Is it cold where you are today? It is here in Iowa, so I've whipped up some Ghiradelli hot chocolate and some Mexican Wedding Cakes. (I'm known as The Cookie Lady in my other life.) Will you join me for a cup and a cookie? I'll share the Mexican Wedding Cake recipe tomorrow during my post about the Caro Cardova, the heroine of "The Heart of Texas."
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I'd like to add that I'm giving away a "surprise" book. Yep, you read that right. I'll draw one lucky winner from those who comment today, and that person will receive a book in the mail from one of my favorite authors. I love surprises, and I love it when God surprises me.
Which brings me to my topic today -- the story behind the story. It's a story of God working in a way that only He can.
I hadn't chosen an exact town for the "The Heart of Texas" story to be set in, and I'd written over half of it. Unlike most of the stories in the book, mine wouldn't be set in Hartsville since Chisholm was away from home on Texas Ranger duties.
I knew my the location of the story had to meet certain criteria to fit what I'd written. It needed to be a town that was around in 1874. It had to be a town large enough to have things like stores and a saloon. The area needed to hilly and be a place where bluebonnets would grow. It needed to have a river or large spring of some kind. I needed it to be hub for area ranches, and it had to be within a week's riding distance of the Hart ranch.
Remember, I had already named my story "The Heart of Texas." As I'm looking through towns that were around in mid to late 1800s, I happened upon Brady City. Something about it stood out to me. I did some additional investigation and found out it fit all of my criteria from rolling vistas of bluebonnets to the wide Brady Creek.
Then, God made me smile. I looked up the town's history and discovered Brady City is called "the heart of Texas" because it is the geographical center of the state of Texas.
Let's chat now. When was the last time you received a surprise or when you surprised someone? Do you like surprises? If so, what kinds are your favorites?
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