Shannon here: Erica Vetsch shares heart-rending insight into her real life romance plus an interview with her characters from her latest Historical Romance, My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, TX. Comment or answer the question at the end of this post to enter the drawing. Reader’s Choice of ebook or print. US Only. Deadline: Feb 4th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Erica:
Another Chapter in a Real Life Romance of Erica Vetsch
Just about five years ago, I was a guest blogger here on the Inkslinger Blog, talking about my real life romance with the love of my life, Peter. We had been married 22 years, had two children who were nearly grown, and life was good. We were in love still, even more than when we said, “I do.”
Five years on, a lot has happened. We have now been married 27 years, we still have two children who are now grown, and life is good. Our love had grown, steady and sure.
We’ve lived and loved and matured and grown. Mostly through little, every-day things. Graduating our son from our home-school, graduating our daughter from college, helping our son move into an apartment of his own, house-hunting with the daughter. Home improvement projects, contracts for new novels, the expansion of the family business.
Then there was the summer of 2016.
My darling husband was diagnosed with cancer. A Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumor. A Sarcoma.
I’ll tell you, the moment a doctor says “Cancer,” time stops, you feel as if you’re hearing someone speak underwater, and a huge clock starts ticking in your head.
That moment became a continental divide in my life. There were times before we knew. There are times after we knew.
It is at that time that all the mundane in the world is what you crave. You want those easy days of ordinary things. Scary things come at you fast. Surgery, recovery, doctors, scans, blood tests. Chemo pills, insurance, appointments threaten to overwhelm you, and all the while you’re wondering what happens now?
And through it all, intense, immediate, all-consuming love.
There have been tears, there has been a lot of prayer, and surprisingly, there has been laughter. We feel things more deeply, and we express those feelings more readily. We know the reality of not being promised tomorrow, and we are learning to trust and lean on God’s strength for today. Our hope rests in the promises of our forever future, and our eyes are fixed on that eternal goal.
This journey through cancer will, I hope, be a long one. I hope we have a lot of routine CT scans and blood tests ahead of us. As of now, the doctors are declaring my husband cancer-free, and the chemo he is taking is to assure that no cancer will return. And because God has proven His faithfulness over and over, we rest in the assurance that no matter what the coming days and years bring, He is strong enough to carry us through.
About Erica: Multi-published, best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and college basketball. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks. You can connect with her at www.ericavetsch.com where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/EricaVetschAuthor/ where she spends way too much time!
About the book – My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss Texas: Journey to Fort Bliss, Texas, where a battle of emotions versus ideals is about to be waged. When a high-steppin’ eastern fashion artist, Priscilla Hutchens, swoops down on the fort to gain custody of her twin niece and nephew she is met with resistance by their uncle, post surgeon Major Elliot Ryder, who thinks he knows what is best for them. Who will win the battle? Or will a truce be called for the sake of love and family?
Question for Readers: God is faithful! Tell me something that happened in your life where God showed up in a big way in the last five years!
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