Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Looking Good!

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004Yesterday, my father celebrated his 77th birthday. He looks pretty good, doesn’t he? He and my mother stay active, playing golf, walking and shopping. Yes, my mother turned him into a shopper. He’s quite a bargain hunter. If there’s a $100 golf shirt marked down to $15, he’ll sniff it out.

I inherited many of my personality traits from him. I pride myself on being a bargain hunter, I don’t pay full price for anything. Like my father, I’m quiet and reserved. I’m uncomfortable being the center of attention.

My father was never a fan of attention. I’ll never forget, driving to his retirement party, over twenty years ago. He said he felt like he was driving to his funeral. The thought of speaking in front of a hundred plus people, wasn’t on his bucket list, nor mine. 

From my father, I learned the value of hard work. He came from humble beginnings, but worked hard to provide for his family. Growing up, I never knew exactly what he did in his position of Deputy Director for Civilian Personnel for the Army, but he left each day, before sunrise, always dressed in a suit and tie. After dinner, we’d gather in the living room and watch television. I have a vivid memory of my father sitting in his Lazy Boy. His briefcase always opened on the floor, and a pile of paperwork on his lap. He read and highlighted, nodding off to sleep now and then. 

Many years ago, when my now twenty something nephew was around three-years-old, he described my father perfectly. As my father installed a ceiling fan for my sister and her husband, my nephew observed. After the job was complete, wearing a huge smile, my nephew looked at my father and said, “You’re a good guy Poppa.”

You are a good guy, dad, and anyone who’s ever met you will say the same. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and our family. We love you!

Happy Birthday!

***On Monday, I received a call from Harlequin in response to the contest I’ve mentioned. I was offered a contract on my book. Needless to say, it’s a dream come true and I’m still digesting everything. In order to get the required revisions back to my editor, I’ll need to step away from Word Press. I’ll miss everyone, but I’ll be back. ❤

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

106 thoughts on “Looking Good!

  1. A lovely tribute. Congrats on the book. See you when you get back

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  2. Jill, How wonderful to have such a wonderful role model for your father. Your love and admiration shines through, this is a lovely compliment to the man he is. Congrats again on the book offer – more hard work for you I’m sure but with the dream coming true I’m sure you will do what must be done. Don’t forget to enjoy this particular ride! xo

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    • Aw…thank you so much, Pauline! My father is pretty awesome. 🙂 Yes, a lot of work still to be done, but I’m ready to get it done and enjoy the ride! I’ll be checking FB for Siddy updates. 🙂 Have a great weekend! xo

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  3. This is just lovely. Your Dad looks such a happy man and with your hard work over your manuscript Jill, you certainly take after him. This is a wonderful, personal tribute to him. I’m so happy for you over the book offer – it couldn’t happen to a nicer, more deserving person.

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  4. Congratulations Jill with book offer, I’m sure you’ll be great.
    It’s great that you cherish your parents, mine are long gone and there are so many things I wished I said and done whilst they were still around.

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    • It’s so nice to see you, Steve. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. My parents have been my rock and my best friends, throughout my entire life. I’m so blessed to have them. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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  5. What a lovely tribute to your dad, Jill. And I’m sure he’s very proud of you. Congrats on the book deal!!! There’s no better reason for stepping away from your blog! I’ll miss you and look forward to your return 🙂

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  6. Happy birthday to your dad. He sounds like a great guy! Your nephew is proof that little kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit. This is a lovely tribute to him.

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  7. And congrats on the book offer, fantastic news!

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  8. Happy birthday to your dad, Jill. What a lovely tribute to him.
    And yes, congrats on your book contract. I’m so proud of you! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, despite the impending deadline. Remember, you can do this!
    oo

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    • Thank you so much, L. Marie! You’d love my father. As for the contract, you were with me throughout the contest. Thanks for dealing with my meltdowns. What a wonderful encourager you were/are. I’m blessed to have you and Derek as my cheerleaders. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Exciting news about your book, Jill. Congratulations.

    And happy birthday to your dad. I’m sure he is a good guy!

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  10. Lovely tribute to you Dad, Jill. Yes, he really is looking good. Happy Birthday to him. So happy about your book. Very exciting for you. *hugs*

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  11. Good news all the way around. Happy Birthday to your dad and congratulations on your book. Sounds like you’re a lot like your dad. 🙂 Good luck on your revisions. See you when you get back here.

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  12. Woohoo on the contract. Not so much for the editing involved. That was a lovely tribute to your dad. It’s funny how children don’t know what it is their parents really do. Wish him happy birthday from the virtual community. We’ll be waiting when you get back.

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  13. A very sweet post for your Dad’s 77th birthday! He looks much younger and love that smile. Golf will keep you healthy, at least that is what CH says… I don’t know, I just drive the cart! Congratulations on the book offer, Jill! I am so happy for you I am happy dancing. I was just telling CH about your submission of your book and then as I kept reading I saw those three little asterisks and the words after them… YAY! See you soon here at your blog when you get all sorted out!

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  14. Jill, you’re so lucky to have both your parents! They must be so thrilled for you about the book offer, and I know they are incredibly proud of their “baby”!

    I’m looking forward to reading about your publishing journey!

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    • Yes, I certainly am, Candace…they’re great! I think they’re both happy. I can’t wait to give them a hard copy of the book. Thank you for following my journey. I never expected this. 🙂 Happy Weekend!

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  15. First off, Happy Birthday to your father. He sounds like a wonderful man.

    And secondly, wow!! Big congrats to you on the contract! That is so exciting. Best of luck to you!

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  16. Lovely tribute to your dad. CONGRATULATIONS on the book deal!!!! You deserve it.

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  17. Loved the story about your Dad. Congrats on the book deal! See you soon.

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  18. Wonderful tribute to your Dad Jill – Happy Birthday!!! AND whoa – congratulations on your book deal, that is awesome news!!

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  19. Fantastic! I’m hopping up and down (in my seat) with excitement 🙂 Well done, Jill! And happy birthday to lovely Dad 🙂

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  20. Yee Haw! Congrats on the book offer . . . that is exciting stuff! And Happy Birthday to your dad.

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  21. Happy birthday to your wonderful dad, Jill. You are very fortunate in your parents. Whoo Hoooo! Congrats on the book! Take your time, we’ll be waiting. ❤

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  22. Gosh – he does look good. You have great genes Jill.
    Happy dance for the book deal!!!! 💃💃💃

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  23. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BOOK!!!!! I love the tiny footnote. A perfect example of the humility you inherited from your Dad. He is a very handsome fella by the way and how proud he must be of you and your accomplishments. 🙂

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  24. Wow, a double-whammy!!! I like how you snuck in that awesome bit of news at the end. 😉 Happy Birthday to a great man and congratulations on the book contract! So well deserved Jill. Have a great weekend (I don’t think it will be too hard).

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  25. What a beautiful tribute to your father, Jill 😀

    …and…CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. I am so pleased for you Jill – Congratulations! I loved this tribute to your father – he sounds like a really nice man. Happy Birthday to him and many happy returns!

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  27. A very happy birthday to a very good guy, and heartfelt congratulations to his wonderful daughter.
    Focus on those writing changes, Jill; we’ll be waiting to hear all about your book!

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  28. Happy birthday to your dad. I love the way you described him and how you have picked up many of his characteristics.

    I’m so happy you were offered a contract by Harlequin. Congratulations!!!

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  29. Happy Birthday to your father, Jill. 🙂

    Most Federal employees aren’t as dedicated as your father. Although my mother and stepfather worked in the finance center for the Air Force for several years and were conscientious, neither took work home with them.

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  30. Fantastic tribute and great news about the book, I wish you every success and know you will succeed because I am great like that.

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  31. First of all, I’m so excited for you and so proud of you, Jill! Congrats on the contract; they are lucky to have you. Second, your father sounds like a fine man and at 77, I still consider him not old. I’m just 15 years younger than him and hope I receive as great a tribute as he when I attain that age. Blessings to you and your family!

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  32. Lovely, lovely tribute to your father – he looks great!
    The Harlequin contract is only FANTASTIC, and I’m so delighted for you. YOU, GO, GIRL!!! ♥♥♥

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  33. Happy birthday to your dad. Through your tribute, I felt his warmth and strength.
    Congratulations on your dream come true! Go do your thing. I look forward to your sharing updates. 🙂

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  34. What a nice tribute to your dad. And, OMG, you got a book contract. Uh…. OMG. This is so exciting I’m squealing for you. OMG. Congratulations, Jill. Stop in and let us know how it’s going.

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  35. Happy Birthday Poppa Weatherholt! He sounds like a great guy, in many ways similar to the way my dad was. And many congratulations on the news about the book Jill, wishing you lots of luck 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Andrea! He is a great guy. We were blessed in the dad department. 🙂 I appreciate the kind words about my book. So far, I’m feeling pretty good with the revisions. Of course, I’ve only just begun. Have a great week!

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  36. Lovely tribute!

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  37. Yay, fantastic re your book offer Jill – I am delighted for you. As for your Dad he looks fantastic for 77. Some people seem to go on well for ever these days. I was racing a 10k on Sunday and felt good as I passed out a guy near the finish. Turned out he was 74 so I felt bad then 🙂

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  38. I hope your dad had a wonderful birthday — AND that he’ll have many more!

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  39. He looks great! 🙂 Happy Birthday to him! 🙂

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  40. I woke up to a better morning and so happy and excited about your book offer: Congratulations, dear Jill!
    I am also extending a warm “hug” for a belated gift to a fine, handsome and Great Dad. Happy belated birthday to you!♡
    On another note, my Mom is ten years older and had a bad fall on slippery wet grass on Sat and I flew up the road to Cleveland to wait in hospital and brothers were worried too. She had 8 am sugary and puzzle pieces of bones are now sturdy with titanium. It has been hard since Mom is forgetful but she also is looking better. Hospital staff love her and cane home to sleep and go back to work. Again, sincere wishes for your books auccess, Jill. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Robin. I’m still digesting all of this. Thank you for the birthday wishes for me and my father. 🙂
      I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. I know how close the two of you are. I’ll keep her and you, in my prayers. Keep me posted. I apologize for not visiting your blog…it’s a busy time. Take care of yourself and your momma! xo

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  41. Jill your Dad looks like a sweetheart. Congratulations on your book, can’t wait to hear more.

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  42. Holy craziness, things are really hoppin’ for Ms Weatherholt…congrats to both you and your Dad! 🙂

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  43. A belated happy birthday to your good looking dad, Jill!

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  44. Happy belated birthday wishes to your father. Your description of him sounds so much like my own Dad. And, yes, he is good looking. 😉

    Best wishes to you on your book. That is exciting news, Jill.

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  45. First, birthday congrats to your dad – a good man! And, second, congrats to you on the book deal! ❤

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  46. Congratulations, Jill! That is fantastic news about the book contract!

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  47. Jill,
    My belated Birthday wishes to you Dad.
    May he live long with Good health and give love to all around.
    Thanks for responding to my comments.
    I have a self proclaimed rule of Following them who respond to my Comments.
    I immediately Follow the person who Follows me, without waiting for time, only I should be online at the time.
    I Follow you now and shall come here as and when the lord wishes or should I say when I make him to make me wish.
    ThankYou
    Shiva

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