Thursday, December 12, 2013
Every mother (and father) out there treasures each time their child tells them they love them. Makes your heart all warm and fuzzy and fills your soul with joy. However, when spoken in a breathless rush and in a tone full of panic and fear, the heart of the parent turns stone cold.
Just like mine did last night at 6:09 p.m. You see, while I was driving home from work, my son Frankie called me and those were the first words that tumbled out of his mouth when I answered. Even though my blood ran cold and my heart jumped into my throat, I did my best to remain calm and replied, "Well, I love you too, son. What's wrong?"
"I can't believe it. I just can't. We...me and Diane...we just had a wreck. A semi hit us on I-30."
I was in the midst of rush hour traffic and almost had a wreck myself when I heard those words.
"Where are you? And are you sure you're okay? Are the police there?"
"In front of Waffle House in Benton. Yeah, oh Jesus mom. It's a miracle. Neither of us have a scratch. Not one scratch."
I turned my emergency flashers on and weaved in and out of traffic like a crazy woman while I continued to talk to him on the phone. Never, in my whole life, had I been more happy to hear his voice. I could hear the sirens in the background and the noise of the traffic through the phone. I pulled out every trick a mother uses to maintain a calm facade as I spoke to him in a quiet voice, assuring him I was on my way and to just stay put until I got there.
As I pushed my car to it's limit on the freeway, zig-zagging through the other vehicles, he called back.
"Mom...meet us at the house. The tow truck is taking us home."
"Son, are you sure neither of you need to go to the hospital?"
"We are fine. Just meet us at my house."
My head spun. Hit, by a semi on the freeway, and yet no injuries or trip to the hospital? I thanked the Lord above out loud as I drove. In a few minutes, I pulled up at his house next to the wrecker that was unloading Diane's car in the driveway. Only minor damage to the front and back quarter panels, not a window broken or major damage. I felt my nerves settle a bit, assuming that the terror of being in an accident tainted Frankie's views on the magnitude.
That was, until I walked up to the gentleman who had just finished unloading the car. He said he'd seen the entire accident unfold in front of him (he was about 1/2 mile behind Frankie and Diane on the freeway) and saw the entire thing. The semi had come up fast behind their car, then swerved over into the left lane to pass them. Then, without warning, the truck drifted over and slammed into the left driver's side quarter panel and the little Pontiac spun completely around, bounced off the divider wall, caught the tail end of the trailer on the semi, completed another circle then came to a dead stop--facing oncoming traffic.
I didn't listen to anymore. I just ran inside and grabbed my child. My 6' baby was shaking like a leaf, his face still pale. We both collapsed into each other's arms and sobbed. He, for his near brush with death and miraculous survival and me for still being able to hold him.
Once we stopped crying, he and Diane recounted the entire horrific tale. I sat in his living room and tried to absorb it all while I listened, tears streaming down my face at the knowledge of just how close I came to losing my only child. When the story was finished and the reality hit home that a miracle had happened, Frankie told me the last, but most important, piece.
"We were almost home and I looked over to my right and noticed a new billboard that said, 'Have you lost your faith in GOD?' and thought to myself, 'Nope' but before I could even comment on it to Diane, the truck hit us. In those split seconds, while we spun and screamed, I thought it was my time and that I would never see you or Dad again. I prayed inside my head for God to spare us. And He did. So no, I haven't lost my faith at all. In fact, it's stronger than ever."
And believe me, so is mine. Thank you Jesus for the early Christmas miracle.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Tour with Jane Lark.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The week-long book tour for Oswald and I was an amazing success. I still can't believe at times that my husband and I were blessed to take part in such a historic event. Seriously, how often do you have the opportunity in life to help make someone else's dream come true?
Our first stop was on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Country Club Village Retirement Community. This was a perfect choice to kick off the tour, since it is not only where Ms. Daisy lives, but where we met and what started the proverbial "ball rolling" to bring her husband's story to print. A huge thank you to the staff of Country Club Village for helping us put together a successful launch, especially Linda Gothard and Diana Hall.
This stop opened the door to another great happening! The editor of AY Magazine happened to be at the Fox 16 studio that morning and was so enamored with Ms. Daisy that she requested an interview and photo shoot for the January, 2014 edition of AY Magazine. So, after our few seconds on air, we raced off to the photo shoot, where Ms. Daisy hammed it up!
Then, it was off to the Clinton Library for lunch. Afterwards, another signed copy was presented to the Central Arkansas Library.
And the last stop for the day was to present a signed copy to Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas.
Wednesday, November 20th was a BUSY day. It started out at 7:00 a.m. with a radio interview at KZNG Talk Radio, hosted by Dick Antoine. By 8:00 a.m., we were on our way to Little Rock again, this time to present a copy to Gov. Beebe at the State Capitol.
We had just enough time to grab a nice lunch then race back to Hot Springs for another book signing. This time, the lovely ladies over at Casa Bella hosted us--and we sold out of books!
That night, all of us crashed early because we had to get up at the crack of dawn to head to Dallas the next day.
Thursday, November 21st was the day we headed to Dallas. Fortunately, we only had one stop on the agenda that day. I knew it would be an emotional one for both Ms. Daisy and Ms. Vicki because the stop was at the Dallas Police Department.
We experienced some interesting events along the way. Vicki left her wallet at the McDonald's in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Unfortunately, this was not discovered until we arrived in Dallas! A few moments of panic ensued as we re-traced our drive from Arkansas to Texas. With a few clicks on my smartphone, the number to the Arkadelphia McDonald's popped up and the call was made. Sure enough, her wallet was still there and the manager said they would hold it in the safe until we returned. Our original plan was to leave Texas on Sunday to return home, but a wicked winter weather storm was approaching, so we left late Saturday afternoon. We pulled in to the Arkadelphia McDonald's around 9:00 p.m. and picked up Vicki's wallet--with not one single dollar missing.
The other unexpected event was the fact that I was fighting what I originally thought was a massive allergy attack. Turns out it was a nasty cold--and I became Typhoid Mary and infected everybody. Ms. Daisy and Vicki are still sick!
In the end, it was worth every bit of unexpected pitfalls. The joy of seeing Ms. Daisy and Ms. Vicki beam from ear to ear with each handshake, each presentation, each signature in Mr. McDonald's book was beyond priceless. It was an experience that none of us, including my ever patient and loving husband Michael (who was the actual driver during our trip) will never forget.
Ms. Daisy happens to be a phenomenal painter and is quite well known for her artist abilities. I am honored that she gifted me this painting, which now hangs in my living room.
Ms. Daisy said her "ladies" come to her and she paints them. Sometimes, she never knows where the images come from. This time, she said she knew when she was painting this picture, the woman in it would become part of her life. I cried when she gave it to me and said "and now she has."
Thursday, November 21, 2013
A skeptic, a ghost hunter, a tech genius, and a medium. Will the spirits win?
Today is release day for the highly anticipated haunted romance from bestselling author Katie Jennings, SO FELL THE SPARROW!
Available in both paperback and eBook on Amazon, HERE!
After the tragic death of her parents, Dr. Grace Sullivan inherits more than she bargained for. An empty house she’s never heard of, a nosy neighbor, and the restless spirits of a violent, century old murder. A hard-nosed skeptic, Grace refuses to believe in ghosts despite hearing sounds and seeing things that can’t be explained. When she unearths antique furniture from the basement, the spirits become agitated and dangerous. Ian Black and Alex Gallagher, a team of ghost hunters, come in to investigate. Still denying the paranormal events in her home, Grace can’t bring herself to take the ghost hunters or the psychic medium who teams up with them seriously. As Grace struggles with her grief and the feelings she’s developing for headstrong Ian, the disturbing mystery of the house deepens. Now she’ll have to face the unbelievable before the spirits claim her for their own.Watch the teaser trailer: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsobfewN9Q0&w=420&h=315]
Meet Katie Jennings…International bestselling Author Katie Jennings is the author of seven full length novels, including the popular fantasy series The Dryad Quartet as well as the bestselling family drama series The Vasser Legacy. She lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and cat, who both think she’s the biggest nerd ever. She’s a firm believer in happy endings and loves nothing more than a great romance novel. You can find out more about Katie on her official website, www.katieajennings.com.