My Collection by Caryl McAdoo
Since I can remember, my favorite color was green. As a child, my eyes were so green many strangers commented on them wherever I went, plus May is my birthday month making emeralds my birthstone. And for one more reason I can no longer use, money is green. Sounds too grubbing greedy to say that as an adult, so my newer third reason is that Spring is green and known for ‘new life’; Jesus said ‘I Am the Life”, so surrounding myself in green is like surrounding myself with Him. Much better, don’t you agree?
My car is green. My walls are green. My concrete floors are stained green with green rugs. My overstuffed chairs are green, and my couch has a green in its plaid. My lavatory bowl is green, as are my purses, appointment book, Kindle cover, smart phone, sun and reading glasses, hair and tooth brushes, hairclips, cookware, paring knife, throw pillows, lawn chair, rings, Bible and its cover, sweaters and coats, shoes, most dresses, skirts, and blouses—hey, I always match, and if I leave something somewhere, everyone knows if its green, it’s mine!—bags, rags, and towel, curtains, pens—I only write with green ink—oh, yes, my roof is green, too, and plastic storage containers, and my collection!
Green glass. I collected over 200 (my grandsugars counted) twenty years ago, and admit, I did slow down, but I’ve at least doubled that in all those years, all kinds of green glass: tiny, tall, thin, broad, vases, bottles, drinking glasses, cereal bowls, platters, birds, turtles, and snails. I have a green cat and rabbit, too. I started collecting green glass mostly because it’s green, but also because it’s sparkly, especially when it’s been dusted.
Green makes me joyful, calms me, is soothing and beautiful. Green glass items can be very useful as well as beautiful! Did I mention that I buy all my husband’s clothes, and so he has green in almost all his shirts, and we match, too!
He asked me once a long time ago, “Caryl, when is this green thing going to pass?”
“When I die,” I responded…but not really, God knows how much I love green, so no doubt about my mansion!
The untimely death of her father shatters Mary Esther Robbins’ heart and separates her from her grade school best friend, Samuel Levi Baylor. During their twenty years apart, she fulfills her life’s dream of penning new songs and singing God’s praise with a Christian band, while he tends his growing cattle herd and shares the Good News at every opportunity.
The Lord brings her home then throws them back together when Samuel agrees to help Mary Esther move and remodel her childhood home. The two decades lost vanish, and their time together convinces both the other is the true soul mate. But misunderstanding and fear keeps them from expressing their true love. Though jealousy rears its ugly head, can love and commitment hold the two together? And while they’re both dedicated to ministering the Gospel together, can they do it as husband and wife?
Simon & Schuster, Christian hybrid author, Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series: her historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; the contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; and ‘The Generations’, her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints and gardens. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.
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