Once upon a time…

I write romance novels. As in fiction. Paranormal-Urban Fantasy-type fiction.

But for the past fifteen years, I’ve been witness to a real-life fairy tale-type love story.

My Mom & Dad-in law.

My sweet MIL was admitted to the hospital this past week. Seems the cancer has started its final attack. At the moment she’s resting comfortably, surrounded by her two sons and her husband.

My hubby sent me a picture that rocked my world.

It helped me understand the whole idea of true love. The true meaning of through health and sickness, ups and downs, until death do us part.

Here’s that picture:


Lynn looks quite different from from the day they took their wedding vows over 44 years ago. Heck from the time they first met in the FIFTH grade!

Yes, they began their fairy-tale romance that young!

When I was last in Sioux Center, staying with them for a couple of weeks to help them out, they shared their story with me. How Lynn arrived to town when she was only five. How her & RG met in school when he started his first year at a town school.

He’d been educated in a “country school” up until then.

Finally, in the seventh grade they went to a little party together as a date, and they were smitten. Together ever since.

Sure, they had their share of ups and downs, sicknesses and you name it. But this picture of them together in the hospital showed me something–> Love is, indeed, the strongest things out there.

I believe it so much I’ve tattooed it on my arm (Faith, Love & Hope, but the greatest of these is Love. 1 Cor 13:13)

But to see it. With my own eyes…

There are no words.

The love between these soul mates is palpable. You can almost see it in tangible waves in this picture.

Though they face such hard times right now, two things stand firm with this couple:

Their faith in God and their love for one another.

Even though Lynn can scarcely mutter a word, she and her soul mate don’t need words. No, they don’t have telepathic abilities like the characters I write about. No, they don’t have super powers to heal wounds and injuries like those I write about. But they do have the boundary-breaking, never-ending, soul-connecting love I write about.

It’s a real life love story.

So, today, my sweet parents, I dedicate this post to you. Dedicate this day to you. May you feel God’s peace around you. And thank you for the stunning example of what a soul mate truly is.


29 thoughts on “Once upon a time…

  1. What a beautiful story… I’m so sorry your family is facing this, but I’m glad she is surrounded by love…

    You’re an amazing lady, Lynn!


    *sending love and prayers your way*

  2. Lynn, thank you for sharing this. Me and my guy have been together 42 years, married for 40. The love grows.

    I’m praying for you and your family. And so thankful you’ve had such a wonderful example of what it’s supposed to be like.

    Grace and peace to you.

  3. You almost made me cry, Lynn. That is true love, the kind everyone searches for all their lives. My prayers are with you and your family in these difficult times, my friend.

  4. Geez, Lynn, I’m blubbering. This is such a sweet post. And though I’m sad to see her struggling (I won’t say suffering, because with that much love this is only a temporary pain) I’m infinitely happy that she has so many people that love her and share in the love she’s spread in your family. Stay strong for Charlie and you guys enjoy these last moments. They are more precious than you can imagine. Hugs, girl!

  5. Love is eternal.
    My prayers go out to you, your husband and family to give you the strength to make it through the days ahead.
    Job 1 :20-21 “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

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