Brenda S. Anderson – Real Life Romance – Part 2 of 3

Shannon here: My awesome critique partner, Brenda S. Anderson is back with us today to share her wedding. Comment on any post dated May 19 – 23 to enter the drawing for a copy of her debut romantic family drama, Chain of Mercy. Deadline: May 31st, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Brenda:

Brenda Sing Together at WeddingBrenda's coverI love music: singing, playing guitar or piano, or just listening to other musicians. My best friends are musicians. My entire family loves to sing, and we even harmonize with each other. Just recently, my daughter blessed me by asking to join her in a duet at her college senior recital. Now that was special!

I believe God uses music to speak to the heart; He definitely speaks to mine.

My husband, however, grew up in a family that absolutely cannot sing. They appreciate music, and most play some instrument, but when they try to sing? Cringe. If you enjoy listening to ten sliding keys sung at once, then you’d appreciate their rendition of Happy Birthday. It’s seriously painful.

Ironically, my husband can sing. So, when planning our wedding, we knew it would be filled with music. I tapped my two best friends and an aunt to sing prelude solos. My aunt and a friend shared organ duties, while another played flute, and immediately before the processional, I sang Roger Copeland’s The Bridal Prayer from the balcony. In our wedding video, you can see my dad standing in the doorway to the steps, doing his best to hold it together.Toward the middle of the ceremony, the congregation sang a hymn, then after the vows, a very talented quartet sang Lutkin’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You.

Following the lighting of the unity candle, a duet was planned. The pastor and the pianist were the only people who knew who the singers were. My husband and I lit the candle then took each other’s hand as the pianist played the introduction to He Has Chosen You For Me by Pat Terry. Marvin and I took a deep breath … then started singing to each other.

Unbeknownst to us was the waterfall of tears dropping all around the church. My mother-in-law said she kept looking for the singers then finally realized it was her son singing. She teared up. My bridesmaids all cried. The groomsmen sniffled. Even the pastor wiped below his eyes. And yes, the video has proof.

The duet was our gift to each other and to the congregation. 26 years later, people still remember our wedding. I’m thinking maybe four years from now, when we celebrate 30 years together, we’ll have to try it again.

About Brenda: Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty, life-affirming fiction that offers hope and reminds the reader they’re not alone. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is currently President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 26 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.

Her debut novel, Chain of Mercy, Book #1 in the Coming Home series, released April 22, 2014, and Pieces of Granite, the prequel to Chain of Mercy, is scheduled to release on September 16, 2014!

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About the book – Chain of Mercy, Book #1 in the Coming Home Series:

They forgave him for the accident that killed their son, but he will never forgive himself.

Manhattan businessman Richard Brooks was at the top of the world, drunk with success, wealth, and women. Until one disastrous evening, when his world came crashing down.

Richard flees to Minneapolis where he repairs ancient boilers instead of solving corporate problems, and he’s determined to live the solitary life he now deserves.

But Executive Sheila Peterson has other plans for the handsome custodian. Richard appears to be the perfect match for the no-strings-attached romance she’s after, but she soon discovers that he’s hiding more than the designer suits in his closet.

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Come back May 23rd for Brenda’s interview & excerpt!

14 Responses to “Brenda S. Anderson – Real Life Romance – Part 2 of 3”

  • angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  • Joan Arning says:

    Wedding sounds beautiful!

  • Vicki says:

    Sounds lik you did a great job in planning your wedding, so it would be special to you. Then, the surprise duet at the end, was priceless. I sang in a trio in HS, & my two friends sang all the songs in our wedding 40+ years ago! My hubby is kind of like your hubby’s family, except he is included in that scenario, so no singing by him. LOL. Actually, I will see he isn’t all that bad, but then he will come to a note here and there, where is is way off and although he can hear when someone else is off, he can not hear when he himself is off–so safer to skip it. We renewed our vows at 25 yrs & one of my two friends was able to be there and sing some of the same songs, which was a blessing. Interestingly enough, while we were anticipating the 1st of our grandbabies, she was on a different track–having just given birth to her planned, (yet surprise for everyone else) third baby a few months before….

  • Vicki says:

    Oh–please add me to the giveaway too–thanks!

  • Patty says:

    How special! I love music, but don’t have an especially musically inclined family. I don’t play any instruments and can sing just a bit I suppose.

    Would love to win Brenda’s debut novel.

  • @Vicki – thanks for sharing your wedding music story, too! Sounds wonderful!

  • @Patty – I”m blessed to come from a music-loving family. We’re far from professional grade, but we do all right. 😉

  • Barb Miller says:

    After all these years knowing Brenda, I had not heard that story! That is great! I just wanna know why you never sang to the kids at play group? They would have loved your renditions of Itsy bitsy spider!

  • @Barb – I never did sing at play group, did I? Huh… But my kids’ll tell you I sang to them alllll the time! Our daughter caught that singing bug too. 🙂

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    What a sweet memory. Thanx for the giveaway!

  • chris granville says:

    Sounds like a great book
    God bless you
    Chris Granville

  • Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer & Chris!

  • Melanie Backus says:

    Brenda, I know the moment you and your husband sang to each other had to be one of the most memorable times of your lives. I love music and I love to sing as well. Music is good for the soul.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  • It was special, Melanie. Definitely a memory-maker, and not just for us. Even now, friends remember that part of our wedding. 🙂

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