Well...I met her yesterday! The experience was incredible and Val herself was so sweet and down to earth! I thanked her for what she did for me as Gloria and she was really touched. I then gave her the present I had bought for her. Val was like, "Aw, you didn't have to get me anything." I just smiled and was like, "I wanted to." I then asked her if it was okay if I gave her a hug and she obliged without a second thought. She came over to me and let me hug her. When Val hugged back, the hug felt so safe and so full of pure love. I can't describe it any better than that.
After that, I took a picture with her. The funny thing was, my grandmother kept calling Valerie 'Maria! Val and i giggled over that one.
After Val signed the copy of her book I had bought, she handed it to my grandmother and my grandmother went to hand it to me, but Val shook her head. "Can you hold onto it for a minute? I want to give her one more hug." After the second hug, we said good bye, thank you and left. Even though I didn't get as much time with her as one of the workers at the bookstore promised, i wouldn't have traded those five minutes for anything! Val is so sweet and down to earth and she was smiling sincerely the whole time! I could hear it in her voice. Her book is incredible as well! I especially love the part she wrote about TBAA!
What? He loves you
When? Always, forever, without ceasing.
How? Unconditionally, totally and completely.
Why? Because you are His child.