my girls


blurry Mel and the amazing carrot cakebirthday songbirthday girlI can’t explain the joy of knowing “my girls.”  Emily just turned 21, and we had a semi-spontaneous party for her last night. My sweet Melody whipped up the best carrot cake, the best cream cheese icing. 

Here’s the thing about this little group – I don’t have time for very many outings and lunch dates, so they come to my house. They wash their hands in my nasty sink full of dishes, and they wipe the little boy pee off the seat before they have to use it. I guess that’s why I’ve hesitated so many times before when the urge has hit me  to do anything I know I’m supposed to do. I don’t want my mess revealed. (Writing is like that, too.)

These girls know so much more about me than really anybody but Seth because they see me react to my boys, they see me not follow through, and they see me get scared if the doctor sends a bad report. They know me, and I’m not sure what I know of them except that I love them, and I don’t know how I would have made it this last year and half without them. 

If you’ve been waiting to do that thing you want to do to serve your God, DON’T. Especially if you know you’re to spend time with someone younger – even for a bit, to encourage her, don’t wait. No one expects perfect. Grace abounds. God is faithful, especially with His strength in your weakness. 

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Oh, and check out Seth at Novel Doctor. He won a writing contest, and Steve is going to send us a Christmas Yoda! I’m pumped.

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4 Comments

Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect
Reply June 24, 2009

Oh, that's your Seth that won? Awesome! Congrats to him!!

But back to your post - isn't having those kind of "girls" the best?? :)

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Amber
Reply June 24, 2009

Oh, I have to comment on my own post here. Look at them! Gorgeous!

Brittney
Reply June 24, 2009

Aw, how fun! And happy birthday to Emily!

And mmm, carrot cake with cream cheese icing is probably the best!

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BlueCastle
Reply June 25, 2009

That cake looks amazing. So does your kitchen - did you paint your cabinets? I'm a little obsessed with kitchen cabinets at the moment as I'm in the middle of trying to decide what color to paint mine.

Here I thought my boys were the only ones who still get pee on the seat. I've had a few opportunities lately to do just what you're talking about. It's hard to let people see the "real" me sometimes, but I am learning. I've put off so many things for so long, I'm just sick of the waiting to be perfect. If God can use me now, I'm ready to surrender.

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