WELCOME to my PARTY!!!
The month of November is a special time for me:
my second novel and sequel to
the second in the unsavory heritage series,
will be available 30 November on Amazon
GUEST POST by CARLA OLSON GADE
but first, I want to wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, CARLA!! Hope your day is spectacular!!!
God sets the lonely in families
Thank you for having me here Robin. I celebrate with you the upcoming release of Clara Bess! As you know I’m not only an author, but a family historian and the true stories of my ancestors often inspire my writing. In keeping with your Adoption theme, I thought I’d share with you a couple of true stories from my family history.
Last time I visited, I told you about my ancestor John Howland, who providentially was rescued after falling off the Mayflower on the way to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. He was an indentured servant of John Carver, the first Governor, and acted as his bookkeeper and assistant. Gov. Carver and his wife, who had no children of their own, died that first harsh winter along with many others. John Howland inherited his home and his wards — the orphaned minors who the governor had taken into his household, including Carver’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Tilly, whose parents had also perished.
After several years, John married Elizabeth and had a large family. As they aged, they lived in the home of their son, Jabez and his family, during winters, Indian uprisings, and after their own house burned. Elizabeth also stayed with her son for part of her widowhood until she went to live with her daughter.
Ensign Jacob Mitchell and his wife, Susannah had three children: Jacob, Thomas, and Mary. In July of 1675, during King Philip’s War, Jacob and Susanna sent their children to the local garrison for protection against the attacks that were occurring daily against the English colonists. The following morning they left their home with supplies along with Susanna’s brother, John. On their way they were attacked by Indians. They fled to the garrison, where they died of their wounds. The children were left to the care of their grandfather and childless uncle, Edward and his wife. As adults, all three children married siblings of the Kingman family on January 1, 1696.
“March 7, 1676. Experience Michell (*old spelling) and Edward Michell appointed by the court to use the best care to inquire and take into their custody the estate of Jacob Michell deceased, and to make report to the court that soe it may be preferred to the best that may
be for the good of his children.”
Incidentally, in 1667, Jabez Howland purchased the house that carpenter Jacob Mitchell had built for his bride in 1666. Jacob Mitchell’s granddaughter married John Howland’s great-grandson, thus my family connection. I’m truly blessed and awed by God’s providence and grateful for placing me in His family.
In my novella, Carving a Future, in The American Dream Romance Collection, the heroine has her own adoption story. Orphaned as a child, Constance was raised by her uncle, who was all the family she had left in the world. After her uncle passed, her friend’s family accepts her into their home. Then she is taken from England to the American colonies and sold into servitude against her will by an unsavory sea captain. Nathaniel Ingersoll purchases her contract as an act of mercy. Again, feeling utterly abandoned, she reluctantly serves out the terms of her indenture by working for Nathaniel’s family’s inn. Yet she discovers that the Lord has set her in a family once again when she is welcomed by his family and discovers a sense of purpose and belonging there. Nathaniel works diligently to afford the freedom taxes to release her from her indenture. When she is set free, she discovers that she has found a family of her own.
Just like the lives of my ancestors, she is blessed to realize that, as it tells us in Psalm 68:5 & 6, God is a “Father to the Fatherless” and “God sets the lonely in families.”
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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.
Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.
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