A Family at Feud

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It seems only right that I should share this with you now, on this week before Thanksgiving. Family Memories are what this holiday is all about and we have one that may outlive us!

My sister-in-law, Sherry, called with an idea to do something we’d never done before. It would include my daughter, Tracy, my daughter-in-love, Ashley, and my niece, Amy. Five total to do it.

The application was made and we waited.

When the call back came we were told to make a video telling them why we wanted to do this thing we’d never done before.

Since we live in the tourist capital of the world, we loaded up in one car and drove to Universal Studios. What better place to make a video?

We laughed more that night than we ever had. We kept asking ourselves, “What in the world are we doing?“

We turned in our hilarious video and we waited.

We received another call that they wanted to see us in person at, of all places, Universal Studios! Now it all seemed possible.

And it was. In 2010, the five of us appeared in the inaugural season of Steve Harvey’s Family Feud. All of our spouses watched from the audience as we attempted to answer ridiculous questions as the Top 100 survey respondents would.

Embarrassing to say the least.

The TV audience never sees what happens when the camera is ordered to “cut!” That is when the “comedian Steve Harvey” appears and shares stories not meant for television.

Many times I thought the producer of the show was going bust from laughing so hard. Steve was unpredictable when off-script and unleashed. She had to let him flow with his stream of thought or he would bust.

And we watched it all as our daughter was many times the brunt of his jokes. He called her “Crazy Tracy” mainly because she knew how to play and answered how she thought the those surveyed would answer. Not how she personally would.

We ended up being on 5 episodes, won the car and $25K. Those five shows were replayed over and over for years! We haven’t received any Facebook messages recently with the familiar, “I just saw you on Family Feud!” so maybe after 11 years it’s settled.

Are we glad we did it? Absolutely. Knowing what we know now about how it went would we do it again? I’m not sure. But we made a lasting memory in our family, and I got new bedroom furniture with my part of the pot. Not bad for 5 hours of embarrassing moments.

You can watch one of the outtakes on You Tube here.

This is my 18th post in The Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in November.

Have You Used Your “Grace20” Yet?

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Grace20 is the code to use in order to get 20% off the purchase price of Through The Eyes Of Grace. I’m also hosting my first ever giveaway on my Facebook page, but I’m going to share the details with you here today. 🙂

A NEW CONTEST:
In an effort to promote my book sale this month, I’m hosting a contest. I’m giving away two (2) signed copies of Through The Eyes Of Grace, one for you and one to give as a gift. To enter all you have to do is like the offer below and click the “share” button. If you also have a Twitter and Pinterest account, I’ll give you two extra entries for sharing it there. I’ll draw one winner on August 1st and announce it here. Thanks so much–and good luck!
 — feelinggrateful.

So, won’t you take a minute to click over to my page and “like” it and the offer. If you’d also share the offer with your friends that will get you an extra entry into the contest. Look for our winner to be announced on Facebook (and here) Friday.

Thanks for helping me spread the word about my grandmother’s story. Blessings to you all!

Waiting

My granddaughters, Bristol and Norah

Remember as a child when Christmas was approaching how it couldn’t get here fast enough? Well, I feel like a child who has been waiting and waiting, and now the day is finally closer than ever. My book, Through The Eyes of Grace, will be ready next month. To those of you who are following my blog, you will be the first to hear about it. You can sign up by clicking the button on the right.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

  • I approved the final copy today.
  • Our first shipment of books will arrive next month.
  • We’re making plans for a trip to Oklahoma to promote interest and hopefully sales. In case you didn’t know–Oklahoma is where my book takes place. 🙂

Each week I’m going to give you a bit more information about my grandmother’s story. When the book is available I’m going to ask a question from the information I share on the blog. For all who guess correctly your name will be entered into a drawing to receive a signed copy of Through The Eyes Of Grace, a $15.99 value.

So be sure to sign up to receive my next post so you don’t miss the clues I share.

Until then,

I wish you well,

Debi