Keli Gwyn
Romantic First Date Revisited

Where did you go on your first date?

Gwynly and I went out to dinner at Scotts on the Embarcadero
in San Francisco and enjoyed a fancy fish dinner. Afterward
we crashed the Junior-Senior Prom at the high school
where he was teaching, held at a restaurant in Berkeley.

First Date

I figure we’re one of the few couples who received an 8×10 photograph
to commemorate the event. The photographer wanted us to get all cozy
as prom couples are apt to do, but I insisted we keep things semi-formal.
It was our first date, after all.


Earlier this month we were able to relive our first date.

PHS Prom 2

We volunteered to count the royalty ballots at his high school’s prom.

PHS Prom 3

Unlike our first prom when I was ill-at-ease, this experience was wonderful.
I had a great time talking with the young people and admiring their finery.

PHS Prom 1

The best part of the evening, though, was spending time
with my guy as we relived a special memory.


I’d love to hear about your first date.
Where did you go? What did you do?
What made the date extra special for you?
~ or~
Feel free to share a prom memory.


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Recommended Read: Catch a Falling Star by Beth Vogt

Are you a fan of contemporary romances
with characters who capture your heart?

If so, Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt
is a story worth checking out.

And just look at that cover. Is it great, or what?


About the Story

What does a girl do when life doesn’t go according to her plan? At thirty-six, Kendall Haynes has seen some of her dreams come true. She’s a family physician helping kids with severe allergies and asthma achieve more fulfilling lives—a childhood struggle she knows all too well. But are Kendall’s dreams of having it all—a career, a husband, children—nothing more than a childhood fantasy? God says He knows the plans He has for her—why can’t Kendall figure them out and be content with her life?

Griffin Walker prefers flying solo—both as an Air Force pilot and in his personal life. But a wrong choice and health problems pulled him out of the cockpit. His attempts to get out of “flying a desk” are complicated by his parents’ death—making Griffin the reluctant guardian of his sixteen-year-old brother, Ian. How did his life get so off course? Can he get his life back on track…or has there been a divine plan all along?

Catch a Falling Star reminds readers that romance isn’t just for twenty-somethings and that sometimes letting go of your “wish I may, wish I might” dreams is the only way to embrace everything God has waiting for you.


My Thoughts

Like many readers of Beth’s latest release have said, Catch a Falling Star kept me up late. I was so engrossed in the story I’d intend to read one chapter but would end up reading another, and that often turned into two, three, four, or more, making for several late nights.

The characters pulled me in from the beginning. Dr. Kendall Haynes and grounded Air Force pilot Lieutenant Colonel Griffin Walker get off to a rocky start, and that’s the start of a captivating tale of two independent people whose road to romance is a rocky as the back roads they like to traverse in their beloved Jeeps.

While I enjoyed the story as a whole, two elements in particular added to my enjoyment. The first is that Kendall and Griffin aren’t your usual twenty-something twosome with the starry-eyed ideals of youth. She’s a successful on-the-shelf thirty-six-year-old career woman, and he’s a thirty-eight-year-old man who’s ruled out marriage. Watching two people who have all but given up on love and romance find just that is heartwarming.

Another element I enjoyed is the fact that the characters aren’t perfect. Both have issues to overcome and lessons to learn. Griffin made some mistakes early in life before he became a believer, mistakes that have lasting consequences. Kendall has dreamed of having it all–career, marriage, and kids–for so long that she’s willing to settle for less than the best rather than trusting the Lord to lead her to the man he has for her.

Watching Kendall and Griffin grow and change as they face a series of challenges and discover God’s plans for them is encouraging. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, but we can trust Him with our futures, a message that comes through without being preachy or in-your-face.

Beth is a talented storyteller who has written a story sure to delight romance readers of all ages, and I highly recommend it.


Questions for You

Do you enjoy romances with older-than-usual characters?

Does a flawed character with lessons to learn add to your enjoyment?

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The Waiting Game

How do you handle waiting?NCIS

Most days I do OK with it,
but this is not one of them.

I’m waiting in many areas of my life,
and I’m not handling it as well as I’d like.

And what am I waiting for?

Here are just a few of the items on my list:

1. I’m waiting to find out what’s wrong with my heel. For the past two and a half months, I’ve been limping around. I saw the doctor a month ago, and he thought I might have a bruised heel. A return visit this week ruled that out. I’ll be undergoing an X-ray to see if it’s a bone issue. If not, I’ll be on an anti-inflammatory for a month to see if the pain goes away. If so, that will indicate I injured the tendons in my foot.

2. I’m waiting to get a green light to exercise again. I had to give up my walking a month ago due to my sore heel. Our ballroom dance class and my Curves workouts are out, too, until we figure out what’s wrong. I never thought I would miss exercise, but I do–greatly.

3. I’m waiting for the end of the school year, so I can spend more time with Gwynly. He often joins me on my walks, but he’s had to walk alone the past few weeks. I really miss that time with him.

4. I’m waiting for my hair to grow out. I changed hairstylists and didn’t communicate what I wanted clearly enough. The result was a cut with some “blending” that left sections of my hair much shorter than normal. Call me vain, but dealing with bad hair days for weeks on end is a bit depressing.

5. I’m waiting for several books to be released. I have plenty of them in my To-Be-Read stacks, of course, but there are some great stories coming out in the next few months that I’m eager to enjoy.

6. I’m waiting for NCIS season 10 to come out on Netflix. Gwynly and I were a bit behind the times and only recently discovered this awesome show. We’ve blasted through the first nine seasons and are eager to watch the next one.


Questions for You

What are you waiting for?

How do you handle waiting times?

Are you as captivated by NCIS as I am?

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