Long, long ago, in (what seems like) a galaxy far, far away a young bride met with a ‘more experienced’ bride once a week for lunch. And encouragement. And prayer.
Time passed, babies came, and schedules changed. But the friendship and encouragement and prayers never ended. Our little twosome grew to include others as we changed from being young brides to being young moms.
Friends moved, babies grew, and life happened. Things changed.
But through it all, three of us somehow, by hook or by crook, managed to continue to meet once a year to celebrate our November birthdays. We’d often meet at church on a Sunday in November, enjoy lunch, catch up with each other and end the day in prayer. It was a very precious day for me, as I would often go the whole year without being in contact with them. But that thread of friendship never broke. Never even frayed!
Since we’ve been on the road, we three birthday buddies haven’t always been able to connect during November. But whenever we can work it out, we work it out!!
I didn’t make it to back to Hometown this past summer, so being able to connect with these precious Birthday Buddies, these Sisters in Christ was especially sweet this past October.
I’m so thankful for these friends from that galaxy far, far away!
So Thankful for US!
Home is where we park it these days, but there is always something special about returning to your Hometown. This past weekend I flew back to Philly to attend my (almost) 50th high school reunion. (It was combined celebration – technically mine’s not until 2019, and I wouldn’t want you to think I’m any older than I actually am!)
Since it had been well over a year since we made it to the Doylestown area, this seemed like a great time to do some catching up with friends. Gary opted not to come (he went to a different HS so he wouldn’t know anyone and while I had a long list of girl friends I wanted to see, his list was a fair bit shorter) so I filled my 4 day weekend (and my heart) with as many visits as I could!
Of course I failed to get pictures of everyone I got to see 🙁 , but here are some of the highlights –
Jan and Janet (I was staying with Janet!)
dinner with my quilting ladies (where the restaurant manager finally bribed us with baked goods so we would leave!)
breakfast with my birthday buddies, Connie & Bonnie
and of course, the High School Reunion!
I hate to admit that this is the only picture I took that whole evening! It was quite a gala affair, and I confess to being a big overwhelmed trying to find folks that I knew well in high school but had sadly lost touch with over the years. It was wonderful evening – I’m so glad I went! I just wish I had gotten more contact information from the folks that I did have a chance to visit with. Next time, right?
The weekend came to a close much too quickly, but I’m so thankful that I made the trip.
But the fun continued even when I returned to Oklahoma!
Instead of Gary picking me up, the ladies on the project came to retrieve me and we had a lovely “Ladies’ Day Out”.
It was a beautiful day to wander around Oklahoma City,
and the fact that we made a stop at a cupcake shop should not be held against us.
Besides, it made for a very colorful group shot!
We also did our part to support the local OKC economy –
By the time I made it back to my dear husband, I was exhausted.
But oh-so-full of wonderful girlfriend vibes!!
On this first day of November, the “Gratitude Month”, I want to give a thankful shout-out to all my dear girlfriends who welcome me back to town (regardless of how long it’s been) with open arms and open hearts!
When we left Waco last weekend, we said our good-byes thinking we wouldn’t be back in town until late November. But when Gary tracked down the metal roofing he wanted for the shed, and it could be ready by yesterday, it seemed that another quick (as in under 24 hours quick!) trip to Waco was in order! Continue reading A little more Waco
What a sweet time we had in Waco!! We were only there for two weeks, but we managed to pack the days full of goodness! Continue reading Waco Days
After my crazy (though wonderful in many ways) January, February settled down nicely. In fact, it turned out to be quite a lovely month in many way. Here are just a few of the reasons it was a Fine February.
- Family Birthdays!
Ellie turned 15! Oh my!
Taran turned 3
and Tammy turned….well, just a bit more beautiful!
We weren’t actually there to help celebrate, but we made sure they all got a perfectly awful rendition of Happy Birthday from Grams and Pops. It’s what we do.
- Although we usually don’t do much of anything for Valentine’s Day (on a good year we go to a card shop, choose a card and then read them to each other), Gary got me flowers this year!
I have to confess, it was very sweet! It’s amazing what you can find in the little town of Comfort!
- I won TWO little “give-away’s” last week from different blogs/Facebook pages I follow! I don’t usually enter those contests since I have never won anything, but for some reason these seemed simple enough and I knew they were the real-deal. So – Thank you to Happy Cloud Creations for this sweet pack of fat quarters
and to Alison Treat, Author, for a sweet one-size-fits-all $10 gift card to Amazon. Several folks asked if I went right out and bought a lottery ticket. But no – didn’t think I should press my ‘luck’!
- That same week, these two mug rugs also arrived at my place –
courtesy of my uber-talented quilting artist good friend, Lynne Croswell. You can check out some of her other creations at her website – Mountain Vistas. Thanks, Lynne!!
- Our SOWER project this month was great! We were volunteering at His Hill Bible School/Camp (in Comfort, TX) which is a gap-year (usually after high school, but sometimes after college) Bible program under the umbrella of Torchbearers, International. Our work was pretty standard SOWER work – painting, painting, and painting for the ladies and general maintenance for the guys – but the true blessing was getting to know the students and faculty. We joined them for lunch most days, and visited with kids from Germany, Brazil, several Canadian Providences and right down the road in San Antonio. Hearing their stories of how they came to His Hill and then to hear what Christ was doing in their lives at the moment, was truly inspirational. We were honored to serve there.
- Since there are several other projects in the area, we had several opportunities to have some great SOWER gatherings. Of course, they all centered around food, but hey – that’s just how we roll!
Continue reading A Fine February