Jeff was getting ready to take the
kids out for they day. They were going to Six Flags over
Texas. Kaye Leigh was a little nervous about meeting Morgan,
but she was not going to mention it to Jeff.
“You guys have a good day and make
sure your dad and Curtis stay out of trouble.” She said
hugging the kids and giving Jeff a kiss.
“You be careful and call me if you
need me. Remember do not make any plans without me.” Jeff said
kissing her back.
“I love you.” Kaye Leigh smiled at
him. “I love you too Jeff.” She told him.
After everyone, left Kaye Leigh sat
down in the living room and prayed for guidance and for
understanding for Jeff. She took the cross that Jeff had
given her in her hand and prayed for all of them. A little
after noon there was a knock on the front door. Kaye Leigh
went to answer the door, opening it she came face to face with
Morgan was not what Kaye Leigh had
pictured; she knew that she was older than Sam was. Kaye Leigh
would have guessed she was between fifty and fifty-five.
Morgan was about five foot six or seven, medium frame, bottle
blonde hair with dark roots showing, and a lot of make up.
She was wearing a tank top and short shorts.
“Morgan?” Kaye Leigh asked.
Morgan could not help but be shocked;
the black and white picture in the paper was nothing in
comparison to the real thing. Kaye Leigh was very petite,
five feet two, maybe a size five if she was lucky. Long dark
brown hair and dark brown eyes. Kaye Leigh wore little make up
and was extremely tan. She was wearing a pair of jeans and a
“Kaye Leigh it’s so nice to meet
you.” Morgan said holding out her hand. Kaye Leigh shook it.
“Come on in, did you have any trouble
finding the place?” she asked moving aside so Morgan could
“Not at all it was a nice drive.”
Morgan said as she walked through the door.
“Would you like something to drink?
Iced tea? Soda?” Kaye Leigh asked.
“Tea would be great thanks.” She
Kaye Leigh went into the kitchen,
poured two glasses of tea, and took them into the living room.
“Please have a seat.” She told Morgan
and handed her a glass.
“Thank you; you have a very beautiful
home.” Morgan said looking around. There was a picture of what
she assumed was Kaye Leigh’s family on the wall. “Is that your
family?” Morgan asked nodding at the picture.
Kaye Leigh looked at it and replied
“Yes, that’s Jeff, Dan, Faith, Grace,
and Josh.” She pointed each of them out.
“Josh looks just like his dad and
Faith looks just like you.” Morgan said. “Sam would love to
see the kids I’m sure. You have a beautiful family.”
“Thank you.” Kaye Leigh replied
choosing to ignore the comment about Sam seeing the kids.
“I have to admit I am a little
intimidated by you Kaye Leigh.” Morgan said.
“Intimidated by me? Why on earth
would you be?” Kaye Leigh said with a little laugh.
“You’re a famous author, beautiful
and wealthy.” Morgan said trying to keep the contempt; she was
feeling out of her voice.
“I’m not that famous, beautiful, or
wealthy.” Kaye Leigh said. “I’m just the same old country girl
I’ve always been. I was a little nervous to meet you too
though, I didn’t know what all Sam had said about me, and I
wasn’t sure if you thought I was some horrible person.”
“When we saw the article about you in
the newspaper about your speaking engagement we were shocked.
Sam had told me what you looked like when you were married,
you’ve changed a lot.” Morgan said smiling.
“This took a lot of work and dieting;
I had to learn how to eat nutritionally and learned to love
exercise.” Kaye Leigh said.
“Well you look great.” Morgan told
“Well Kaye Leigh what I want to talk
to you about is, I am wondering if you would be willing to
meet with Sam alone while you are in Denver? I mean alone for
dinner or something like that.” Morgan said.
“Sam thinks especially since he saw
your picture that you two will get back together. I love Sam
very much Kaye Leigh and I don’t want to lose him over a few
moments of longing for the past.” Tears were in her eyes.
Kaye Leigh felt bad for her. “Do you
think it would make a difference?” she asked.
“I think if he hears from you
directly and sees how happy you are I think he would
understand that whatever you two had was in the past.” Morgan
“I need to talk to Jeff about it, but
if he doesn’t have a problem I would be willing to do that to
help you.” Kaye Leigh said.
“Thank you very much Kaye Leigh.”
Morgan said wiping her eyes.
They talked more about Sam and Kaye
Leigh’s family, and then Kaye Leigh asked if she could pray
with her for her marriage.
When she finished Morgan asked, “What
does your husband do?” She found Jeff extremely handsome and
was considering the possibility that she could be comforting
him once their world crumbled.
“He’s a doctor.” Kaye Leigh said.
“Wow, I am surprised that you don’t
mention that in your books where you tell about yourself.”
Morgan said looking at her.
“He could be whatever; it wouldn’t
make me love him less. I’m certainly not out to impress people
with what he does, not that I’m not proud of him, but being a
doctor isn’t what makes him a great man.” She said.
“I’m sorry I didn’t mean anything by
it.” Morgan said quickly.
“It’s fine really I’ve been asked
that before. It’s just I want people to know that I love Jeff
because of who he is not what he is.” She said.
“I understand perfectly. Well I need
to be getting back to the airport. It was really nice to meet
you and hopefully I will see you in Denver.” Morgan said as
Kaye Leigh walked her out to her car.
Tim was coming up to the house to
talk to Kaye Leigh when he seen them in the driveway.
“Boss?” he said. Kaye Leigh turned to
him and smiled.
“Hi Tim, what is it?” she asked.
Morgan looked over Kaye Leigh’s shoulder at him and gave him a
“I’m looking for Curtis have you seen
him?” he asked.
“He went with Jeff and the kids for
the day. By the way this is Morgan Thomas, this is Tim Grant
he works here at the ranch.” Kaye Leigh said making the
“It’s nice to meet you Mrs. Thomas.”
“Nice to meet you too.” Morgan said.
“Thanks. Boss. Ma’am.” He said
tipping his hat to each of them.
“It was very nice to meet you Kaye
Leigh.” Morgan said getting into her car.
“It was nice to meet you too; I will
call after I talk things over with Jeff.” She replied.
“That will be great.” Morgan said.
She shut her door and started to back out of the driveway.
Kaye Leigh watched until she could not see her anymore.
Kaye Leigh thought that the meeting
was not as bad as she thought it was going to be. She really
did not have a problem talking with Sam, although she did not
understand why seeing a picture of her mad him think they
could get back together. Kaye Leigh had decided that she would
help Morgan if possible and she would have to hope Jeff would
not be too angry with her.
Kaye Leigh went out to the stable to
see if she could help Tim with whatever it was, he needed
“Is Tim around?” she asked when she
got to the stable.
“Over here boss.” He said from inside
one of the stalls.
“I was wondering if I could help with
whatever you needed Curtis for.” She said walking over to him.
“I need to move some branches and
stuff away from the gate; if you want to help I would
appreciate it.” He said.
“Let me grab my gloves and we’ll get
working.” She said.
It was hard moving all the branches
and by the time they were done, Kaye Leigh had scratches all
on her arms and a couple on her cheek where she was not paying
attention to what she was doing. When they finished Kaye
Leigh went to the house and took a shower.
When Jeff, Curtis and the kids
finally got home, it was after ten. They looked like they had
a blast, but looked very tired.
“How was it?” Kaye Leigh asked.
“Great.” The kids said.
“You guys look exhausted.” She said.
“Get ready and we will do devotions so you can get to bed.”
Jeff came over and hugged her.
“I am so tired.” He said. “What
happened to your face?” He turned her head so he could see it
“I was helping move some branches
from around the gate that apparently someone dumped there.”
She explained showing him her arms too.
“Why didn’t the guys do it?” Curtis
“They did, it took a lot of us.” She
“I am so ready for bed.” Jeff said.
Kaye Leigh laughed.
“Getting too old aren’t you? I
wouldn’t be that tired.” She said smiling at him.
“Oh is that what you think?” he
“No that’s what I know.” She said
“Wait until the kids are in bed and
then I’ll show you how old I am.” He said. Kaye Leigh laughed
After they did devotions, the kids
said, “We’re off to bed mom and dad. We’ve got to be up for
“Night kids, we love you.” Jeff and
Kaye Leigh said together. Once the kids were, upstairs Jeff
said, “Now for you young lady, let me grab my cane so I can
chase you upstairs.”
“You’re funny.” She said kissing him.
“You’re only old for the fun stuff with the kids nothing
“Yeah right, I’m not too old for
anything.” He replied.
When they got upstairs and were
getting ready for bed Jeff asked, “How did things go with
“They were good.” She said and she
told him all about the visit.
“Morgan wants you and Sam to have
dinner in Denver? You told her no didn’t you?” He asked
“No, I said I would talk to you and
let her know.” She said simply.
“Why do you want to meet with Sam?”
he asked angrily.
“Not in the way you’re implying.” She
said trying to remain calm. Jeff started laughing.
“You’ve made up your mind already, so
why bother even discussing it with me?” he said.
“Where are you going?” she asked as
he took a pillow and blanket.
“To the couch.” He said.
“Jeff let’s talk about this.” Kaye
Leigh pleaded with him.
“There’s nothing for us to talk
about, we don’t ever need to discus anything again, and you’re
perfectly capable of making up your own mind.” He said looking
“You’re right Jeff I am, and I want
to help Morgan. I do not see anything wrong with helping
another person no matter who they are. But I want your support
and understanding also.” She told him. He did not say another
word just walked out of the room. Kaye Leigh just stood there
looking at the door.
She was still awake an hour later
when their bedroom door opened. She felt Jeff get into bed;
she tried to lie still because she did not want him to know
that she had been crying.
“Kaye Leigh come here please. “ He
said. She rolled over so she was facing him and moved into his
“I’m sorry Kaye Leigh.” He said as he
wiped tears away from her face. “I love you Kaye Leigh and I
really don’t understand why you feel that you need to help
Morgan, but I am going to try to support you because I can see
that it’s important to you.” He kissed her.
“I love you too Jeff, I love you so
much you have to know I wouldn’t do anything to risk our
marriage. You know I don’t have feelings or anything for Sam,
but I would like to help Morgan if I can.” She said. Jeff put
his fingers over her lips.
“Shh let’s not talk about them
anymore.” He said kissing her again.
Sunday they got up early, had a
family breakfast, and went to church. When they got there,
they found pews, the kids always sat in front of them so that
friends could sit with them. When they were settled people
would stop and say hello to them, one little girl always had
to have a hug from Jeff every Sunday. Once she got her hug,
she would go and sit back down with her mom and dad.
“I’m afraid you have competition.”
Jeff whispered to Kaye Leigh after the little girl left.
“After last night I find that hard to
believe.” Kaye Leigh replied smiling at him.
“What do you mean after last night?
It should be hard to believe any time.” He said seriously.
“Oh stop, I trust you a hundred
percent.” She said taking his hand. He laughed.
“I was kidding.” He said.
“Has anyone ever told you that you’re
mean?” she asked laughing.
Curtis, Jon, Miranda and the kids
came in. The other kids joined Josh, Dan, Faith, and Grace in
front of them. Curtis, Jon, and Miranda sat with Jeff and Kaye
“Hi guys.” Jon said giving Kaye Leigh
“Hi.” She replied as she hugged him
“Hi Miranda, how are you doing?” Jeff
asked hugging her.
“Good, but tired.” Miranda said
“Please don’t say a word to Jon about
me meeting with Sam.” Kaye Leigh whispered to Jeff.
“I should tell him, but I promise I
won’t.” he replied.
“Thank you.” She said.
They listened to the sermon, sang,
and prayed. Kaye Leigh loved it when they were all in church
together. She wondered about Jon and Miranda’s commitment to
God, they did not go to church on a regular basis. Some time
she would have to sit down and talk with them about it. They
all went to lunch after church and had a good time visiting.