Unexpected Gifts

Unexpected Gifts was the original, working title for my very first published book, A Rendezvous to Remember. For some odd reason that phrase has popped into my thoughts today, and I want to share that each and every one of you is an unexpected gift to me. I’d always dreamed of being a published author, but I never imagined what an absolute joy each and every reader would be to me. Whether we meet here, on my Facebook page, or at a book signing, it’s always a gift to me.

Who or what has been an unexpected gift in your life?


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  1. The birth of my youngest child because I was told I couldn’t have anymore and when he was born he wasn’t expected to live now he is 25 yrs old.

  2. An unexpected gift in life was when a ex-boyfriend persuaded me to take ballroom dancing lessons with him. I was shocked to learn that I have talent. Years later, I still can’t believe that I know how to dance.

  3. I would have to say that my facebook friendships with so many wonderful authors has been my unexpected gift. I never thought I would make such fantastic connections.

    I love the cover of the new book and can’t wait to read it. It will be a nice reminder of home, now that my husband and I are in Germany for the next several years.

    I also love the USNA bag that is part of the prize, since I have such wonderful memories from there myself (husband ’83, brother ’85)

  4. My husband. Even though we’ve been together 28 years, I didn’t even believe we’d end up together. I am disabled now and he sooo takes care of me. Very unexpected to be honest. Thanks for the chance and congrats on livin the dream!!!

  5. I would love to win. Wishing you much success with this book. My most unexpected gift was jewelry box from my daughter with a lovely message engraved.

  6. My youngest sister has become an unexpected gift since the day she was born. There are eleven years between us but we shared a bedroom when we were younger and with the passing of years we have become closer. I’m so thankful for her!

  7. My unexpected gift was to marry a man that loved cats as much as me. We operate a small shelter for elderly rescue cats, that have no place to go. He is hands on as much as me. He does all their meds, while I hold them. We medicate cats a couple of times a day, because they all have some health issues, and most of them have no teeth.

  8. This is awesome… unexpected gift to me was my best friend Dickie who was there for me through my divorce.. he babysat the kids for me and bought me new clothes to go out on dates because he wanted me to see there were other fish out there in the sea…. The third date I realized I wanted the man home watching my kids…. I came home and told him I wanted him… 24 years later we are still together,(married and he adopted the kids and hes been there for me as I recover from the strokes I had almost 2 years ago..) Dickie is my gift

  9. My unexpected gifts in my life are my 5 1/2 grandchildren and most of all my husband, my High school sweetheart who I was supposed to marry in the 60’s but was separated and found each other in 2012 and have been married ever since as if we never left off and blended our families! Thank you for the chance to win, I collect my favorite author’s signed books since I live where there is never books signings and have to either win them or write to the author to get a special book.

  10. I have to say my family. But more importantly, my 2 sisters. When I was younger, I used to think that they were always on my case and telling me what I should or shouldn’t do. But now since I have gotten older, I realize that the reason they did that is because they loved me and were only looking out for me. We now live together and sometimes we do argue but we will never stop loving each other.

  11. My unexpected gifts are my husband and my children. I was in high school when my parents divorced. It was brutal. I told my best friend I was never getting married and never having kids. I never want to put them through what I went through. I did get married and divorced. I was sitting at the bar with my best friend, waiting for our table, when this guy came up to us. I wanted nothing to do with him. Yet my best friend said, I should talk to him. Nope. Not happening. My best friend gave him my number and the rest is history. Sept 8 was our 35th anniversary.

  12. An unexpected gift in my life is my best friend. She has been there for me for 10 years, since our freshmen years of college. Without her friendship, my life wouldn’t be as good as it is now.

  13. My husband of 33 years. He was in the Navy and was stationed in California; Alameda/Oakland and San Diego.

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  14. I will never win ur contests. I live in Canada. In fact I live in Toronto. Wish u lots of luck in picking a winner

  15. My best gift is my husband. One year after we were married, I was diagnosed with MS. Instead of leaving me, which is very common when a woman is diagnosed, he has stuck with me through thick and thin. I know he will always be at my side.
    Great giveaway!

  16. Kind words or even a smile is an unexpected gift. They are nice to receive as well as give. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your awesome giveaway!

  17. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law have been unexpected gifts in my life. Since my beloved husband passed away 3 years ago, they have been here for me, doing lots of things I needed to have done. I am very grateful and love them dearly.

  18. My 2 boys are my unexpected gifts. After 4 miscarriages, we were told that I would never be able to carry a baby to term. I had my son, Cordell aka Cord five weeks early and he had to stay in NICU for a couple of weeks but otherwise perfectly healthy. Then 17 months later I gave birth to his little brother, Cameron aka Cam. I had to be induced for him because I couldn’t breath anymore. I’m very short (4’11”) and he was in my ribs. Love those boys with all my heart!

  19. My unexpected gifts have been my niece and nephew. I’ve never married or had children of my own but my brother and sister-in-law have always let me share and be part of their family. Fab giveaway, is it open internationally? I’m in the UK.

  20. one of my best unexpected gifts has been my nephew I helped raise him and he is like my own son. Would love to win thanks

  21. I always said I didn’t want children and I KNEW I didn’t. While working for a governmental agency, a baby was going to be put into foster care – one of OUR community’s babies, if someone didn’t step up and prevent it. I went to meet the baby; she was 8 months old at the time. Her foster mom at that time said she didn’t like strangers, so not to expect her to be really friendly during the first visit. I walked into the foster mom’s house; she had many, many babies so I had no idea which might be my potential daughter. No one had a photo of her. There was a little girl pulling up by the window in the foyer as I walked in. She smiled at me with the most beautiful smile I had ever seen and turned to me, lifting her tiny arms for me to pick her up. I walked on into the house to speak to the foster mom. She said, “Wow. I’ve never seen her do that before.” “Do what?” I said. “Go to a complete stranger,” the foster mom said.

    “Is this (Alexis)?” I asked.

    “Yes,” she replied.

    I knew right then that I held my daughter in my arms. We discovered almost immediately that her birth parents had conceived another child that was to be born when Alexis was 11 months old, so we began lobbying for adoption of that child, too.

    My husband and I went from 0-2 children in less than one month. My children may have been unexpected gifts, but GIFTS are exactly what they are. They are now 12 and 11 (almost 13 and 12). Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for both of them and the joy they have brought into my life.

  22. Losing my mother to cancer was grueling but in the 24 years since she passed away I have cherished my relationship with my father and we are best friends. He’s now 92!

  23. God has always provided what I needed in the appropriate time. My husband and kids were the big ones. Smaller ones, my career. I’ve been able to spend many years working with children, the last 17 as a school librarian. And when the situation became untenable through a change in administration, I went out on disability retirement.

  24. The deep affection my family has for one another, good friends and neighbors, and the wonderful friendship and support of my writing community.

  25. My grandchildren are my biggest gift. But I love my family. P.S. I want the dog in the picture too. LOL. He looks sweet.

  26. My husband and son have been my biggest gifts, but, unexpected gifts – that’s more difficult. I think my best unexpected gift is a talent for art, which I didn’t discover until a couple of years ago.

  27. My unexpected gift occurred a long time ago. I was in middle school and my parents (“Santa”) gave me a real Bundy flute for Christmas. I come from a large family so I have no idea to this day how they afforded such an extravagant gift. My love of music was fostered by this unexpected gift.

  28. The picture of the stroller full of books with a dog beside it, the dog stole my heart.
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  29. My gift is my boys. Boy 1 is the product of an abusive relationship. His donor tried to kill him numerous times. I am so blessed that he is still here. And I could not be prouder of the man he is becoming. Boy 2 is intellectually disabled and is never down. Life to him is always entertaining and he spreads his joy everywhere.

  30. My twin boys and a loving marriage of 42+ years, until he was called Home. We balanced each other and he adored the boys, who are now fine young men. Blessed also with knowing so many sterling people.

  31. My current unexpected gift is my Kitten “now a Cat” Kalli. I received her 9 months ago from my niece. She has helped me in so many ways to overcome my grief in the loss of my father last year.

  32. I’ve experienced an uncommon amount of loss and tragedy in my life from the very beginning. I’m so thankful that I’ve had the resilience to persevere. I’m not sure where it comes from, so I’m thankful for this unexpected gift.

  33. My hubby of almost 35 years. I have spent the best years of my life with him. He “gets me” and loves me warts and all.

  34. my little great-nephews are a joy – they are age 4 and 2 with a third expected in December. So much fun to watch them experience things for the first time.

  35. I would have to say my love for reading. It is my escape when I need one and my vacation when I can’t afford one. Neither of my parents, aunts, uncles or siblings are readers and of my four girls, only one loves reading as much as I. I truly enjoy the train and bus ride to and from work or late at night when everyone is sleeping because I can’t wait to get back to whatever book I am reading at the time.

  36. My greatest gift was given to me by my dear husband. I had always dreamed of renewing our vows on our 50th anniversary. On our 50th anniversary our sons escorted me down the aisle to their father. We renewed our vows with our sons and their families present.

  37. Now that my grandchildren are at the early teen ages, it has been a real joy to see them develop into a young lady and a wonderful young man. I am excited to see how they are growing up and maturing. An unexpected pleasure for sure.

  38. My stepmom, after my mom passed away. She became the glue in our family teaching us a whole new way to be a family full of Unconditional love.

  39. My children are unexpected gifts to me. Neither were planned, but what joy and love they have brought me in my life.

  40. Hi Geri, my dog of 14 years passed away and I got 2 cats that I love more than I thought possible. I never owned cats before. It has been a blessing since my girl sheba passed and an unexpected gift ♡ Thank you

  41. My son is my gift and the wonderful young man he has become. An unexpected gift was my cat Lucky who was saved from being run over at a construction site. She was only 4 weeks old. She has softened all our hearts especially my tough former cat hating husband who found her. Now you can’t pry the two of them apart at home.

  42. My unexpected gifts have been my cats. Almost all of them had been abandoned, wandered into our yard and adopted us.

  43. My gifts are my daughter, son, three grandchildren, son-in-law and two great friends, who have been their for me through thick and thin. Also I can’t forget my cat, Sidney. She was found wandering around when she was just a kitten. She part of the family. I can’t forget the Lord either. The Lord has always been with me and my Guardian Angel too.

  44. My gifts are my fiance and my family. Without them I would never have made it through my accident, recovery, rehab and struggles I deal with every day resulting from the accident. My Mom for being my BFF and my taxi to haul me to appointments and shopping. They make life in a wheelchair do-able!

  45. I married a man who loves me, But it came as an “unexpected gift” that he loves everyone. He accepts everyone just as they are, never finding faults, never gossiping, never making the slightest comment about mistakes they might have made. Needless to say, he has many, many friends and is a constant inspiration to me.

  46. My gifts are my grandma, my mom, my brothers, sister, and my niece and nephew. Also the gift of reading.

  47. The talent and ease I have for my arts and crafts, particularly my stained glasswork. Not everyone has creative flair.

  48. An unexpected gift in my life is my mother surviving breast cancer and still being with me today 11+ years later

  49. My gift is my husband. I was at an all time low when I met him and he has been there for me each and every time I have needed his support. You are new to me and I am looking forward to reading your books.

  50. When my husband fell on his bicycle last month, he “only” broke his hip socket (though very painful with a long healing process). Because he was wearing his helmet (that broke to smithereens), he did not have a brain injury too, and I am eternally thankful for this gift.

  51. My husband, children, and friends that are like family are the unexpected gifts in my life. They make every day a blessing to cherish (even when they are annoying me to no end; ha, ha).

  52. My gift is the gift of friendship. To be able to find a soulmate that understands without being intrusive yet can steer you on a straight course is a true blessing.

  53. I have read all of your books and being a retired CWO in a couple, maybe three you had a CWO that lost his leg. His saying was “Think about what you can do not what you can’t Do”. I had a near death experience in 2012 (Life support for 43 days,) try to remember what he said but a lot of his days it is very hard. Have told a lot of people where I came up with this quote.

  54. My greatest gift and remember it from when I was 6 years old was a gum machine (this was in the 50’s so most people won’t remember them). The gum machine wasn’t actually the biggest surprise, but our neighbor who was in the Army had been out playing pitch with the guys and brought all of his pennies home AND put them in my gum machine! Too many for the machine, but had to have them in my machine so filled it 3 times!

  55. The opportunity to have had my folks live as long as they did since they were in their 40’s when they had me.

  56. An unexpected gift I received was my second pregnancy. I lost my first child and was told that I probably would not conceive again.

  57. Secret Santa present of a Kindle Paperwhite. I’d obviously told the someone who sent it to me that I’d really wanted one ever since they came out and was hoping to buy one for myself that Christmas. Well, I actually ended up winning a regular Kindle through a friend naming me as a “pay-it-forward” contest so I was quite surprised to receive the Paperwhite a few days later knowing it was not the same. I ended up giving my sister the regular Kindle for her birthday a few months later.

  58. Love the puppy face in the giveaway. Unexpected gift was tickets to see a Broadway show from my husband and the pair of tickets were for me and my sister to go to see the show, He has been giving me that gift for the past several years.

  59. My unexpected gifts are my sons. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to have children but after having my first son, I knew that I was made to be a mom.

  60. My unexpected gift is my oldest granddaughter. I have 2 sons, no daughters, so didn’t have a daughter to cook with.

  61. I have had very few unexpected gifts in my life, but it would be my friendship with my best friend. We met at work and have been so close over the years.

  62. One of my greatest gifts is living as long as I have after having a double bi-pass and cancer among other things.

  63. My mom being able to walk again after meningitis. The doctors told her that she wouldn’t be able to walk again. Although she can’t stand for long periods of time but it’s a blessing that she is able to walk again.

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