I have been so blessed by this group and all that God is doing in our lives.... I count it a "God-thing" for sure that I happened to be reading Beth Moore's LPM blog last summer when she suggested everyone find a friend or two and join the LPM crew in a summer study. I found a hand full of friends who were all interested, and from there our group has continued and grown. I marvel at how much women need the companionship of other women just to realize we are all "normal". Having good girlfriends is one of the most important reasons for my sanity these days!
Be greatful for your girlfriends, and if you don't already have a reason to get together with them regularly, start a Bible study.... it will make your life so much better!
I am thrilled that these little gals will have one another's companionship throughout the years, and I consider it one of my goals to foster close relationships among them as they grow. Imagine growing with and knowing this many of your girlfriends from birth... amazing!
While I was at the beach, Kate was the only one who was eager to talk whenever I called home to check in. One time she said, "Mom, did you call me on accident?" When I told her no, she dropped the phone and ran to tell the others "Mom called me on purpose! Mom called me on purpose!"
Maggie, Kate, Sarah, and Ella enjoyed their weekend without me. They had a special date with Pop Dickie and Mimi, went to a birthday party, and out to dinner to the Puddle House with Donna, Nanny, and Pop C again, but I am pretty sure they were glad to see me on Monday morning. I heard them when they were first waking and talking with each other saying, "Mama, who's here? Mama, are you home? Is somebody here with us?"
Now we are all waiting, not so patiently, for Dad to arrive. Scott is supposed to leave Iraq by the end of the week, and we're hoping to have him home around Sunday. I haven't allowed myself to think much about the reunion for us all. I am excited, anxious, insert every other emotion here! Sadly, I'm also already concerned about his return to Iraq. I know that the girls are resilient, but this time when he leaves they are going to know what it means. Last time I think they just thought it was like any other trip with the airlines. Our prayers now include requests for safety and protection for Scott while there and traveling home to us, that we'll enjoy our time with him home to the fullest, and that we'll be brave and courageous when it is time to send him back to Iraq to finish up his job. Thanks for all your prayers!