The Gift That Lasts Forever


What is the one gift that is almost always free, you can give it to yourself or others can give it to you, it doesn’t require shopping, and it renews itself daily. The answer is simple. Our memories.

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly storing up memory gifts. As I look back on my life, I discover I have so many treasured memories. As we get older, we realize the importance of these special gifts. They become priceless in that no matter where life takes us, no person can take our memories from us.

For me, I have two main categories where I store up my memories. My family memories and my career memories.

I find my most special family memories are usually the ones that happen without planning. Time spent with my mom and dad as a child. Going to church with them, playing the piano for them. Baking a pumpkin cake for my dad before he passed away and having him tell me it was the best cake ever.

Later on, the moments spent with my husband during our thirty-plus years of marriage stand out in my memory as precious. I love simply being alone with him and spending quiet time together.

Then there are the moments spent with my two boys, the birthday parties, sporting events, graduation. Watching them as they grew into men, got married, and had children of their own.

I have to say some of my most special moments of late are the ones spent with my three granddaughters. Their births, watching them grow and play. Develop their unique personalities. God willing, I’ll have many more memories to store up with them.

My career category of memories is filled with lessons learned. The road to being a published author is not always an easy path. For me, one of my favorite memories is watching the story in my head come to life before my eyes. When I found out I sold to Love Inspired Suspense, well that was the most amazing memory.

So, have you ever thought what it would be like if you woke up one day and all your memories were gone? A scary thought, no doubt.

Well, that’s the premise behind my upcoming June Love Inspired Suspense, Deadly Memories.


deadly memories



Amnesia may be keeping Ella Weiss from remembering her past—but not from saving the little boy who’s been her fellow prisoner the last seven years. After managing to escape her cell, all she wants is to find where little Joseph is being kept. Instead she runs straight into CIA agent Kyle Jennings. Kyle isn’t sure if Ella is actually a kidnap victim or if she’s working for the gunrunner he’s been after. One thing he is certain of is her uncanny resemblance to the wife he thought he’d buried. To save a child’s life and stop a terrorist from slipping through his fingers, he’ll need to uncover the secrets of Ella’s past—and whether or not she’s really the woman he’s never stopped loving.

Think about all the special memory gifts you have collected through the years. If you could take just a couple of them with you into the future, which one would you chose?


All the best…


Mary Alford




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2 Responses to The Gift That Lasts Forever

  1. akankshaagr says:

    thanks to share it. Well! I’ll prefer my childhood days which I spent with my dear cousins. Actually I’m a single child of my parents & I love them the most.

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  2. raoulworks says:

    Loved your post and I wish you all the best with your upcoming novel

    Liked by 1 person

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