19th Day of Christmas~Missy Tippens

The winner of Carol’s prize is Valri. Congratulations, Valri! Now, on to Missy’s Christmas memory.
MissyTippens_3One of my favorite Christmas memories is from the year, when I was about five or six, that I got a huge doll house! I remember being at my grandparents that year for Christmas morning. Being there for the holiday was special in itself since we lived so far from them. They were six hours away in northeastern Kentucky so we only saw them a couple of times a year. I have a photo that I love of me standing beside that doll house, so proud and excited. It was almost as tall as I was! It was made out of cardboard, and I remember playing with my Barbies in it. 🙂

IMG_4092The best part of those holidays, though, was being with family. I grew up away from extended family and sometimes felt like I missed out. My aunts and uncles and cousins lived near my grandparents, relatives on both sides of the family. Going there was always a treat. Familiar smells in my grandparents home and at their clothing store, family traditions, heading out on a bike to go visit. Or later, driving to see everyone. I cherished the times with extended family, especially at the holidays. Those of you who live close to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, I hope you realize how you’re blessed! Be sure to show appreciation for them this Christmas.

Do you live close to extended family?

Missy will be giving away a copy of Georgia Sweethearts.

Georgia Sweethearts Back Cover



A Pattern for Love…

After inheriting her great-aunt’s failing yarn shop, Lilly Barnes is determined to make it a success. All she wants is stability, something she doesn’t think possible in the small town of Corinthia, Georgia. Then Pastor Daniel Foreman rents space in her store to hold meetings for his growing congregation, and this proves to be her lifeline. At first Lilly wants nothing to do with Daniel’s big dreams, but she soon finds herself starting to share his goals. Yet trouble between her customers and his congregation make them both doubt the path they’re on. That is, until practical Lilly shows him that love is a risk worth taking.




Missy Tippens, a pastor’s wife and mom of three from near Atlanta, Georgia, made her first sale to Love Inspired in 2007. Her books have since been nominated for the Booksellers Best, ACFW Carol Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Beacon Contest and a 2013 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A House Full of Hope was a Romance Writers of America 2013 RITA® Nominee. Her most recent from Love Inspired, Georgia Sweethearts was an April 2013 release. Visit Missy at www.missytippens.com.

*To be eligible for Missy’s book, you must leave a comment and live within the Continental United States. Winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will be notified Dec 20 and posted on the sidebar as well.



8 responses to “19th Day of Christmas~Missy Tippens”

  1. We live near all of our extended family members, so it’s pretty chaotic around here on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when we spend the day visiting them. When I was ten years old, I received a doll house from my parents too, and it was three stories high and HUGE. I loved that doll house SO much, and I kept it for many years until my first niece was born. I gave it to her since I don’t have any daughters of my own, and she has taken such good care of it. Merry Christmas, Missy!

    • Stephanie, I wonder if it was the same doll house? 🙂 You were so nice to share yours! I need to find that old photo and scan it.

      Merry Christmas to you, too!

  2. Hey Missy. I don’t have a picture of mine, but it was a model #280 Victorian doll house from Fisher Price, circa 1981. (Man, that makes me feel old). I have found several for sale on eBay, and they are selling for a small fortune. Maybe that’s what I should have done with mine. LOL. 🙂

    • Well, mine is even more “vintage” than that! I had just graduated from high school in 1981. LOL

  3. I miss those days of extended family as well. It used to be that your family all lived in the same town, forever and ever. Not unlike the small towns we write about for Love Inspired. Merry Christmas, Missy!

    • Tina, we moved away from all that family when I was about 2 or 3 so I don’t really remember much about it. I just remember the visits, which, granted, were very special!

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