It’s all too fresh and raw and sacred and surreal for me to write about right now.

Besides, my eyes are blurry, my stomach is killing me, there’s a trail of mess all over my house, and I’m dreading tomorrow morning something fierce.

Did I tell you I was here this weekend? It. Was. Amazing. Like God just spent four whole days whispering in my ear, “I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you.”

And I’m feeling a little sniffy tonight. Like Ohio is a big ol’ hop, skip and jump from Texas. I remember Kelli telling me that when we left her house back in April, she got a little emotional and said to her hubby, “I don’t know if we’ll ever see them again.”

Little did she know, I’d be knocking down her door nine months later.

So, I know God can (and does) work in amazing ways. I’m just going to sit here on the edge of my seat and wait expectantly for it all.

After I get some sleep that is.

I really do want you to say hi, though, if we got to meet this weekend, whether at MOPS (so much fun!!) or at the Siesta Celebration. That’ll take a little of my homesickness for Texas away.

And for those of you who weren’t there, I pictured you just sitting here in my comments section (although I’m fairly certain that’s not where you really live–that’s just my self-centricity talking) waiting for me to get back. I wish that’s how it really was, because I MISSED YOU!! I know you weren’t any farther (further?) away (and some of you were closer!) while I was in Houston, but still. I feel what I feel.

It’s good to be home.

And if you were at the celebration and are blogging about it (and maybe posting pics), please let me (and everybody else) know!! Then the super-sleuths (ahem, Whimzie) can get the Big Scoop without waiting for my recap.

Have a wonderful week, friends!!

21 thoughts on “unwind

  1. meghan @ spicy magnolia

    Oh, Marla, it was so special to meet you! Thank you for encouraging me to introduce myself to you, and thank you for beating me to the punch and you coming over to introduce yourself to me! It was a glorious weekend in so many ways, and I look forward to keeping up with your blog and hopefully seeing you again sometime. I’m so glad Amanda and Melanie introduced you to Freebirds…scrumptious!

  2. Tiffani

    Oh sweet girl.

    I SO get the sniffles part, Amber up there in your comments section is my precious gift (among many) but a special sunshine that Jesus gave me through blogging. We spent a week together in December and when she and her family left…we bawled for days. DAYS, I tell you.

    Those connections are so priceless and so wonderful. I am so very happy for your time and yet I know that pang in your heart to long for those relationships to be right next door!

    I missed you (I know it’s early in our relationship but hey when you know, you know! ;)) and I am glad you’re back safely and FULL from a blessed weekend! Waiting to hear!!


  3. erin

    I love that God is so cool and real that Love is His most important thing He wants us to realize. so simple, yet so powerful. Glad you had fun!

  4. Kaye

    SO THANKFUL you were able to go and had a GREAT TIME:) Rest in Him….and we look forward to the ‘details’ when you can share more:)
    Blessings today and always,
    Matthew 21:22

  5. amber

    First of all…I missed you.
    Second of all….I missed you.
    Third of all….I’m so stinkin’ envious. In the most holy unsinful way possible.

    Hope you settle in quickly back at home. I know the troops were thrilled to see you and it is so easy to slip back into the scrubbing floors/washing undies/unloading dishwasher mode, but I do hope you’ll take the time to decompress properly. Letting it all soak in.

    I’m so happy for your weekend, friend. So ecstatically happy. Can’t wait to hear all about it. When you’re done processing, of course.

  6. Elizabeth

    Hurry up with the recap (after you get some sleep) because I know your blogging audience wants to hear about it. And I HAVE to see this picture of you with a pink boa!

  7. Bethany

    Marla, I so had plans to be there. But, I got soooo sick with the flu of some kind. It just wasn’t mean to be.. I was so sad. I thought about y’all all weekend while I was laying on my sofa with the pouring down rain in GA.

  8. katiegfromtennessee

    Hey Marla:)

    My older sis, Matia, said she met you at the Houston Siesta event!:) She told me that I should check out your blog:) I have seen your posts on the LPM and Amanda’s blog before:) I also ended up buying two of your books: Changing the World One Diaper at a Time, and Is That All He Thinks About? Tia was blessed to meet you, and so am I via the blogs:):)


  9. deanna f.

    Your trip (and the scripture memorization) reminds me of the Bible verse my GA girls from church are memorizing for the month of January. Its Hebrews 10:25 and it says: “Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.”

  10. Gretchen

    I am so thrilled for you, Marla. Don’t we all need to hear how loved we are? And to hear it from the great I Am? Priceless, indeed. Cannot wait to hear all about it. And I missed you, too.

  11. Donita

    Oh I ‘m so jealous. I memorized (most) of my verses and wanted to go, but just couldn’t do it.
    I have seen a couple pictures floating around the blog-o-sphere but I can’t wait to hear your recap.

  12. Kay

    Marla, It was so great meeting you this weekend. I just loved it! I wish I could have talked to you a while longer but hey, there’s always this little comment box where we can carry on a nice little chat almost every day!

    You are every bit as lovely in person as you come across in this blog. Bless your sweet heart!

    I have posted about the weekend, but it is sketchy and haphazard at best. Still, I do have our pic up, so go have a look! Have a blessed day! Your friend,

  13. Ali

    I spotted an fb pic of you wearing a pink, sparkly boa.

    It made me smile. After snooping around some stranger’s fb photo album I concluded that you all had too much fun! And what’s up with Beth Moore being so stinkin’ tiny? I mean, seriously. She’s pocket-sized.

    Okay, I missed you. But more importantly, I am so, so, so thankful that you were given that opportunity. You deserved it tenfold. Love you.

  14. whimzie

    But admit it! You’re impressed with my super-sleuthing skills but you’re even more impressed with how well I could keep a secret, aren’t you?

    It’s weird that you were closer to me geographically but felt further away because you weren’t connected in my computer. I missed you but I thought of you several times and hoped you were having your socks blessed right off your flip-flopped feet. Although if that happened literally, whoa! Major fashion faux pas, friend.

    Warning: That’s two times in less than 2 months that we’ve been within driving distance of each other. I think an actual in-the-flesh meeting is in our not-too-terrribly-distant future. I just have a feeling! You’ve been warned.

  15. AKat

    It’s Marla!

    You are a dear and I loved meeting you in person.

    BTW, your boa was quite marketable. I’d go for it. Boas by Tavianos. Boavianos. Taviboanos. There’s a ring to it.

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