Can I just tell you something? From the last time I blogged about life being tough and full of questions until right this minute, nothing has necessarily changed. Or been fixed. Or miraculously healed. Or paid off. Or really even figured out.
And I am weary. And still not drinking coffee (Tuesday!). And I have been offered more delectable sweets and treats in the past six days (that I’ve successfully turned down) than I have in the past six months. (I mean, seriously. What the what??)
However. Can I just tell you something else? I feel absolutely stinking filled to the brim with peace and joy and spring and love for all (or most of) mankind.
I especially feel love for my husband and sweet little girlies who walked 4.2 miles with me today as part of our Traffick Jam 2012 “training.” (p.s. We’re almost to our $1000 goal and would looooooove to go flying over and above it.)
And for a sweet group of 13 high school girls and their 5 fearless leaders who were so incredibly wonderful and receptive and encouraging to me this weekend. I’m telling you, they were a little gift that God just softly plopped in my lap. Girls, if any of you are reading this, I LOVE YOU. And thank you. And I promise to keep praying through your requests. God’s going to do some big things in your life. I’m 100% convinced of that.
Thank you to all of you who prayed that I wouldn’t be scared. I shared straight from my heart in the middle of my mess, and those girls were gracious and kind, even though we talked about some hard stuff (we had fun too).
Thank you, Jesus.
So, before I spoke this morning, we played a game called “Never Have I Ever.” And I’m not sure where I’ve been the past 36 years, because I feel like today was the first time I’ve ever played it. I did a little google search and found out it’s “historically” a game that involves drinking and sex, but I’ll have you know, there was none of either of that this morning.
The game is also called “Ten Fingers” because you hold 10 fingers in the air and then go around the room and take turns saying, “Never have I ever… been to Vermont.” And then anyone who HAS been to Vermont has to put a finger down. You keep going around the room until only one person has any fingers in the air.
If I were playing with all of you and trying to get you out, I might say things like: I have never had a son. I have never worn skinny jeans. I have never cleaned my bathroom more than one time in any given month (year…). I have never put gigantic bows in my daughters’ hair. I have never been to Mexico. I have never met a giraffe I didn’t love.
I like the game because it rewards the people who haven’t had as much excitement in life for a change. Well, not that it always works out that way.
The girls and I played it on our big walk today, and it saved our cans. No time to whine about side cramps and tired legs. They were having a blast.
Here are 10 of Nina’s from earlier. I’d love to know how many fingers you’d have left after she said all of these.
Never Have I Ever…
1. been in first grade.
2. rode a bike without training wheels.
3. climbed a tree.
4. ate a tarantula.
5. been to a football game.
6. walked 10 miles all at once.
7. had a name that didn’t start with “N.”
8. jumped off the diving board.
9. had brown hair.
10. been in high school.
Well, I’m out. Ten fingers down.
So, let’s play! Give us three of your best “Never Have I Evers.”