Christi Caldwell – The Joy of Being Happy

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Romance – Instruments of Beauty & Joy

When my son was 2 years-old he was hospitalized. Forced to sell our home, my husband and I left my family behind, and moved to a one bedroom apartment in the heart of a Christi Caldwell ForLoveofDukeharsh Connecticut winter. It was one of the snowiest, coldest winters in years, I was told. Great. Just great. Everything was so cold and dreary and difficult, so why not the weather too?  I have this vivid memory that remains with me of bundling my son up in the frigid weather and driving to all the local bookstores and grocery stores in search of Alexandra Hawkins’ then latest book, “All Night With a Rogue”. You would have thought I was hunting the pot of gold at the end of the proverbial rainbow, and yet for me, it might as well have been.

I am the mother of a child with special needs. I want to preface this post by saying my life is a good one. I love everything about my life and I would never change it. And it’s only through years of earning pitying looks or being offered sympathetic words I even offer that. That said, being the parent of a child with special needs is not always, perhaps ever, easy. As the mother of a child with Down syndrome, a good portion of my life is spent traveling to therapies, specialists, and various doctors.

It involves more patience than I ever knew I’d been blessed with. Through the joy I Christi Caldwell ForeverBetrothedknow in being the mother to this wonderfully special, courageous boy there is also much heartache that goes with that. The spoken words you crave to hear from your child’s lips. The birthday parties and playdates that you and your child never get invited to or on. Oftentimes, the life of a special needs parent is a lonely one. Of course, I’m blessed with a wonderful partner on this journey I’m on, in my husband. And yet, this life is one of extreme realness and struggle.

So many times, I’ve been asked ‘why do you read ‘that’. That as in romance novels. Spoken in such a way that it is as though a person is embarrassed to so much as mention the words romance and novels in the same thought. The answer I have now as a woman, different than the girl of thirteen who first began reading them, is that they make me happy. They provide an escape through heroes and heroines who are not unlike each of us; ultimately craving and fighting for their love and happiness. And life is hard enough, so that a world where happily ever after is always guaranteed, is a world I want to be part of.

For me, that is what makes the romance novel such an instrument of beauty and joy. On those pages I read and now write, I craft these broken worlds of people who struggle and deserve a happily ever after. And in those writings, I find my joy. I find my great escape. I find a whole world that exists where life can be hard, and struggles great, but ultimately love and happiness triumph.

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

After having been told I’d likely never conceive and then going on to years of fertility treatments, I Christibecame pregnant. A few hours after I gave birth to my son, my doctor came in and said those words that at the time shattered my world: “There have been concerns raised that your baby might have Down syndrome.” That suspicion was confirmed four days later through a karyotype screening.

Fighting through fear and sadness, I came out on the other side to find the meaning of true happiness. It wasn’t until I came to know my son that I discovered, joy isn’t about what we have, or where we go, or fame, or anything of the material. Joy is in those simple moments I’d taken for granted before him. Joy is hearing him call you “Mama” after two years of wondering if your child will ever speak. Joy is seeing the fruition of countless therapies result in those tiny, first faltering steps into my arms. And the best part is through each milestone and accomplishment I would have once taken for granted, I experience true, uninterrupted joy every day.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

Most people hate doctors’ office. I hate most of them. But there is one particular room in one particular office forever attached to the memory of joy. After my son was born, my husband and I warriored on through ten more, excruciating rounds of IVF. At the 9th round, my doctor sat us down and told us it was time to put our ‘dream’ to rest. He would do a tenth and final round. That was our goodbye. And of courseChristi's twins that was our miracle.

But the journey didn’t stop…because when you are an IVF patient, you have labs and ultrasounds. I will always recall sitting in the doctor’s office on that June day. My doctor was late. Very late. More than an hour late. That wait was agony. Another doctor in the practice took mercy on my husband and me. He brought us into a too small room for an ultrasound. He stopped midway through and looked at us with this slow, happy smile. I’ll forever remember the moment he held up two fingers in a V sign. Two babies. My twins. ☺

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

As I mentioned…with my son, things don’t come to him the way they do a ‘typical’ child. For the first year of his life, I didn’t think I would ever hear him speak. And I knew from friends in my support network, that some children with Down syndrome did not.

The year he turned 1, he was still not babbling. Not a single consonant. And I would be lying if I didn’t tell you I didn’t think about it every day. Worry about it. Hunger to hear the hint of a word from him. Then,  precisely one year and one day to the date of his birth, my husband and I were lying in bed…it was 5:30 am, a sound came through the crackle and occasional beep of our monitor. “MamaDadaBabaMamaBabaDada”. Who knew babbling consonants could be more beautiful than any other sound? It was the sweetest song I could have myself never have written. In that moment, I slid my eyes closed and just knew joy.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

I was a rather lonely girl. Those voids of friendships were filled with the pages of books. When I was fifteen, I discovered Julie Garwood. More specifically, Julie Garwood’s “The Secret”. The moment her two fictional heroines, Judith and Frances Catherine met as children in the prologue, I was hooked. Fortunately, it was during my summer vacation. I devoured the pages of that book; a story about friendship that defied politics and history, where these brave women then ultimately each found happiness and love with wonderful heroes. In fact, I read it straight through in one night; finished it as morning was breaking. I remember closing the book and running my palms over it…and knowing that someday I would write.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Chris Pratt please!! ☺

Christi is generously giving away a $30 Amazon gift card and one series starter collection from her Heart of a Duke series (For Love of the Duke), Scandalous Seasons series (Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride), and Brethren of the Lords Series (My Lady of Deception)! Enter below.


Christi Caldwell USA TODAY Bestselling author CHRISTI CALDWELL blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love!” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting historical romances, chasing around her feisty six-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    And I love reading the updates of Rory and the girls!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Diana,
      Thank you so, so much!! It means so much that you enjoy sharing in their lives! Huge hugs!

  • Marissa Yip-Young

    I love dukes:)

    • Christi Caldwell

      Oh, yes!! How do you feel about the self-made heroes, too? I’m always curious as to what readers like in their heroes!

      • Marissa Yip-Young

        I don’t mind them; especially, bad boy billionaires with attitude/

  • Julie Ford

    Christi, you have a beautiful family and I love your books. Thank you for sharing your time and talent.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Julie,
      You are always so wonderful. Thank you for all your support. Much love!

  • Laura Boon

    Thank you for sharing your story and for the recommendations. I love to here about ‘old’ romances I should read.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you for commenting, Laura!! I hope you enjoy them!! : )

  • catslady

    I love reading about Dukes – thanks for this chance.

    • Christi Caldwell

      You’re so welcome! Thank you for commenting!!! (I love a good (and bad) duke, too! ; )

  • Texas Book Lover

    Good things it is still very early because your story about your children just made me cry reading it while sitting at my desk at work. They are precious!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Oh, thank you so, so much. Huge hugs!!!

  • Sheryl N

    What a great post. I am a big fan of your books already Christi.

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    I can’t wait to read For Love of a Duke! It looks really good!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much, Melissa!! : )

  • Sue Gorman

    Beautiful post Christi!!
    You are blessed to have a beautiful family.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much, Sue. I have been blessed. I always say they were well worth the wait! : )

  • Kristan Higgins

    Christi, I love your story…and though I just met them once, I love your kids! No one deserves success more than you, and can I say once again what a HUGE fan I am? xox

    • Christi Caldwell

      Oh, Kristan. We were so touched (but not surprised) by how wonderful you were with our three! Thank you for the kind words and for being so supportive in so many ways! You are as talented as your are witty as you are kind!! Huge hugs

  • Nancy Steen

    From the heart as always, Christi. Beautiful read and pictures.

    • Christi Caldwell

      And you are as kind and graciously supportive as always, Nancy. I am always touched by your beautiful words and thoughts for me, my books, and my family! Much love!

  • Angie Bartley

    Really loved learning about you and your family. I always love getting to know more about the authors that I read. It makes me appreciate all the time and hard work you put in all the more.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so, so much, Angie. And I am honored that you take time to read my stories, as I find so much joy in telling them!! Huge hugs!

  • Jennifer C

    Wow, your story with your kids really touched me. It gave me hope, too, as I am on that journey myself. Your children are beautiful! And I love history in my romances! 🙂

    • Christi Caldwell

      Jennifer,
      I wish you so much luck on your journey. It is never one I imagined I’d have to make, but at some point, it makes sense, even when you think it never can. The middle names of my two girls are actually: Faith and Hope. : ) Please feel free to find me on Facebook, if you ever wish to connect! Wishing you all the best, Jennifer!

      • Jennifer C

        Thank you SO much, Christi! I love your daughter’s middle names. So perfect!

  • Lynn Brooks

    Adorable kiddos! 🙂

    • Christi Caldwell

      Awww, thank you, Lynn!!

  • Christina Fashant

    I still cry reading your IVF stories. Thank you for sharing them…and your fiction stories too!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Christina,
      Thanks for following along so much of our journey. I’m happy to have found you along the way!! Much love to you! (and I can’t wait to meet at Spokane!)

  • Jodi Lattanzio

    Some of the best reading…you never disappoint!!! Have so loved your stories, both written and lived!! 🙂

    • Christi Caldwell

      I am always so humbled by your kind words about me and my books, Jodi. Thank you.

  • cheryl c.

    Thanks for sharing your personal story. It touched my heart.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you, Cheryl. That means a lot.

  • Teresa

    I love your books, they are so well written.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much, Teresa!!

  • Christi Caldwell

    Oh, Melissa!! That is so very sweet! : ) I’m honored that you want to share in my family and in my books! Tremendous hugs and love

  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos

    Love your stories Christi .counted on my kindle and I have only 10 of yours . Need some others that I don’t have

    • Christi Caldwell

      Awww, Demetra! You are so beautifully supportive to me, my books, and my wee ones! Thank you for everything! : )

  • Christi Caldwell

    Jayla,
    I am so glad our paths crossed, as well.Thank you for the beautiful words. And I wanted to say, I love always hearing your thoughts on my heroes and heroines! Hugs and Love to you!!

  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos

    And Rory is a quite extronary little man . Love the pic of Riley at her birthday when you said she was a wallflower and she’s never one. And in her pirate hat

    • Christi Caldwell

      : ) He is a warrior and has been since birth! Thank you for seeing that!

  • Sharon Frizell

    such a touching and emotional story, you brought tears to my eyes , if we had more people out there like you , we would have a better world ,kisses for ROARY AND THE GIRLS , SUCH A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY,

    • Christi Caldwell

      Sharon,
      I am touched by your tears. Thank you for the incredibly gracious words about me and the kind thoughts for my family. Much love to you!

      • Sharon Frizell

        love seeing pictures of Rory and the twins they are adorable , can’t wait untill my first granddaughter is born , another month and she will be here

  • Christi Caldwell

    Cynthia,
    I wish you peace, beauty, and happiness on your own journey. It is not an easy one, but it makes us stronger. All my best…and thank you for the kind words! Huge hugs!

  • jcp smith

    Love RAR month which allows me to be introduced to new to me authors. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you for commenting! I’m happy to connect here at RARM! It is a wonderful thing Bobbi has created! : )

  • Aleen D

    Such a beautiful story Christi! You are such a strong woman and mother that I can’t help but admire and I hope that one day I can be like that too.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much, Aleen! I am touched by your words. I think we are all like that. We have strength we don’t see in ourselves, but it’s there in all of us. I truly believe that.

  • Laura Michaela Drone Banse

    Christi, I love reading about your family. Your love shows in every word. Thank you for sharing with us!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you for the kind words, Laura. That means a lot. They are my everything. : ) Huge hugs!

  • Rachel Collings

    Beautiful all around. I love strong family women and you are proof that it can all be had

    • Christi Caldwell

      What a beautiful compliment, Rachel! Thank you so very much!

  • Molly

    I love your books.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you, Molly!!

  • Elizabeth ‘Liza’ Schroedle

    I enjoy your books. I have only been following you on Facebook since June and i love your stories and pictures about Rory and the twins.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Elizabeth,
      I’m so happy we’ve connected! Thank you for following the adventures of my little ones and loving my stories!

  • Jill

    Love your books

    • Christi Caldwell

      Awww! Thank you, Jill!! Huge hugs!

  • Alyn Yang

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you for your kind words and commenting, Alyn!! : )

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    I follow you on FB, and I adore the pictures of all your kids. My son doesn’t have Down syndrome, but he does have 16p11.2 Microduplication syndrome and it can cause behavior problems, developmental delays, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and a few other possible issues. You are a very strong mom, and are very blessed!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you for the wonderful words about me and my children, Amy. And thank you so much for sharing about your son’s syndrome. You are also a strong, blessed mother! Huge hugs!!

  • Karen Mikusak

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway. Would love to win!

    • Christi Caldwell

      You’re so welcome, Karen! Thank you for commenting!

  • Charlotte Litton

    I love the way Christi shares her joy for her family. She shares pictures of Rory and the girls, there is pure love. Thanks Christi for the chance ❤ love your books.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Awww, Charlotte!! Thank you for the wonderful words about my books and my family. Huge hugs!

  • Kareni

    Thank you for a lovely post. Wishing you much happiness and joy.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much for your well-wishes, Kareni!!

  • Rhonda Jones

    I have devoured Christi’s books since Forever Betrothed Never a Bride
    Ithunk I read the whole series in 5 days. As I read I kept.asking for more and she delivered. How she writes and put out books sonfast is amazing. She doesn’t keep her readers waiting for her stories. Christi is also personal she keeps us smiling with her kids antics. Thanks for making me feel like you felt when you read The Secrect
    ♡♡♡♡

    • Christi Caldwell

      Rhonda,
      I am so happy you found that first book of mine and found me! I love your love of romance novels….and can’t tell you how much I love hearing from you after you read one of my stories! Meeting you at RWA was one of my highlights! And I am so humbled that you’d liken reading my books to reading “The Secret”! Much love to you!

      • Rhonda Jones

        Its true, and I was in awe meeting you and so nervous. You made feel like a treasured friend and I will always adore you for it

        • Christi Caldwell

          Well, I felt like I was meeting a treasured friend! You were the first reader I met at a conference! And it was a joy speaking to you that day! Huge hugs!

  • Beth K. Vogt

    Hi, Christi — so fun to run into you online after meeting you in an elevator at RWA! 🙂 And I agree with you: I love that romances promise us happily ever afters!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Beth!! LOL What were the chances of that?? I looked at your badge and had that ‘I-know-her’ moment! I’m so happy to have met you at RWA that afternoon!! Huge hugs! (And I can’t wait for your post tomorrow!)

  • Angie Frawley

    Christi,as always,you and yours bring a smile to my heart!!!…You know I adore all your imperfect heros and the ladies who set them straight!!!..here’s to many more stories on the horizon!!!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Awww!! And your post just gave me the biggest smile, so we’re even! Thank you, Angie!! Huge hugs!

  • Debra MacArthur

    I “found” Christi while attending an on line book release party… and I have not regretted shouting out hello to her. I LOVE Forever Betrothed, Never a Bride.. fell in love with a supporting character and demanded he have his own story.. little did I know…the words were already running around in her head as the characters screamed to be let out. I have read each and every story Christi has shared with us. I have laughed, cried and watched as an Author has grown into an adept storyteller. Now I wait (im)patiently awaiting the next story. She has shared some personal tidbits with us, including trials and triumphs with her children. She is a genuine person, with a genuine love for family and the written word.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Debra,
      I am so incredibly touched by your post, your words, and support. As you probably know, a lot of my heart goes into each story. And it means so much that you want to share in all of those tales, and the tales of my family! I feel so, so blessed we met all those months ago! Much love to you, Debra!!

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    I love Christi’s books!! thank you for the heartwarming insight into your life.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Dorothy, I love that you are loving my books!! And thank you for the kind words about my post! Huge hugs!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Very inspiring! Great post!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you, Debbie! <3

  • dholcomb1

    loved reading your [life] story.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much!

  • Sarah Blumkin

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m off to go add your books to my TBR list. 🙂

    • Christi Caldwell

      Awww! Thank you for the kind words and thank you for adding me to your TBR list Sarah! I would love to hear what you think when you have a chance to read! Huge hugs!

  • Christyna

    Julie Garwood was my “first,” too! She got me hooked with “Saving Grace” when I was in college. Love her and loved your post. Keep looking for that joy in romance!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Julie Garwood is a master storyteller, isn’t she Christyna? Thank you for the lovely comments on my post!

  • Brenda Hunt

    I knew most of your story and it still amazes me your strenght in all of it. I understand your need to escape to that world where yes there are hardships to overcome but your in control and can bring that happily ever after for them. I love your books, your imperfect hero and heroine, for who among us are perfect. Thank you your friendship and your books, a place where all who read you can escape.

  • OMG, Christi you have got to stop making me cry!!!… My folks think I am going crazy every time I read this kinda stuff by you….Y ou are such an inspiration lady <3 BIG LOVE

    • Christi Caldwell

      Sissie,
      You are always so beautiful! Thank you so, so much! Huge hugs to you!

  • Patty Vasquez

    In my classroom every day presents new and different challenges and often very difficult ones. Going home to the evening news can be even more distressing. I tell my co-workers I read romance because I’m guaranteed a happy ending, something to keep me going when the real world becomes just too much. A few hours of love and hope can go a long way toward making things right again.

    • Christi Caldwell

      So beautifully said, Patty!! Before I wrote, I taught. So many of my students struggled in ways that no one should ever struggle. Love and hope certainly do go a long way!!

  • Barbara Saxe Bogert

    I love historical and always happy to find new books!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you for commenting, Barbara! I’ve long been a lover of historical romance! Do you read other genres, as well?

  • mariannewestrich

    I’ve just added you to my TBR list! 😎

    • Christi Caldwell

      Awww! Thank you so much for adding me to your TBR list, Marianne!

  • Glenda

    It sometimes amazes me how some of the people who look down on reading romance believe they are intellectually superior even though they don’t read anything…. 😉

    • Christi Caldwell

      So, well-said, Glenda!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Congratulations on your beautiful family & success in your career! Thank you for sharing your touching moments. I am a great believer in HEA in reading & refuse to read anything that doesn’t have the happy ending. Same with movies!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so, so much Sharlene!! I am like you, and have been since I was thirteen…I want my stories with an HEA! As I said, life is hard enough…I like to find joy within the pages of my books!

  • Shawna

    Wonderful blog, thank you for sharing.

  • I am not embarrassed at all, to say that I read romance books. I have never had anyone ask me why I read them before. If they did I would just simply say, I like them. Your children are beautiful! I love reading about them each day on Facebook. Thank you!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Angela,
      I applaud your pride and convictions! That is so admirable. (And thank you for the kind words about my little ones and for following our daily going-ons!) : ) Huge hugs to you, Angela!

  • Chelsea B.

    Bravo! I loved your post. I get the same reaction. I don’t know what they expect my answer to be. I’m not embarrassed. I enjoy romance and happiness. It makes me happy 🙂

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you for the kind words about my post, Chelsea!! You get the same reaction to your readings, then? I want to say brava to you for proudly answering your critics and maintaining your love of romance and happiness!!

  • Angela H

    I love the picture of your babies. They are the cutest.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much, Angela!!

  • Marcy Shuler

    While reading your post I can feel your joy, Christi, and that brings me joy.
    The Secret is also one of my favorite books!

    • Christi Caldwell

      Marcy,
      You have no idea how touched I am that you can see my joy in the post. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post, as well! Huge hugs!

  • Diane Peterson

    I love your story and the courage you show in dealing with things so well. Your story of romance reading is similar to my own. Best wishes for all of your endeavors.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Diane,
      Thank you so very much. It was a journey to find my inner joy. And I did have to emerge from a lot of sadness, fear, and anger to get to where I am. I often say that writing helped me heal and strengthened me. Thank you for your warm wishes! Huge hugs

  • BookLady

    What beautiful children! Your story is an inspiration for all. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you for the wonderful compliment about my children, and for finding something inspiring in my own personal story.

  • Janie McGaugh

    Wonderful post! Your love and joy in your children shines through here and in your Facebook posts.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much, Janie!! (And thank you for stopping to comment on my Read-A-Romance-Month post)! Huge hugs to you!!

  • Crystal

    I follow your FB page and while I’m not very chatty your post with your beautiful children always make me smile! And I just love all of Julie Garwood . I was so disappointed when the library ran out of her books to read , luckily the librarians were amazing and called all the way to Columbus library to get me more 🙂 ( This was in High School lol )

    • Christi Caldwell

      Awww, I’m so glad my wee one posts make you smile!! I certainly smile every day because of them! And your librarians sound amazing!! What is/was your favorite Julie Garwood book, Crystal?

      • Crystal

        Ohhh I just love all of her historical’s so much but I would have to pick The Prize , I just loved the part where she picks Royce and he is so surprised! And For the Roses , was totally hooked when the boys found the little baby! Ohh and the books with the “brothers” …….. ok lol I’m just back to I love all of her historicals 🙂

        • Christi Caldwell

          Great picks!! I loved The Gift! That is another one that’s stayed with me!!

  • kirsten west

    Very moving and joyful memories! Thanks for sharing.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you for the kind words, Kirsten!

  • Michele Hayes

    Hi, Christi. So nice to read about your family. I love seeing the pictures you post on FB and hearing about Rory’s accomplishments. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much for saying that, Michele!! I always love chatting with you on FB! : )

  • Karen

    Hello Christi! I’m a fan who finds joy in Christi’s books. I’m always happy to hear about her three beautiful children as well. Thank goodness Christi found her joy in life. In doing so, she has blessed her readers with a bit of that joy too.

    • Christi Caldwell

      That is so beautiful, Karen. Thank you. It means so much knowing that you find joy in my books and my family! Much love to you!

  • K Davis

    I think Whitney, My Love was one of the books that got me hooked on romance novels. I love your books too. 🙂

    • Christi Caldwell

      Thank you so much, K! : ) And I love that we share a love of “Whitney, my Love!” (Say that ten times fast!)

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Thank you for sharing your story. When my sister complained about having only 1 child when I had 4, I told her that G-d only gives us what we can handle. So on those hard days, remember you were chosen to parent a special needs child. I use romance books to escape the demands of my life and thank you for writing books to support that habit of mine.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Eileen,
      I think you are right. God doesn’t give us more than we can handle…and I always say he knew exactly what I needed when he gave me my son. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Heather Doyle

    Love see your pictures and family moments. You are a fantastic author and I am so glad I found your stories. That are absolutely amazing and so heartfelt. 🙂

    • Christi Caldwell

      Heather, I am so happy we’ve connected! Thank you for the beautiful words about my stories and my family! Much love!

  • Sandy Xiong

    I have a lot of nieces and nephews and being around them makes me so happy. I’m on my way to being a teacher because I enjoy being around children but for the past year and so, I’ve been thinking about changing to a special ed teacher. From how I view it, there is more joy and happiness when it comes to teaching special ed students as they are always happy.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Sandy,
      I wish you all the best in your journey as a future teacher..and I deeply admire those teachers/special educators who work with my child and his friends. I worked as a collaborative teacher for many years before my son was born and had a great appreciation like you for all students! Thank you for sharing!

  • Janice Beckett

    Christi: You’re one of my favorite authors and a incredible person. I love your books because they feature men and women who find love and joy despite major life traumas. The triumph of love over tragedy is a powerful message we all need once in awhile. Your life story reflects that many times over.

    • Christi Caldwell

      Janice,
      You are so wonderfully kind to say that. With all the amazing authors out there, it is such an honor to know I am one of your favorites. I love what you’ve said…about the triumph of love over tragedy…because I think those tragedies shape us and define us! Thank you for seeing it in my stories! Huge hugs!

  • Debbie_K

    always open to new authors

    • Christi Caldwell

      Lovely connecting at RARM! : )

  • Ren

    I haven’t had the pleasure of reading your books; however, I love historicals. I will have to check out your books.

  • Linda Henderson

    You are a new to me author but I’m adding your books to my wish list. I love discovering new to me authors.

  • Ellen

    I could just hug your children. (Just seeing their pictures make me smile.) They are lucky to have such a loving mother. I look forward to reading your books.

  • Dawn Anderson

    I absolutely love the pictures of your kids and the stories about your son. Your joyful sound story brought tears to my eyes.

  • Karen

    Christ Caldwell knows how fabulous I think she is as a writer and person. I’m privileged to be able to call her my friend. I’m so very thrilled everyone else is finding this out for themselves too! Love you heaps Christi!!

  • Quinn Fforde

    Such a beautiful post! *wiping eyes*

  • flchen1

    Christi, I love reading your posts about your children–they always make me smile 🙂 And I’m glad your stories are giving you joy as you write and us readers joy as we read!

  • Thank you so much for your words. A great hug to your precious son and fairy daughters!

  • Sheila M

    I agree that romance brings beauty and joy and happiness!

  • LSUReader

    What a heart-warming story about the sound that brings you joy…makes my heart smile. Thanks for that.

  • Kai W.

    I am sad to say that I haven’t read Secrets. I read everything else of Julie Garwoods

  • Mary McCoy

    Love your books and really enjoyed Rory’s camp pictures

  • Seanna Yeager

    I love your heroes.

  • Range Girl

    Wow. What a powerful blog! I am floored. Thank you for sharing.

    -Miranda

  • Sue G.

    One of my best friends has a special needs Down Syndrome child. He is almost 18 now but it has been a rough road. His first winter he had to be removed from any physical contact from anyone except his parents and 2 yr old brother. He kept getting different virus and this was the only way the Dr. said he had a chance. He probably will never be able to live on his own but he is actually fairly smart. He didn’t speak much either in the beginning but they did teach him baby sign language. The relationship he has with is older brother is priceless. He would do anything for younger brother. Congrats to you for your survival. It’s amazing what one can do when they have to!

  • Pamby50

    Christi you are a new author to me. I have added you to my list. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us.

  • Nicole Potter

    I agree! I have so many people who are always astonished I read romance novels, and as you say, almost “embarrassed” for me. I used to be shy about the fact I read romance, but over the past few years I’ve cared less and less! I LOVE ROMANCE NOVELS. The stories they tell – the relationships that are created, are all so wonderfull! Two people overcoming all odds to be with each other, to have a happy ending – those are my types of books! And I happily explain that every time I’m asked now, haha!

  • rebecca moe

    “And life is hard enough, so that a world where happily ever after is always guaranteed, is a world I want to be part of.”

    Exactly! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Carol Luciano

    A beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to reading your books.
    Thnks for this giveaway chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Erin F

    thank you for such a very enjoyable post! I have several of your books in my TBR pile and I’m so excited to get started 🙂

  • Tina B

    Thank you for sharing some of your personal struggles and joys with us.
    Children are a blessing, but it can definitely come with some hard times, especially when you add an illness or special need to it.
    Your little ones are adorable! 😀

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

    Reading your post fills me with tears of joy and so much love! I thought I replied after reading it the day you posted! I came back to check and just wanted to say what an honor it is to know you! You have an amazing family and Your stories are pure LOVE❤️ Xoxoxox