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Monday, March 01, 2010

EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER FUN
This past weekend I got to see a real Extreme Home Makeover house! I flew out to Colorado Springs to speak to the ACFW conference there. Sweet Kimberley Woodhouse invited me to stay with her and the family. I was excited to spend some time with her! I'd seen Ty Pennington show her their new house (completed in 4 days) but the reality of it was sooo much better than just seeing it on TV. Her kitchen was to die for! The granite was just fabulous and I loved the island. I nearly screamed when I got to see the dragon in Josh's room. And in the basement where I slept there was a bowling lane, a jukebox, a HUGE projector TV. This TV played a huge role in the fun we had over the weekend because I got to see the Masterpiece Theater production of Jane Eyre on Friday night and Pride and Prejudice on Saturday night. They were both sooo good! We giggled like school girls. LOL I was wishing my girls were with us. I KNOW Kristin especially would have been giving me all the background to the Jane Austen movies. LOL I would be giving her all the background to the Jane Eyre (which she never liked.)

But you know, the true fun of the whole weekend was being with Kim and her family. She has a contagious joy that spills over into everything she does. I got to read some of the story she and Kayla are working on for Broadman & Holman (they get to work with Karen Ball!) and it's GOOD! How can a 12 year old write like that? I knew Kim could write, but I was shocked to see how early Kayla was developing her talent.

I spoke at a writer's conference for Kim, and also got to see my fabulous editor and friend Erin Healy! Her first solo book, Never Let You Go, will be out next month. Rachelle Gardner, agent extraordinaire, was there as well, and we had a grand time together! The weekend made me doubly thankful for the friendships we develop in this business. My life is so much richer for the people God has brought into my life since I started writing.

How about you? Want to praise a friend who has gone the extra mile for you lately? Now's the time to do it!

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Colleen Coble  
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At 9:22 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Who is that skinny woman in the photo?

 
At 10:32 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

YOU ARE SO FREAKIN' SKINNY!!! Okay, you are still not borrowing my Joe's when you come this month, okay? LOL

I would love to have gone over my love for Austen. Did you watch the original from the 80's with David Rintoul? That's one of my favorites. I always think of Darcy as dark because, that's what it means.

I actually have a Jane Eyre version I like. It's the one with William Hurt. But that story is too dark for my tastes, and Rochester scares me. I think I only finished it because I was on a boat with it. LOL

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

Oh my goodness. You look fabulous!

I was bummed that I wasn't in CO for this conference!

 
At 6:07 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

You look AMAZING!! WOW!!!

And the GWO team has definitely gone the extra mile with me lately! Colleen actually went to the Treatment Center with me and my husband for almost a week! The other girls have sent up prayers, offered support and encouragement, food, flowers! Kristin even bought me a wig! Now THAT'S friendship! :-)

That kind of friendship is definitely a gift from the Lord. He is so good!

 
At 7:10 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Colleen, beaming from the compliments. LOL

K, we watched the newest version of Pride and Prejudice. It was only 2 hours and the other was 4 or something like that. Toby Stephens is Rochester. Ah, I just LOVED that movie! Pride and Prejudice too. Now I want to buy both of them.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Colleen,

I completely agree ~ you look fabulous ~ and Toby Stephens IS Rochester. (I adore that version...)

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Kimberley Woodhouse said...

Colleen - you are just precious! It was SO much fun, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
Now if I can just get my big head to float back down to where it belongs after all your high praise... :) You are wonderful.

Diann - the kids and I pray for you every day. We love you.

Denise - I just about fell over when I picked her up at the airport! Amazing. And NO - I did not illegally turn around anywhere on this trip. I'll never forget that. LOL

Kritin - wish you could've been here!

And you are all invited to my house to watch a marathon of all these great movies. I'd love to watch the 5 1/2 hour P&P with you girls (and Carrie - she and Colleen were a riot.) :)

I just gave two WELCOME HOME books away to the census guys that came to the door. Not sure why, but I'm going to pray for them now.

Anyway, love you Colleen. Thanks for a wonderful weekend!
Kim

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Karen B. said...

Aren't Kim and Kayla wonderful? I owe my friendship with them to you, dear woman. I met them at ACFW a few years ago, and knew they were both people I wanted to know better. Now they're writing for my house and I get to be their editor. It's just humbling how God works things out. And you're absolutely right, Kim is a terrific writer. Which makes it easy to figure out where Kayla gets her talent. I can't wait to get their book into readers' hands! My hubby, Don, and I are going on a research trip with Kim and Kayla in April. Kim's son is going along as well. Don's going to be our bodyguard up in the wilds as we explore. I can't wait!

Oh, and I'm on day 5 of HCG and have lost 5 lbs. So thanks for that, too!

Hugs to you, Colleen.

KBall

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Karen, that is fabulous!!! This is a new life for you--you'll see!

Were your ears burning this weekend? We sang your praises all weekend long! :-)

Valerie, Toby IS Rochester other than his blue eyes. The real Rochester had fine, dark eyes as Jane Eyre put it. :-)

Kim, we'll have to do a marathon with the girls sometime!

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger Danica/Dream said...

I think the biggest blessing of that house is all the love and friendship that happens there. So glad you got to experience it. Those Woodhouses sure know how to love on a person.

 
At 5:08 PM, Blogger Dave said...

IS SHE HOT OR WHAT!!! IF SHE WAS ANY HOTTER SHE WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE FOREST. SMOKEY THE BEAR WOULD HAVE TO FOLLOW HER AROUND. I'M GLAD SHE HAD A GOOD TIME IN CO. SHE NEEDED IT.

DAVE

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

How wonderful! I actually won a contest that Kimberley had going last year. I read many, many books. She is a doll.

Her house is fabulous from what I have seen on tv. I envy the huge tv.

I have two versions of Jane Eyre and three versions of Pride and Prejudice. Have you seen the funny movie "Lost in Austen?" It is about a women in modern day that winds up in Pride and Prejudice and she messes up everything, spoiler...Jane marries Mr. COLLINS!!

Have a blessed day!

 
At 11:11 PM, Blogger Diane Marie Shaw said...

Colleen,
I was one of the attenders at the writers conference and had such a great time with all the speakers. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

It sounds like you had a weekend of fun, frolic and fulfillment.

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

My goofy husband. LOL

Diane, it was great to be there with you!

 
At 5:41 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Ha!Ha! Dave! That's a proud, loving husband speaking! You're right! She's HOT! Great picture, Colleen!

 

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