Wedding, Waltz and Braids

Okay! Let’s see if I’ve mastered this new blog format well enough to add pictures.

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I’m in Bellingham, Washington on my semi-non-working vacation, where my niece, Susan and her fiance, John, were married on Sunday. It was such a treat to be part of their special day, since I live 3000 miles away. The weather was incredible, and the wedding was held outdoors at the home of my brother, Rob, and sister-in-law, Terri. This family has so much energy and joy in it, all of which spilled over into the wedding. Lots of home-made music! Since neither Rob nor Susan dance, they wrote and performed a beautiful father-daughter waltz together, Susan on the violin and Rob on his autoharp. It was very touching.

Then there were the braids. I took the picture of Susan and Terri at the outdoor market in Bellingham, but their braids couldn’t hold a candle to those of Thomas, John’s best man. What I wouldn’t give for just a foot or two of his hair!

Tomorrow, I fly to San Jose for part two of my trip–a visit with my six-month-old granddaughter, CC and her parents. I’ll have to tear myself away from the baby to work on revisions here and there (thus the “semi” qualifier to this non-working vacation), but it’s going to be wonderful to have a week to get to know her.  

Speaking of work: Before the Storm appears to be available from Amazon already, so if you’ve been anxious to get your hands on a copy, it’s there for you!

Now it’s time for me to hit “save” and see if this post is successful. Thanks again for bearing with me as I learn how to work with my new blog.  




  1. Margo on May 20, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    The braids are absolutely incredible!…what gorgeous, gorgeous hair! Diane, what a great way to start your vacation with a family wedding in the Pacific NW…and from the looks of the pics I can tell the weather was beautiful. I think this must be the start of a perfect summer for you with 1st the wedding, seeing your new granddaughter and your new book BEFORE THE STORM. Life is good D… (-:

  2. Liz Johnson on May 20, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    So far, diane, this blog is working just fine. i attribute any problems to my lack of expertise. the pictures are so lovely. we are heading to Seattle tomorrow to attend a wedding – an old college friend of my husband’s is getting married (2nd for both) and we couldn’t be happier for them. 5 guys have stayed connected through 40 years of life – one is his friend from kindergarten – pretty amazing. They will all be there, sans significant others, but I get to go because our daughter lives there. I will hope to buy your book in Seattle – good memory to be. Happy semi-vacation.

  3. Margo on May 22, 2008 at 8:10 am

    GOOD NEWS EVERYONE…I saw Diane’s new book BEFORE THE STORM at Border’s bookstore on the front table yesterday which means it’s out before June 1!…What a great way to start the long weekend with the book we’ve waited so long for…I can’t wait to start it and just thought you’d all like to know it’s out there waiting for you! (-:

  4. Diane Chamberlain on May 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Liz, have great time at the wedding and I hope you get some of the wonderful weather I had up there.
    Margo, thanks for the alert on Before the Storm. I love that front table!
    I’m in San Jose playing with my grandbaby who is, of course, the cutest baby in the universe.
    I’m still working out a few blog snags, but taking it one step at a time.

  5. Denise on May 22, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Wow, I am a bookseller with Borders and did not even think to look for it when I worked Tuesday night this week! I already pre-ordered it there so am hopeful it will be there next time I work.
    What a great wedding. Love those braids! And six-month old babies are so amazing! What a terrific ‘working’ vacation to have!

  6. Ann on May 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I just got home from Borders with my copy of Before the Storm! I am so HAPPY!!! Diane, I have loved all of your books and am really looking forward to reading this one. I like to read books that are set in familiar places. Topsail Island is one of my favorite places. I got the book at a perfect time – a holiday weekend. I have much time to read! Ready, set, read!

  7. Diane Chamberlain on May 23, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Ann, I hope you love it!

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