A Few of My Favorite Things…

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I just spent the day at the river and had the best chile relleno ever for dinner. Today was a great day filled with so many of my favorite things that I thought I’d finish it off with another……writing.

These are a few of my favorite things:

  • sunshine
  • thunderstorms
  • clouds
  • bedtime
  • my morning quiet time
  • a good devotional
  • chile rellenos
  • freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
  • vanilla lattes
  • cuddles on the couch
  • my toes in the sand
  • this blog
  • a man who worships
  • a man who prays
  • honest conversation
  • a pedicure
  • belly laughs
  • empathy
  • children laughing
  • praise music

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply need to remember these things. And, these days. ❤

 

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Just Like Me…

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I spent last weekend with a group of friends who also happen to be mommies…..just like me. We have 13 kids between the six of us, and somehow we all managed to get a weekend away! It was bliss. We got to share freely without needing to kid censor our conversations. We also had the privilege of completing our sentences. Needless to say, there was lots of head nodding going on. It’s so refreshing to have friends you can be real with.

We thoroughly enjoyed two fancy dinners, sipped hot coffee in the morning, relaxed, and even closed our eyes by the pool. We talked about dating, marriage, pregnancy, labor, and sex. The stuff we all deal with and don’t normally have the chance or courage to bounce off others in a transparent way. The stuff that reminds us how much we are alike deep down in our souls. The way God created us. To love, endure, persist, relate, and connect.

Our time together also reminded me how much we all crave a closeness to our Creator. The One who made us this way. The One who knows us best. Even better than we know each other or ourselves, He knows us. I imagined Him looking down and smiling at all of us as we laughed and enjoyed our time away. All the while, He protected our children. The same children He so graciously gave to each of us. The same children that teach us more than we have ever known about love. The same children who our hearts ache for on our way home. The same children that we are sending to school next week with bittersweet feelings. The same children who have humbled us and helped us appreciate things (like a weekend away and girlfriends) more than ever before.

I have no doubt this weekend recharged us as mommies, friends, women. The more time you spend with someone who is different than you, the more you realize how very little different they are. We all want to be the best wives, moms, friends, and daughters we can be. We aren’t perfect, so to have friends that can say “I see your issue, and I raise you mine” is priceless. Let’s continue to be real and love each other through them….just like Jesus does.