I have some photos to share. I know, I know they look like images for a possible book cover, but these are photos of my oldest daughter Leslie and her fiancé Honza. They just got engaged last week! And the truth is that they can thank NOVEL WRITING for their coming together. Well, sort of …
First: the photos …
Second: The Story …
In 2000, I traveled to Europe with two friends Anne de Graaf and Cindy Coloma who were researching for books. I was along for the ride. My friend Anne kept telling me that I was going to get a novel idea, too, on that trip. I did, and my novel From Dust and Ashes was birthed in 2003!
We traveled through numerous countries, but I FELL IN LOVE with the Czech Republic. How could you not fall in love with a place that looks like this?
Listening to God’s voice then led the Goyers to go on three family mission trips to the Czech Republic in 2008, 2009, and 2012. We also had a Czech exchange student live with us from 2008-2009.
My daughter, Leslie, fell in love with the country, too, and she’s visited every year since 2008. A few summers ago she spent two months there, falling even more in love with the country, falling even more in love with the people. Last year she felt she needed to go back long term. She went for one year, and it’s turned into two … well, that’s not true. After meeting Honza it’s turned into to “until death do us part.” As a missionary, and soon a wife, Leslie plans on spending her whole life there.
Vacation, research trips, mission trips, a Czech exchange student, and extended visits. A special peace comes when you return to a place and realize it’s exactly where you’re supposed to be. I’ve felt that in small ways. Leslie now feels that completely.
It’s pretty amazing when a man and a woman born on opposite sides of the world find each other and fall in love. And I’m just thrilled that God used my love of writing and research to bring that about! It’s a real life fairy tale romance!
How about you? If you could go on a mission trip to any country where would you go?
Also, any tips on planning a wedding in Europe and a reception in the US are appreciated!