Elizabeth ThatcherI knew I wanted to be a teacher by the time I finished my first day of kindergarten. Once I could read, I devoured books about teachers; Christy by Catherine Marshall, Tisha by Robert Specht, and nearly every Janette Oke book I could find. I’m a fan.

It was a privilege to be asked to review a never-before-seen episode of Hallmark’s new television series, When Calls the Heart, inspired by author Janette Oke’s beloved book series. This heartwarming family drama was first aired as a 2-hour pilot back in October and comes on the heels of Hallmark’s first scripted series, Cedar Cove, which held the #1 Saturday primetime slot for over 12 consecutive weeks!

Monday night, Mike, Caleb, Ben, and I watched these first three episodes of When Calls the Heart. Can I just tell you what a treat it is to watch programming that promotes good values and which requires no parental editing? Instead of worrying that our kids were going to be exposed to inappropriate language, nudity, promiscuity, or other issues that didn’t reflect our family values, our kids were able to hear stories of love, hope, and encouragement.

I want my kids to hear beliefs like this, “I believe there’s a reason for every fear we face and every hardship we suffer, and that’s to make us stronger.”

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WynnThere aren’t a lot of surprises here – this is the classic story of a young teacher who moves to the small town of Coal Valley for her first teaching assignment. She is far more acquainted with high-society life so episode one is seasoned with several humorous faux pas and mishaps.

By the second episode, the stakes are raised and the interest of my boys picked up. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that the women in Coal Valley were spurred to take actions that caused the chivalry in my boys-becoming-young-men to boil up. There was some teenage righteous indignation going on in our family room! The take away from this episode was that, “there’s a cost to the things that matter most in life, and it’s in that sacrifice that we find our true treasure.”

Truth be told, after the first episode, I wasn’t sure I’d keep my guys, but they were sold with episode two and asked to stay up late to watch episode three. We obliged and episode three more than held our attention. We are very impressed with how well this new Hallmark Channel Original Series is done. It premiered Saturday, January 11 at 9pm ET/PT, 8C. The cast is outstanding, featuring Erin Krakow (“Army Wives,” “Castle”), Daniel Lissing (“Last Resort”) and Lori Loughlin (“Full House,” “90210”).

Episode three again increased the level of tension, and we were captivated by the storyline. Now, I’m the first to admit that God put my eyes in a wet place, and anyone who knows me will tell you that a good Hallmark commercial will have me in tears every time, so it should have come as no surprise that a good Hallmark program would result in some wet eyes too. Yep, episode three made me cry.

They’ve got us. The Tiedes are fans. I assure you, our DVR is already set to record every Saturday night at 9 p.m. CT.

NOTE: We received an advanced preview of When Calls the Heart from Grace Hill Media for an honest review of this new Hallmark Series.