20th Day of Christmas~Jean C. Gordan

The winner of Missy’s prize is Angela Chesnut. Congratulations, Angela! Now, on to Jean’s Christmas memory.

Jeanne Gordon-1368-LR-ColorFor me Christmas is family, love and thinking of others. My favorite memory is a combination of two memories many years apart. Our first Christmas as a married couple, my husband and I were struggling college students 3,000 miles away from family and friends. We put out the ceramic manger scene I’d made the summer before and scraped together enough money to buy a real tree. In Los Angeles, the cost at least four times what it would have been in our rural Upstate New York hometowns. IMG_0341[1]Once we had the tree, we didn’t really have any money to decorate it. At a discount store near our apartment, I found boxes of plain red and blue bulbs for fifty-nine or sixty-nine cents and bought one of each color. We decorated our tree Christmas Eve before we went to church to hear the Hallelujah Choir sing. Those red and blue bulbs came home with us to New York and went on our tree in dwindling numbers every year until a few years ago when the last of the red bulbs broke. I still have two blue ones. That Christmas when I opened my gifts, I found that my daughter had searched all over until she’d found bulbs (pictured: original blue and new red and blue ones) that closely matched the ones from our first Christmas in Los Angles. It was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

Small-Town Midwife


Autumn Hazard loves being a midwife. But a tragic loss has her doubting the path she’s chosen. And her new boss isn’t helping. She’s worked with Dr. Jonathan Hanlon before, and he’s just as handsome and seemingly perfect as ever. His presence could mean trouble for the clinic—and her sensible heart. Jon remembers Autumn, too. She’s still beautiful, smart and oblivious to him. Maybe that’s for the best—he’s leaving the small town as soon as his training’s done. Besides, he has secrets of his own, and he can’t risk Autumn getting close enough to uncover them. Yet despite all their reservations, working beside each other doesn’t feel like work at all…it feels like home.

Small-Town Midwife Jean C. Gordon

Jean is giving away a copy of her July release Small-Town Mom and a $25 Amazon gift card.

 Jean C. Gordon’s writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native Upstate New York. They share a 170-year-old house and farm just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. Her latest “small-town” release is Small-Town Midwife, out in March 2014.

*To be eligible for Jean’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 21 and posted on the sidebar as well.

11 responses to “20th Day of Christmas~Jean C. Gordan”

  1. What a wonderful story. I have some gold ball ornaments on my tree that I’ve used for many, many years. The paint is chipped on most of them, but I couldn’t imagine not using them anymore. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas.

  2. Lovely post! I don’t use those ball ornaments since my 2 year old hasn’t figured out that they are not actual balls you play with AND doesn’t understand the old “no throwing ball in the house” yet. My. What. A. Mess. 😉

  3. Jean, how beautiful. It’s always extra special when the spirit of the season is celebrated with love as the focus. You had no money, but lots of love and a creative spirit. Wishing you a happy, blessed holiday. *Please don’t include me in the giveaway so someone else can be blessed with it.

  4. I must put “Small-Town Midwife” on my to read list…sounds wonderful…..thanks for the giveaway contest. and may God continue His blessings on you Jean, and your God given talent of writing wonderful stories.

  5. Love the story about the ornaments and what your daughter did for you! We have some glass ornaments given to us by hubby’s grandparents when they stopped decorating and we treasure them (so much so that for the second year in a row, we aren’t “trimming” our tree…we have a 2yo grandson living with us and he is ACTIVE, to say the least!). If you don’t mind my asking, what “rural upstate New York” towns are you and your husband from? We live in western NY, about halfway between Rochester and Syracuse. Merry Christmas, Jean!

  6. Thanks everyone for your Christmas wishes and the same to you all.

    Melanie — We’re originally from Attica and Corfu, between Rochester and Buffalo and live just south of Albany now.

    Valri and Ruth — My daughter is a midwife, working at a public clinic in Guam right now, and was my “consultant” on the book, so the details should be spot on.

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