Why hello and happy Wednesday. Throughout my 25 years of life, I have heard the phrase, “Only you, Erica Dyer!” several times.

Why hello and happy Wednesday. Throughout my 25 years of life, I have heard the phrase, “Only you, Erica Dyer!” several times.

I’d like to take you back to March 3. It was on this particular day that I read and/or heard “Only you!” exactly 17 times.

Before I can explain the sheer crazy amaziness of what happened that led to 17 exclamations of this phrase, I need to fill you in on something pretty important that you don’t know about me yet. While some people reserve their starstruck energy and excitement for people like Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt, or Oprah – I am so honest in saying that I was much more excited and starstruck three years ago when I had the incredible opportunity to meet… my favorite author. Stop laughing and keep reading, because this gets good.

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s No. 1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her 40 novels, 10 of which have hit No. 1 on national lists. So in other words, she is so incredibly awesome.

After reading one of her books my sophomore year of college, I was hooked. Her books inspire me to be a better person, and I love them so much that I encourage everyone I know to read them. I even led a small group in college in which we read and discussed all five books in her “Redemption” series.

Shortly after graduating college, I had the opportunity to meet her and spend 15 unforgettable minutes talking with her. Because of my crazy and passionate enthusiasm for Karen, my friends have teased me claiming I like Karen more than my actual friends. So when I was making my wedding Web site, I decided to be funny and put up a picture of Karen and I with a caption that read, “MOH Hopeful – still waiting to hear back from Karen.”

Just when I was about to take that picture down and put up the pictures of my actual bridesmaids, I decided to forward the link to Karen’s e-mail listed on her Web site as a joke. OK, and let me just say – my hopes are always up, and even I forgot all about it and expected nothing to come of this. I had e-mailed her several times in the past few years and had never heard anything back.

I walk into work on March 3, check my e-mail, and literally scream when I see Karen Kingbury in my in-box. She saw the link, loved the Web site, and said, “Why not?” Karen shared with me that before her father passed away, he reminded her to truly treat her readers as her friends, as there are no autograph lines in heaven.

So, oh yes, Karen is coming to our wedding. I cannot effectively type the excitement, joy and awe that have been the past couple of weeks – e-mails, phone calls, texts from Karen Kingsbury. It’s still a little unbelievable.

There are a few more super-exciting details that you’ll have to come back next week to read about, but until next time let me leave you with one thought – dream big!