last night my sweet mama took our baby so we could enjoy a night off. (oh how i needed that!) we spent the evening getting fancy and celebrating the five year marriage of our friends, josh and lexi. they threw a really fun wine party and there was yummy wine, great people and wonderful food. it was so nice to have adult conversation that didnt have anything to do with diapers, crying, sleepless nights, or baby noises. i really needed that. now this morning my husband is at his weekly guy accountability/fellowship group with some close friends and i am enjoying some time at starbucks, alone, without anything to do. this is such a huge gift! the sun is shining, i am eating chocolate covered madeleines, and drinking a larger americano than normal. it feels like i am on vacation, and i love it.
i think it is time to try and get back on track with project thirtyone. lets see how well i do this time!
Day 15. Write to encourage a friend. Inspire her beauty.
has it really only been almost 2 years that we have been friends?! it feels like so much longer. you are quite possibly the best friend that i have ever had. you inspire me to be a better wife, a better mama, a better friend, and a better daughter of our king. your beauty shines through everything that you do. the way that you have loved me and my family, is such a blessing, and such an encouragement for me to do the same for others. you have no idea how much you mean to me, to nick, and to miss maggie. i have loved watching you grow in mamahood, i have loved watching you grow as a wife, and i have loved watching you grow as a friend. your sweetness and love for others is evident in everything that you do. your girls are so blessed to have you as their mama, to teach them what real beauty is, to lead them lovingly to the LORD, to show them how to be hospitable and train them to be wonderful wives. your husband is blessed to have you as his wife, to be his best friend, to laugh with (and sometimes at) him, to be in covenant with him for better and for worse. i love you sweet friend, and i hope your feel encouraged because you are such a constant source of encouragement for me. i thank the LORD for bringing us into each others lives, you are so beautiful!
Day 16. Write a letter to your daughter, or a young girl in your life. Tell her what beauty means.
my dear sweet margaret pearl::
oh where to start. you are amazing. you always have been. from the moment that i knew you were growing in my belly i knew you were beautiful. i knew that it didnt matter if you had one arm, or a deformed heart, or anything else that was not developed that you would still be beauty in my eyes. every morning when you wake up i call you my 'sweet pea beauty'. i constantly tell you how lovely and beautiful you are. but miss maggie, beauty is not how lovely your eyes are (but yours are incredible) it is not how tiny your pants are, it is not how shiny your hair is or how white your teeth are. beauty comes from within. beauty comes from the LORD. real beauty is not what is on the outside, it is what is deep inside the heart of a woman. you will always have beauty in your heart, the LORD designed us this way, but my sweet daughter, my desire is for you to cultivate that beauty and grow it into something so lovely that shines for our father in heaven. he formed you in my tummy, he knew what you would look like, he knew what you would act like, he knew what you would love and what you would dislike. he sees you as his beauty. even when the world will get you down (and it will get you down) i desire for you to know that your beauty doesnt come from them. remember always that like i said, true beauty is deep in the heart of a woman and not just on the outside. i will always think you are beautiful, your daddy will always think you are beautiful, and your father in heaven will think you are beautiful for eternity. we love you, sweat pea beauty. i can not wait to see who you turn in to being, and i can not wait to celebrate your beauty for the rest of our lives. you are a gem.
Day 17. Write about 3 things that make you happy.
this one is going to be short, since the other 2 are super long.
one:: disneyland. i know i sound like five year old girl, but disneyland is my favorite place, and it makes me so happy. even just thinking about it, and remembering the sounds, the smell, and the sights. i love it.
two:: being in love. with anything. i love to love things, and loving things makes me happy.
three::sunshine and bare feet. i love shoes. but more than shoes, i love bare feet. nothing beats walking through warm grass with no shoes on. i love it.
i love onemillion other things. which you will be able to read about on this blog, because i tend to write a lot about what i love.