just made me tear up. Plus they both said “I love you”, which as we all know, only gets written into the script on special occasions.

Moving on from Jack and Elizabeth, who didn’t laugh their heads off at Lee and Rosemary here? Oh my gosh! They were precious! I especially loved Lee’s VERY QUICK reaction to Jack asking for help. “You’ll be more well read.” And Rosemary literally bowing to Bill’s wishes…hysterical!

Well dear friends, I have a million more thoughts on the episode, but I’m afraid pregnancy fatigue wins this battle. I’ll be back on New Year’s Day, that I can PROMISE!

 

Okay, admit it: you sang the title, didn’t you? Welcome to the one and only #MerryChristmasMonday… at least for another 7 years or so. Well, the day has arrived. As I’m typing this, there are a mere 7 hours and 40 minutes until my premiere time! My mother-in-law, 3 of my sisters-in-law, my oldest daughter, even one brother-in-law, will all be gathered around the TV with our hot cocoa and our tissues. I’m going to see if I can convince my husband to watch too. That can be my Christmas present to make up for not getting me a Heartie ornament or cookbook.

So how was everyone’s Christmas? We had quite the flurry of activity over here. I was up before my kids! It totally was the pregnancy; wink, wink. Santa brought me this beautiful necklace. It was in my stocking. He must know me pretty well! Appropriate, isn’t it?

 

 My “kids” got me this beautiful scarf covered with heart emojis. They know me so well too! Actually, my daughter wrote me a beautiful letter as a Christmas present, and at the end, she wrote “you are a hordy”, (you are a Heartie)! But I am TOTALLY wearing this scarf when I watch tonight!

So how is it going to happen tonight? I know the pictures suggest it will happen a certain way. I admit, it doesn’t APPEAR to be as epic as I pictured, but looks can be deceiving. No matter how it happens, I know it will be beautiful. Obviously I can’t write about it now, but I’ll be posting reactions to the movie either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Well, Hearties, MERRY CHRISTMAS! Have a great time watching the movie; either tonight, or whenever you get to. May you feel the peace of the holiday season, even after today is over.

 

Hello, all! Once again, I “heartily” apologize for not posting yesterday; I know you were all waiting with baited breath! It was Christmas cookie baking, making sure my toddler didn’t destroy the house, falling asleep because the exertion and pregnancy overtook me, then having an early Christmas with my mother and a dear friend before they went out of town for Christmas. The blog kind of fell through the cracks. So welcome to the very first edition of #I’mSorrySaturday to make up for yesterday.

I thought the best, (and most logical!) course of action would be to have a #FlashbackFriday of Season 4’s Christmas movie. Sigh! Can you say magical??? And here’s a fun tip to start things off. Terence Kelly, who played the angel figure of Sam Bailey, was in a Hallmark version of Titanic with Kavan Smith (Lee) back in the 90’s. Cool, huh? It also starred Peter Gallagher and Catherine Zeta-Jones, if you’re interested in finding it.

So, back to our true topic. Once again, we get a true sense of community and real love in the face of opposition…as well as just how much pure caffeine affects Bill. The spark of energy in his eyes when he talks about tracking Billy the Kid with that “coffee from south of the border” is almost scary. But seriously, seeing all those adults stay up all night, and Jack and Elizabeth giving up the Mountie Christmas Ball, just to make sure the town had a beautiful Christmas was so inspiring. It reminds us nowadays that we shouldn’t give up so quickly, that hopeless situations can be possible with just a little bit of effort and creativity. Then there’s Cody…giving up his prized autographed baseball so Maggie could have her Bitty Betsy Doll; there aren’t many 10-11-year-old boys who would be so selfless.

One more insightful thought before I move to the humorous parts: Harper. Who could deny the impact of that adorable face, coupled with his sweet voice, and child’s wisdom? For him to be the one to get through to his mother when Pastor Frank couldn’t is so poignant. “Out of the mouths of babes,” right? His heartfelt speech is actually what gave me the idea for the first part of the story I posted last Friday. I love that he wants to healthily hold onto his father’s memory, and teaches that to his mother, who is unhealthily pushing those thoughts away.

Now to some of my favorite parts. First of all, how MEAN of the writers to trick us into thinking Jack was going to propose when he dropped that ornament, then asked her to the ball instead! Don’t get me wrong, the invitation to the ball was lovely, but…Grr! At least we can look back and laugh now that the ring is on the finger.

Rosemary just cracks me up in this one! First she tries to change the Christmas arrangements the moment she’s back in town, then she springs the news that she’s moving next door to Elizabeth, then the incident with the pin…the list goes on and on. Her expression when trying to describe her feelings about it to Jack: my belly shook like a bowl full of jelly! Then Jack’s lecture, including the fantastic, “You will act surprised and delighted!…You’re a very talented actress.” Just a classic moment! In fact, it inspired a real-life situation: I bought my friend Sarah Nitsch, (also a Heartie,) a spider pin for her birthday; she never saw it coming!

Well, dear Hearties, I’m sorry to not go on. Frankly, I could go on for pages and pages about how incredible this story is, but it IS Christmas Eve Eve! So much to do! And it’s only 2 more days until someone comes to town!!! I will be posting a very short blog on Christmas, then the reaction to the episode will probably be on Tuesday or Wednesday. Have a safe holiday preparation!

Sorry everyone! Today turned into #FreakyFriday with all the Christmas cookie baking I had to do. So I’ll do a real post tomorrow for #I’mSorrySaturday. In the meantime, my mom is leaving for Christmas, so I got to open some things early! Merry Christmas to me! Seasons 1-3 of WCTH! (I already own Season 4!) And I’m wearing the necklace my dear friend Sarah Nitsch sent me for Christmas! So pardon the pregnant tummy, and enjoy the picture. 😀