Please help a friend of mine win her fantasy wedding.  She’s a finalist in a contest held by our local newspaper.  They’re giving the lucky winner a $25000USD wedding.  Let me tell you why you should vote for her and then I’ll tell you how to vote.  It’s just a couple of clicks for you, but a lifetime of happiness for my friend.  Here’s the story.  It’s a real tear jerker, as we say in the States, so get our your kleenex / tissue / handkerchief or whatever you call it in your country.

Janice is a grief counselor like me, and she helps adults who are working through the death of a spouse or child.  But that’s not the teary part.  That’s just how I know her.  She is marrying a love that she lost more than seventeen years ago, a love reunited in a way that is a fairy tale of its own…

Janice was a divorced mother of two young children when she met and fell in love with Chris the first time.  Their life was happy and ideal until about a year later when Janice’s two year old son, Austin, was diagnosed with Leigh’s Disease, a genetic condition that caused his body to attack his nervous system.  Soon Austin was confined to a wheelchair and would die a year later.  Chris stood by Janice all through Austin’s illness and death, taking care of Janice and her children, trying to bring comfort to the family he loved through their darkest time.  He would wheel Austin everywhere, taking tender care of him, just as if the little boy were his own son.  Chris was with them up through the end of Austin’s life.

After Austin died, the stress of moving through grief changed Janice and Chris’ relationship.  As each struggled to deal with their individual grief, they slowly moved apart.  The relationship never ended, but it faded away.  If you have ever lived through the death of a young child, you can understand.  Chris married someone else, but Janice never married.

Janice worked through Austin’s death, and eventually became a grief counselor, volunteering her time to help other mothers and fathers in their darkest hour.  She raised her daughter to be a wonderful young woman and watched her leave the nest.  The years passed…

Late last year, Chris was in the check out lane at a local store and he struck up a conversation with the man ahead of him in line.  They had a mutual interest, and the conversation continued as they walked out of the store and into the parking lot.  The man’s truck had the logo of a local landscaping firm, and Chris suddenly realized that he had been talking with Janice’s ex-husband.  He worked up the courage to ask for Janice’s phone number.  Chris’ marriage hadn’t worked out well, and he had been divorced for a number of years.  The thought of reconnecting with his love from long ago was exciting.  He asked Janice out, and they found that old spark was still there between them.  After a week of dating, she took courage in hand, called him up and told him that she wasn’t going to let him get away this time.  Chris breathed a sigh of relief because he’s been wanting to say the same thing to her but was afraid of scaring her off.  So seventeen years later, the lovers are reunited.  Their love has stood the test of tragedy and has been rekindled.

So that is why I’m asking you to help them win this contest.

Here’s how you do it:

Go to the newspaper’s site and look for the voting box:

Click on the middle choice, Janice Louise Cipriano-Dillard and Christopher Clark Ferry, then click Vote.  It’s as simple as that to make a dream come true.

Voting ends at midnight March 31st.  That date and time is for the United States’ Pacific time zone.

I’ll let you know how the voting goes.

If any of you could reblog this, I’d love it!


  1. Louise says:

    Reblogged this on The Sacred Cave and commented:
    The post above is reblogged from Chris Donner: Mystery Writer. Come on! Let’s spread the love! 🙂

  2. I voted and looks like this amazing couple are neck and neck with just one other. Altho I have made a personal choice and stand about reblogging I am incurable romantic, and when people re-connect it’s obviously so meant to be.I’ll reblog this with much love & hope Chris.

    I have a friend who waited almost 53 yrs for her 1st love. They are now happily domesticated in Newport. How lovely, yes?

  3. Reblogged this on Lady Barefoot Baroness and commented:
    As many of you may know I make a personla choice about reblogging. But I am going back on that for one blog, for one post because I am a romantic person at heart.
    I think your heart will be greatly touched by this story. Come and read, vote and them share.

  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Reblogged this on Cee's Life Photography Blog and commented:
    Please vote for this wonderful couple get their dream wedding. I remember Chris telling me about them when they first reconnected. It is truly a charming and loving story….and yes a tear jerker!
    Hugs and blessings

  5. fgassette says:

    Cee directed me to site and I voted she is at 1474 26% of vote


  6. Sonel says:

    Voted. 🙂

  7. dadirri7 says:

    one more vote 🙂

  8. Northern Narratives says:

    I voted. Good luck to them.

  9. rutheh says:

    Okay, vote is in. Hope they win!

  10. Cathy G says:

    I voted! It turns out my husband and I also married after seventeen years. I hope you’ll take a moment to read our story. Thanks!

  11. Get your butts out and vote, they NEED more votes! 🙂

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