Wow! My life has been moving at warp speed! I am so thankful to have Brandon home and I still have so much to write about. I have been so busy living life that I have not had any time to blog it. I will catch things up as time allows.
I want to share something that happened to me back in April. Samantha & I attended a "You & Your Girl" by Vicki Courtney Conference in the Dallas Area. She & I took the trip to celebrate her 11th birthday. The conference was actually on her birthday. As we enter her tween years there have been many times when I am just at a loss. I went hoping to gain wisdom and to build on my relationship with her. What happened while I was there was so unexpected that it has taken me until June to share it with anyone except Brandon. This was the biggest conference they had ever done with over 1,800 mothers & daughters there. The girls went to several break-out sessions (they were divided up according to school grade) while the moms stayed together. It was an incredible day and I would HIGHLY recommend it to any Mom to a daughter. Anyway, during the second break-out session, they showed a video clip-I will post it to my blog. Tears streamed down my face and I felt a tug at my heart as I realized that I do not know of any strong Bible Study Group for girls in our area. As I realized all the things they are faced with daily my heart broke. At the end of the session, I looked around as all of the daughters (approx 900) re-entered the room. I was hit again. I then began to think about the girls in Comanche Co. Kansas: my daughter, her friends. Again, more tears. I had to quick wipe my face as I saw Samantha headed my direction. For I know how easily I embarrass her these days. She would be mortified if she came back to me crying in that big group of people. In my heart, I could feel God calling me to start a Bible Study for girls in our area. This is totally not me, so in my mind I was saying maybe someone else will do it! Soon, it was time for our lunch break. Samantha & I decided to stay on campus where they had brought in Chick fila. We ate our yummy lunch and then headed to the conference book store. I could not believe the very first book I went to: "How to start a Girl's Ministry in Your Area". God has such a sense of humor. What could I do? I had to buy it. We finished the conference. When we returned home, I shared what had happened and asked B to pray for God's guidance. He was super excited about it. Since that time, I went to Kids Camp and not only survived but LOVED it! After much prayer, I have decided to start a Girls Bible Study. We will be doing a study by Vicki Courtney called: Between Us Girls-Fun Talk about Faith, Friends & Family. This study is for any girl in fourth-sixth grade who wants to have fun while learning more about the Bible. I hope to kick it off in August with a sleepover. If you are reading this and are in the area, please e-mail me if you/your daughter are interested and I will provide as many details as I have at this point. I am so excited! I am looking forward to what God has in store for the girls as well as myself.
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