Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Caroline Edwards

Caroline Edwards is the heroine in This Montana Man, book one of my Walkers Ridge Romance series. I hope you enjoyed getting to know her and Jamie, the sheriff of Walkers Ridge, Montana, as they fell in love. And I hope you enjoy this visit with Caroline as she blogs about the changes in her life. Enjoy.

Angela K Roe

Caroline Edwards-

I can’t believe he’s here. I look at JT and am amazed that this most perfect, tiny person is my son. My son! I LOVE this picture of Jamie holding JT. Isn’t it perfect?

I suppose I should introduce myself. My name is Caroline Edwards and as you can probably tell, this is the first time I’ve tried blogging. That’s probably silly since I’m a romance writer and should blog regularly. My editor has always told me that blogging is one of those things that if you’re going to do, you need to commit to doing it right. I guess that’s good advice but it’s sort of made the idea of blogging intimidating, if that makes sense. Now that the baby is here and I can blog more for fun than marketing, I figured it was a good opportunity to jump in and see what it’s all about.

JT was born two weeks ago in the diner, of all places. Can you imagine? That’ll be a story to tell him when he gets older. Daisy has already made it perfectly clear that she has special claim to the baby since he was born in her diner. I can’t argue with that, plus it gives me a chance to get a cup of the best coffee in town. (Don’t tell Harmony I said that!)

So we had the baby in the diner and as soon as he was born, Jamie proposed…I probably should have led with that, now that I think about it. That’s how JT got his name. Jamie proposed and named the baby James Thomas Overton IV. Whew, that’s a mouthful! Jamie’s grandfather went by James, his father went by Jim and Jamie goes by Jamie so JT makes perfect sense for the newest in the line of Overton men. Jamie filed adoption papers two days after JT was born.

Now we’re home with this most perfect and precious child and I can’t imagine what my life was like before he was here. Right now, we don’t even mind getting up in the middle of the night. I’m told that will change soon…both the midnight feedings and the not minding! J

The only thing I’m really struggling with at the moment is the nursery. The women of Walkers Ridge were so fabulous stepping in and helping me put it together. I didn’t know if I was having a girl or a boy so we decorated in all the traditional pastel baby colors. I loved it when we did it. It’s just that now he’s here and he is a he…I think I want to redo it.

Jamie says I’m being silly. JT has no idea if the walls are striped or plaid or blue or white. He’s right but when we did the nursery, I thought the room was perfect for a girl or a boy, but now I think it’s too feminine. I probably won’t make a decision right away. I’m too tired at the moment to consider painting his room or shopping for new bedding. Right now, when I get any free time, I’m either napping or planning my wedding.

We hit a major roadblock as soon as we started planning. When Jamie approached Reverend Snell to find out what dates the church had open, we were told that he had reservations about the fact that we’re living together before the wedding and how Jamie is adopting JT before the wedding, essentially making him born out of wedlock. Since I wasn’t married to his birth father, he was born out of wedlock regardless of whether Jamie chose to adopt him or not. Plus, even in small town USA, I find it difficult to believe that no couples live together before they get married. Maybe it isn’t the best way to do things but that should be our decision, shouldn’t it?

Anyway, the entire thing has left a bad taste in my mouth and now I’m not even sure I want to attend services there, let alone get married there. Jamie’s entire family has attended this church for generations. Elizabeth has pictures of her wedding in this church, pictures of Jamie and Melissa getting baptized there…I worry about what she will think if I do decide that I’m not going to this church. Look at me, potentially rocking the in-law boat before I even have in-laws!

Stay posted to see what happens next. In the meantime, JT is just waking up. You know what that means, right? It means I have a hot date with a little man who needs a diaper change and a bottle. J

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