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morning-gloryMy sister and I stumbled across this movie years ago and it’s become one of our go-to films, because it’s such a simple little story of how two damaged people open up and learn to love.

It’s based on a book written by Lavyrle Spencer. I’ve read most of her stuff, and it was one of my favorites…the kind that makes you go “awwwww”. I was thrilled to learn it had been made into a movie. It stars Christopher Reeve and Deborah Raffin.  We watched it again just last week and decided the acting was his best ever.

Will Parker is a man with an unfortunate past. After serving five years in prison for manslaughter, he’s just trying to find work. While passing through a small town in Georgia, he sees an ad in the paper. Ellie Dinsmore, recently widowed mother of two small boys and another on the way is advertising for a husband.

Desperate, Will goes to her farm. Despite Ellie’s misgivings, she agrees to put him up in the barn. After discovering how much they need each other, Will and Ellie fall in love and marry. She gives birth to a healthy little girl, and they work together to make the farm profitable.

But something happens to threaten their happiness, and Ellie is forced to come out of her shell and fight for the man she loves.


Honey Butter

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup honey

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended (about 2 minutes). Serve butter at room temperature.