In Others’ Words: First Love
I’m having fun here this week — not that I don’t have fun every week.
But I’m celebrating the upcoming ACFW Carol Awards with two of my author friends: Deb Raney and Becky Wade. It just so happens that the three of us are finalists in the contemporary romance category. And we’re launching a week-long I ♡ ROMANCE GIVEAWAY where three different winners can win a trio of our books. (More about the giveaway below)
Today’s quote is from Silver Bells, Deborah’s novel that finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards. The words captured me because they speak of first love.
Ah, first love. That one-of-a-kind memory of someone who stole your heart in a way no one else ever will because they were the first. The first person you fell in love with. The first person you gave your heart to … and really, can that first love ever be recanted? And would you want to?
We’re so trusting, so brave with our first loves — so all in. We hold nothing back because our hearts haven’t been wounded yet and we still think happily ever after comes without a cost, without the shedding of tears, without loss.
Such is the beauty — the joy — of first love. We’re fearless because we don’t yet know what we have to be afraid of. We don’t know the full risk of loving another person — or of asking another person to love us in return.
And sometimes first loves become our happy endings. And sometimes they help us become who we need to be to discover our happy endings. But always, always, the memories of first loves linger in our minds, and in our hearts — the sweet and the bitter — to be remembered every now and again.
In Your Words: When you think of first love, what words come to mind? What lessons did you learn from your first love? Was your first love your happy ever after — or did it help you discover who you needed to be on your way to your happy ever after?
ENTER THE I ♡ ROMANCE GIVEAWAY!
THE I ♡ ROMANCE GIVEAWAY runs from August 18 – August 25 at midnight. Click on the image or enter here for a chance to win one of the three sets of three books from authors Deborah Raney, Becky Wade, and Beth Vogt (me!). The books: Silver Bells, Undeniably Yours, and Catch a Falling Star, are all finalists in the 2014 ACFW Carol Awards romance category.