There is something special about living life with the same pals through the years. Every Monday morn, I gather with these group of sweet ladies at Starbucks from 6-7 AM. We discuss a chapter or two of a book that inspires, stretches and challenges us. We just completed not a fan. by Kyle Idelman, and we are currently digging into Richard Stearns’ book, The Hole in Our Gospel. The conversations are honest and deep…not bad for 6 AM! Right?
We share life experiences and pray for each other…we cover issues of parenting and marriage…sickness…aging parents…work…family dynamics and more. Joys are shared and burdens carried. Life is richer traveling with these chicas.
Oh yeah…we also bake cookies! Yep, this just happened Monday night! Good times! [Thanks Shirley for your mad knitting/crocheting skills to make us all cozy headbands!] This year’s treats included raspberry short bread cookies, krumkake, rosettes, melting moments, oreo truffles, peanut butter blossoms, cream cheese sugar cookies, molasses cookies, cranberry-white chocolate cookies, fudge, haystacks, almond bark, turtle pretzels, and rosemary cashews. Wowsers. Yum.
and from 2012…
Elf declared “Smiling’s my favorite.”
Well, I have many favorites!
In fact, my Grandma Mable started a game years ago when my sis and I were littles, called “The Favorite Game.” (Actually, we may have named it that! But she started it.) She’d hand us a piece of paper and we would take turns asking questions…”What is your favorite after school snack? Who is your favorite pal and why? What would be your favorite thing to do on a Friday night date?…” We’d scribble down responses and share at the end. So fun. I have since carried on that same “game” with my own daughter…with nieces/nephews…with youth group girls on road trips! Call it game! But really, it is just intentional question asking…sneaking a peek into the lives of the ones we love!
I was reminded of it today, as my hubby brought me coffee in bed, while I leisurely flipped from Pinterest to blogs to other interesting news on my iPad. Lazy Saturday morns are my favorite! There is such a gift in savoring the small joys. As we enter the hustle and bustle of the season ahead (I MUST do my Thanksgiving grocery shopping at some point this weekend…) be still long enough to notice and appreciate your favorite things. Seek them out. Make room for your favs. Share moments with the people that you love. Cook or bake…or stop by that cozy coffee shop. Watch that treasured Christmas movie for the 50th time. Listen to great music. Dance in the kitchen. Call an ol’ college pal. Wander through the mall or Goodwill, sipping on a Peppermint Mocha. Enjoy the season. Follow Elf’s lead and smile.
Come one, come all! My dear friends, Liz and Michelle, will be hosting a wine and cheese fundraising event to support our work in Haiti – all donations will go towards Kozefò [Better Schools. Better Teachers. Better Haiti.]
It will be a lovely evening in the city, along the Mississippi River, with interesting people and great conversation. Please join us! I would love to see you! Drop on by to say hello.
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This morning brought the opportunity to go on our second “hometown tour.”
You see, a year ago, I gathered up these girlfriends and carted them off to Paynesville for a little lunch with Nana Beth and a drive through my ol’ hometown. (sadly no pics from that adventure.)
So for Tour #2, we meandered down the street to visit Momma Eileen for brunch and a lesson on homemade doughnuts, based on a handwritten recipe presented over 45 years ago at a bridal shower from a dear, elderly church lady. We were treated to fresh fruit, a baked spinach souffle, and a trip down memory lane with photos from Kathy’s glory days of popped collars, big hair, and plastic earrings, as she struck her 80′s “come hither” pose.
In the midst of all the rolling, frying, sugaring and tasting, our pal Amy received a call from her mom Betty Ann. Enroute from Connecticut to Rhode Island to visit her niece that is battling cancer, we placed her on speaker phone and gathered together in prayer. Such a sweet moment to be sharing time with Momma Eileen…and all praying together with Mama Betty Ann. Cue the tears.
Happy Hometown Tour! Off to Vivvie’s next! And then to the East Coast one day for Tour #4.
Thanks for the great fun and sweet treats Momma Eileen!
It is essential to have “your people.”
Everyone needs someone that they can turn to when life is really hard. Or when life is good. Or when you just need a good laugh. There are times when I know that I need to reach out to them. And then there are times, that I am struggling and my peeps know to reach out to me.
I know that I need people that can pour into me with encouragement…and people that can hold me accountable…ones that make me think and others that make me giggle.
I am truly blessed with good folks to share my life with.
Being away from routine again this weekend, has given me time to pause, think, and reflect…
so here is a bit of food for thought that is percolating in my mind…as I sit before the Lord.
how do i spend my time?
who do i choose to hang out with in my free time?
how do i balance the home-work demands?
where am i placing my finances?
what am i filling my mind with-what books-what music-what blogs?
am i getting enough sleep?
how am i taking care of my health and heart?
what new adventures lie ahead? in travels? in cooking? in serving?
So grateful for the time away…and the people in my life that are willing to sit and listen and ponder life with me. Inviting you…to take some time…to ask questions…to refocus/reprioritize…to fix your eyes on the Lord.
When your sweet little girl grows up…it is necessary to find other trick or treaters..
We adventured out with our Myanmar friends tonight! Htoo Square went last year for the first time…check out her fun HERE. So this year, she brought her little brother and two big sisters with for some candy gathering. The fun was quite wicked….