The best thing I've done all winter, and yes, it is still winter here in upstate New York...the best thing I've done all winter was decide on a whim, with no forethought and lots of vulnerability, to open our busy home every Thursday night.
I love that my mama friends are from different backgrounds and each of our stories shows the hand of God at work in imperfection.
I love that we are different ages and have different amounts of kids and no more than three or so of us attend the same church but the living room is full and conversation flows easily even with babies in attendance and someone is always quick to offer to hold Benjamin if he's fussing. I love that there isn't any gossip and we're able to support each other in parenting and marriage.
I love a few older and wiser women have joined us and that this week an older mama friend of mine came and opened her heart and her life and her past and present to us and told us not to obsess about housework, to rest if we can during the day so we have some life left in us for when our husbands get home, to sow the Word of God into our children's hearts and that if they stray that those words will work in their hearts because the Word of God does not return empty-handed. These and other nuggets of wisdom, I'm still thinking on and figuring out how to apply.
My life is not gems and roses but I am very blessed in so many ways and I am counting these Thursday night get-togethers after all our kids are in bed or being watched by spouses, cup of hot tea or coffee in hand, as a very real example of God's goodness in my life.