03 April 2013

Pink Anniversary Party for Diana and Paul Flowers




Today we would like to introduce you to our guests of honor, Paul and Diana Flowers. If you have read Carrie's new Novella Return to Shirley Plantation, you will remember them as the Quaker Couple from the Underground Railway. We have secreted them away (in disguise) for a short time so we can all wish them a Happy 40th Anniversary.




Here is a beautiful message from Diana to her beloved Paul;
Forty one yrs. ago I met a young man who believed a promise was a promise -- a vow was a vow. He vowed to love me in sickness and in health, for better and for worse, (and we have seen worse --trust me), and even tho he was young and not making much money he promised to buy me a nice home some day. To be a good father to my children...and to take care of me. He kept every one of those vows. Happy 40th Anniversary to my hubby, Paul!




Now let's show them how much we love and appreciate them. Leave Paul and Diana a comment and you'll be entered in a drawing for Carrie's new book Return to Shirley Plantation or Julie Lessman's new book, Love at Any Cost. Tell us in your comment which one you'd like if picked. International Winners E-Book Only.

51 comments:

  1. ♫♫ Happy Anniversary To You....Happy Anniversary To You...Happy Anniversary To Paul and Diana.....Happy Anniversary To You. ♫♫

    Mr.and Mrs. Flowers it's such a privilege to know y'all and call ya my friends. Love you both more than words can say. ((BIG HUGS))

    Also thanks for all the work you have done on the "Rail Road" ;)

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    1. Thanks for your work in Virginia on the Underground Railroad, you lovely Quaker couple! Hoping you will wear a fancier dress for nighttime since it is your anniversary!

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    2. I've been working on the railroad all the live long day...remember that song from school? Thank you, Teresa. You know we feel the same about you too. I can't believe you guys did this! Thank you so much! Gosh...

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    3. CARRIE, you're quite welcome, and thank you for sharing your pink party with us. This is just so touching! Oh, and the dress I will be wearing to celebrate y'all can't see on FB! lol I love you!

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  2. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to one my favorite people!!
    I'm so glad to know you, Diana -- I remember when I first met you on facebook. I'm so happy I sent you that friend request, or else I would have missed knowing such an amazing person!!
    Love you!!
    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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    1. Marian Baay, you sneaky lil Dutch sis! lol This is beautiful -- thank you! Yes, we hit it right off, didn't we? I love you back and I can't imagine my life w/out you in it. All of you.

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    2. Teresa, did such a nice job on this, don't you think?!

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    3. Did she do this!? She needs to come over here and show me some stuff! Thanks, girls!

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    4. Diana I can't take credit for the background you know Marian did that, but I did "steal" some of your pics and cropped them for the cute heart balloons. I looked in all of your pics and mine to find one with you and Paul together, no luck. :)

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    5. Can you tell I don't like to get my pic taken! He asked me for one of us together on our anniversary and I said wait til I'm fixed up a little better. It is a milestone so I kinda regret it. :)

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  3. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Forty years? That's great! Tomorrow (the 4th) is me and my hubby's 29th anniversary. Praying we make it to forty and beyond! God bless!

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    1. DEBBIE I cannot figure out how they can be married 40 years...but I guess in 1800's they married really early! ;) hehehe

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    2. DEBBIE, thank you so much! I pray you do, too! These girls surprised me BIGTIME and TERESA, I'm still trying to figure out if that's a compliment or not! ;)

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    3. Since you can't be a day over 30 yours must have been an arranged marriage between your parents BEFORE you were even BORN! ;)

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    4. EXACTLY, T--1800's they married at 5, lol! Or maybe u r right about the arranged marriage!!!

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  4. Hey Diana--you didn't tell me you two were in this one--VERY COOL! I am so happy to be able to say we have known each other for about 35 of those 40 years and I am so glad that Paul made the effort to look us up, so we could connect again! We are right behind you guys--it will be 40 for us in July! I would say, you need to tell Paul to bring you to Italy for your 40th, so you can come explore with me! ;-)

    Since I have already purchased Carrie's book, I would love to have another book from Julie!
    Vicki OWG
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

    PS--I can tell I'm sleepy--just fell asleep with my finger on the l key, and had about 4 lines of llllllllllllllllllll followed by some ,,,,,,,,,,,,, Think I need to go to bed--it has been a long day!

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    1. VICKI, that's b/c I didn't know either! These are sneaky lil gals I work with! ;) I was blessed to receive Julie's new book today via UPS! A nice anniversary gift from wonderful CARRIE! We do go back a long way and I feel so blessed that we were able to reconnect. Now you need to hit ZZZZZZzzzz. lol

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  5. Awww...you guys really got me this time! I had no clue! Now you made me boo hoo. Sneaky things! But Carrie is right. She is the Mother Superior Angel (no she isn't Catholic folks-lol) and y'all are her lil angels...albeit sneaky ones! Thank you...this blesses my soul. I love all of you sooo much! <3

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    1. HAHA, I think I am but a humble servant sweeping in the hallways and serving in the kitchen and you are the angels God sent to help me serve and feed His little ones! Hugs!!!

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    2. Well, you are a humble servant of the Most High God, and we all help to serve one another and feed His sheep!

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  6. DIANA and PAUL, CONGRATS!!! 40 years is no small feat!!! And all the smuggling you did during that time--awesome! You helped a lot of people to freedom! So very glad I have gotten to know Paul a little bit too. When my carriage was misdirected and mired from heavy rain, Paul came out and helped me get to your plantation in SC. Very kind and hospitable man. And married to a wife who is likewise. Wishing you a wonderful anniversary full of pink happiness!!!

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    1. CARRIE, I'm so glad Paul was able to get you here with no mishaps! The work we do is very dangerous as you well know. We had a very good time at my plantation with the Holy Ghost right in the center visiting with us!

      Thank you so much for everything you do! Just enjoyed our phone conversation, too! lol Love you bunches!

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    2. Hmmm...I kinda like the idea about the prearranged marriage b4 we were born deal! That makes us really young!!! :):)

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  7. Congratulations to Diana and Paul for 40 years of marriage! I hope you will have many more happy years together.
    No offense to Carrie, but if I'm selected the winner today, I'd love a copy of Julie's new book, Love at Any Cost. I've read all of Julie's books and am looking forward to this new series.
    Thanks for this party; I'm enjoying all the beautiful photos you post each day.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. PAM, thank you so much for the well wishes! I'm looking at Julie's new book right now on my counter...can't wait to dive in but will have to for tonight anyway! Blessings~

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  8. Diana and Paul......congratulations on such a warm and loving relationship and for your 40 years together. Angels watch over you both! HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY!!!! Joy Ross Davis

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    1. JOY, thank you so much! It's hard to grasp that it has been 40 yrs! Especially since we are both still FAIRLY young. I mean Marian thinks I'm ancient, but that is b/c she is reaaaally young! hahaha

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  9. Happy Anniversary!! 40 is quite a milestone.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. It almost feels surreal, MARY! Thank you so much!

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  10. Happy Anniversary to you and many more. I would be happy winning either book. Thank you for the chance.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes, ANGELA! Gotta get back to hubby!

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  11. WOW! 40 YEARS IS AWESOME!!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, DIANA & PAUL! You must have been a child bride, Diana :) You sure don't look old enough to have been married THAT long.

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    1. Thank you, ANNE! I think we got married whilst still in the womb! haha

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  12. Happy Anniversary, praying you had a splendid day! Blessings, Susan Fryman

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    1. It's been a wonderful day, SUSAN, with friends like you making it even more so!

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! 40 years is quite the milestone, I'm not even sure what the 'gift' is for that! But diamonds will do any year, right?? ;)
    What a gorgeous couple you guys make --- And I love the heart balloons Teresa did for you two!!
    Love you heaps GF and SOOOO glad Carrie brought you into my life! It's been all the better for it! Paul is a VERY lucky man, and by the sounds of it you are too!! :)
    <3 <3 <3

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    1. NOELA, you are the sweetest! Thank you. Love you back, gf, and sooo glad Carrie AND God brought us together! My life is so much more the richer b/c of our friendship. I wonder how often Paul thinks he is lucky! LOL He says he thinks that, but then of course he HAS to say that! ;) <3

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    2. AMEN - God AND Carrie!! It TRULY was such a God thing!!! You are such a blessing to me in SO many ways! LOVE you!!!
      Our men don't say it enough for sure... but as long YOU KNOW he thinks it often, lol!

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  14. Happy Anniversary! I would like to wait until Christmas-time and have a print copy, Carrie! Blessings, Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Thank you, KATHLEEN, for the well wishes! You have alot of patience to wait until Christmas! lol 'Course time flies and Christmas will be here again b4 we know it!

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  15. Happy Anniversary Diana and Paul the Lord has truly blessed you. May you bless with many more.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Thank you, DIANA! You are a sweet friend!

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  16. Return to Shirley Plantation sounds like a good one. RHONDA
    nashhall@aol.com

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    1. It's wonderful, RHONDA! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. " CONGRATULATIONS" on your "40th" you kids! You don't look old enough to have been married that long, for sure. May GOD bless you with another 40. Saw a couple on TV that had been married 80 years. Looked in pretty good shape too! :) And, Diana. Ummmm!! So we have to use our imagination about your dress that we can't see???? Ooh-kay.! ( I am proud of all you did on the Underground Railroad. It must have been very scary work. But, a very good cause. ) Carrie, I would like to have Julie's new book. Will have to wait until you have yours in paperback. And, Diana, won't be long till Christmas time again. Not with the way time is passing so fast now-days for me. Seems each year gets shorter. God bless you Paul and Diana. Maxie





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    1. MAXIE! It's always such a joy to read your comments! And you are so right about the time flying --- especially as we get older! I am looking at Julie's new book right now, and am chomping at the bit to dig into it, but am halfway thru another book at the moment. I hope you get a chance to read it asap! And CARRIE'S is awesome...I'm so proud of her!!!

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  18. Congratulations Diana and Paul on your 40th wedding anniversary. You kids sure know what the word "cleve" means! It also shows how special both of you are to God, and He is to you. Honestly, I still don't believe you are over 18, Diana...you appear too young. I haven't seen Paul - and he must be an exceptional man to be your pick for life. I pray many added years of blessings of marital bliss for you lovebirds. I raise your marriage up as a glory to God.

    Oh my, since I'm now devouring Julie's latest book - I would be absolutely blessed to win Carrie's book. It sounds enthralling.

    In Christian Joy,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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    1. BARB, what a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much. It hasn't always been easy, but the Bible says it's better to never make a vow, than to make one and break it. We made them for better and for worse, but you're right he is a lucky man to have gotten me! LOL No, it's surely the other way around! So nice to see you here!

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  19. Congratulations on 40 years of Life, Love, and Happiness !
    May the Lord Bless You Both and Keep You in His Care.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. JANET! Thank you so much for the anniversary blessings!~

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  20. Congratulations, Diana and Paul. May the Lord bless you for another forty.

    And no need to put me in the drawing. I would rather buy books to support my sister authors.

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