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Thursday, January 3, 2013 • Barbara Parentini
Beauty, Inspiration, and Hope
Dear Gentle Friends~

Many thanks for your enthusiastic support of my Soaring Hearts cards over the years. More than ever before as an inspirational writer, I felt God leading me to shine Light into a hurting world from the pages of Soaring Hearts cards. Let me share a little about my journey with you. . .

About eighteen months ago on a beautiful island off the Gulf coast of Florida, I walked into a Walgreens store to buy film for an old camera that belonged to my mother. I never dreamed that God would use this brief encounter to plant a seed in my heart for His purpose and direction.

Months later after many struggles and obstacles, a door swung wide-open for Soaring Hearts at a beautiful new Walgreens store in Apex, North Carolina (NC 55 & Old Jenks Road). On September 4, 2012, Soaring Hearts shone from the display; and in early December an editor from the Apex paper called me for an interview to promote the Walgreens' 'Meet the Author' event on December 8th. 
You can read the newspaper article here:   

It was a thrill to see old friends and meet new ones as people streamed into the store to peruse cards and books. My new Christmas Angel card on white linen, as well as pearl paper, stole the show that afternoon! The delighted expressions on the faces of customers, and the friendly support of Walgreens' staff lingers in my memory. 

Another divine coincidence in December resulted in connecting with a greeting card rep who loved Soaring Hearts, and shared them with a client. I've always entertained a secret desire to work with flowers, and often arrange them in my home. I was excited for Soaring Hearts to perch at Victoria Park Florist, voted number one florist in Chapel Hill in 2012. 

This boutique florist is known for its gorgeous flowers and artistic arrangements. Margaret Pender, the shopkeeper, charmed me with her English accent and personable manner, and her compliments about the "beautiful cards" warmed my heart. If you're in the area, please check out this florist in the Timberlyne Shopping Center in Chapel Hill. 

You'll find details about this special florist at this link:

I'll post more exciting events coming up in 2013, on my Blog and Events schedule. Look for Soaring Hearts at the Literary Fair in Cary, North Carolina, in late January. I'll joined by colleagues from my American Christian Fiction Writers' circle. You can also view pictures on Soaring Hearts Cards page on this site, as well as my Facebook page. 

I'd love for you stop by to Like my author page: 

As many of you know, I write a lot about love. Look for the BRIDES collection planned for arrival near summer. If you love a wedding like I do, you'll sigh with these romantic cards. 

So, dear friends, I'm grateful for you. It's my privilege to write stories, books, and cards that touch your heart. I pray they bring you as much joy as they do me. Thank you for an unforgettable year! 

I send you my warmest wishes for a year filled with an abundance of love and blessings. 

                             All Gifts by Grace,


When you send Soaring Hearts, you send love.

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