Paula Mowery – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 3

Shannon here: Contemporary romance author, Paula Mowery shares insight into her real life romance & a chance to win an e-book copy of her latest release, Legacy & Love, a 2 in 1 collection. Answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Sept 27th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Paula:

Paula_Mowery[1]Paula_Mowery_&_hubby[1]Legacy & Love by Paula Mowery

How hubby and I met and proposal

Every married couple has their own story of how and when they met. If my husband and I really took it all the way back to when we originally met, we would start in first grade. However, we had little to do with each other at that time, seeing as I didn’t care to catch his boy cooties and he preferred to stay clear of my girl cooties.

Middle school was a different story. We began to eye each other across the quad. Then came that fateful day of the “Will you go with me?” and my yes. But, our love was not to be because I moved to the next town and we broke up.

Two years later I returned to my hometown and high school to find my middle school beau was still around and we still had eyes for each other. We started dating in our sophomore year. When Keith got his senior class ring, I wore it proudly on my pointer finger.

We attended colleges only about an hour away from home so we met up on the weekends to see each other and wrote letters to each other during the week.

Seven years together and I was beginning to wonder if he would ever propose to me. When I asked, he would say, “I have to get my ducks in a row.” I started replying to this with, “I didn’t even know you had ducks.”

On my graduation day from college, Keith stood with my parents, grandfather, one of my college teachers, and me just outside of my parent’s conversion van. As we awaited time for the ceremony, Keith handed me a wrapped gift. I opened it to find a Precious Moments figurine of a girl and a boy. The boy knelt in front of the girl with a ring and a note marked with check yes or no. I had waited so long for his proposal but was oblivious on this day.

Keith asked, “So will you?” At my confused expression, he turned to my father and asked for my hand. Now, I was starting to get a clue.

I blurted, “Of course I’ll marry you.”

Keith reached into his pocket and pulled out a smaller box. “You could probably carry this better than the figurine during your graduation.”

I melted as he pushed the engagement ring onto my finger.

Graduation blurred in contrast. They say I did walk across the stage and get my diploma, but all I saw was that diamond on my hand.

Five months later, I married that cootie-ridden boy from first grade. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of that wonderful day.

About Paula: Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy & Love is her first solo romance.

Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com or enjoy her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com. You can also check out her blog for Christian writers at www.ccwcu.blogspot.com.

About the  Book – Legacy & Love:

The Prayer Shawl: Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?

Inheritance: Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.

Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia. Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?

Did you or anyone you know marry someone met in elementary school?

Come back Sept 17th for a tour of Paula’s office!

7 Responses to “Paula Mowery – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 3”

  • Vicki says:

    The love story that I will share is between my oldest daughter and her husband. They were not in elementary school; however, they met on the teeter-totters! It was at our church district, ‘Old Fashioned Campmeeting’ on the playground. At that point they only knew each other’s first name, but each year they looked forward to seeing each other. Finally, when Tabitha was 14, they shared their last names with each other and Godan’s parents & my hubby & I made an effort to provide them with time together & they began ‘going out together’. Since we lived in different towns it took an effort on the parents side, but made it more like ‘courting’. After some time went by, Tabitha decided that Gordan was ‘boring’ & broke up with him.

    Several years later Gordan called and invited Tabitha (& the rest of the family as well) to come to a Revival Service at his church. Tabitha was uncertain, because she thought he was conceited, but decided to go anyway. From that point on, they became an official ‘couple ‘ (yes, she decided he was so conceited anymore), and within a few months they were engaged & married.

    They are now a family of 7, with there youngest baby now 5 months old!
    Vicki

  • Paula Mowery says:

    Vicki, That’s a great story. My hubby and I often joke that we didn’t like each other in elementary school because we had cooties and didn’t dare want to catch them from each other. LOL

  • Vicki says:

    FYI–the way I found out they were engaged is kind of a funny stray. I was working as a Teacher Assistant aka TA, at our private Christian school, which rented two rooms from a former elementary school, that turned into many different schools, including a Montessori school, a home school group, an alternative HS, as well as our Christian Jr. hi and HS. As a TA my job often included going to the office to make copies of needed sheets for our school, and I was surprised one day, to find out that the secretary was from the same school district that we lived in and her son had dated Tabitha’s best friend for awhile. One day, when I went to the office to make some copies, the secretary said, “I hear congratulations are in order for your daughter being engaged”. I didn’t know! LOL I said, “Oh, is that what they are telling people now?” The poor secretary felt so bad! “Oh, I didn’t know it was a secret–I’m so sorry!”

    I had the rest of the school day before I would see my daughter, and although my first reaction was–“no! She’s too young!” having the rest of the day to think about it, & realized that even if they got married right away, she would still be older than I was, when I got married. When I saw her, I said, “So! I hear you are engaged!” She stuttered a little and said, “it isn’t a secret–I just didn’t know how to tell you guys and didn’t know how Daddy would take it”… LOL

  • Brooke Cox says:

    I love this story. How awesome to have met your future spouse in first grade. I truly believe in forever love. Of course we have that with our Savior, but romantic forever love is different and it takes a relationship with our Savior to really achieve it!

  • chris granville says:

    God bless you Paula……..
    Chris

  • Melanie Backus says:

    Love your story!

    melback at cebridge dot net

  • My husband and I both remember being at my grandmother’s house when we were kids. Our families were friends. I remember a bunch of little boys being there and he remembers a bunch of little girls being there. We remember playing the same games. We didn’t officially meet until we were in the 10th grade. My parents grew up in the same town and probably met before elementary school.

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