Hallie turned eleven in March. I turned into a bigger worrier having come to a point that I didn't have an answer to every question. Besides she doesn't always want to hear what I have to say right now. This happened with Hayden too, but I was ok with not understanding some things-boy related and relied heavily on Jason.
Relying and relating are necessary especially during transforming times. Hallie is changing and maturing, but it's a transforming time for moms too. I began to yearn for guidance and friendship. I wanted together-time for Hallie and myself. I wanted a place for community amongst other moms and other girls. Hallie needs to know that other girls experience insecurity and unkind treatment. She needs to know there other moms that have high moral standards for their girls. As I talked with other moms I knew I wasn't alone.
We decided to have a monthly gathering of preteen girls and moms and grandmas. Other ladies have joined us (moms of boys and college and high school age girls). My heart smiles with joy as we have a growing community of girls ages 6 to ?
Out of this community has sprung an online community too. Girls from other US states as well as Europe and Canada have joined us. We are moms, daughters, grandmas, sisters and friends with a common father; a father who I believe smiles as we come together in his name.
Email your post or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you ever see me eating M&Ms you can be certain that they melt in my mouth AND in my hands. -That's because I've microwaved them for as long as I can remember. Before you start thinking that I'm crazy, know that I'm not the only one who does this. My siblings do it too. And our children microwave their M&Ms. My mom even has a stack of small microwavable bowls and a large container stocked with M&Ms at all times.
The origin of intentionally melting our M&Ms is quite simple. For years, my Dad drove eighty or more miles everyday from our small town to his workplace in Arlington. He worked long hours and then had a long drive home. I remember being excited along with my brother and sisters when we would hear his truck driving down the dirt road returning home. We were doubly excited when, many times Dad would get out of his truck and then pat his shirt pockets. That signal let us know that he had stopped on the way home to get M&Ms for each of us. Having stayed in his pocket for the trip, the M&Ms were always melted to perfection.
Having tasted my M&Ms that way, I have abandoned eating them any other way. I mean, I may have tossed a few of the unmelted candies in my mouth if they were offered to me or if I see a bowl of them at a party. But I hold no affection for them.
The candies I love are reminiscent of my father's love. They represent a father who, though busy and tired, took the time to make his children feel special and loved. They bring back time spent with my father. I am thankful my children and my nieces and nephews have experienced the thrill of seeing Papa pat his pocket.
We live over three- hundred miles away from my Dad now. My Dad is still the hardest working man I know. We look forward to finding time between demanding schedules and distance to spend time together. Even over geographical distance, M&Ms are still eaten melted at the Burden house. I don't remember who started microwaving the M&Ms. Like many other things, my siblings and I would probably each assume lone credit. But I think we would agree on one thing. The melted M&Ms serve as a reminder that our lives have been blessed having been warmed by our father's heart.
You must know Dad.
Through your provision,
through your sacrifice,
through your love,
and simply through your presence,
you have colored my world and warmed my heart.
We had a God's Girlies gathering yesterday. I think I can speak for everybody when I say it was fun.
The girls went to three different stations.
The girls made "Banana Boats". They were easy and delicious-two of my favorite cooking words. I'll post the recipe soon.
They learned that once in their maturing state, bananas grow up as they sense the sun. Likewise as we sense the "son" we are called to grow up as well, allowing things that once held weight in our lives to be replaced with the things of God - the fruit of the Spirit.
For the full devotion, go the search box and type in "grow up". It should pull up the devotion "Grow Up. Be the Better Banana".
All because of a Good God!
Thanks to all the moms. Thank you for coming. Thank you for your help. I continue to be certain that these investments in our girl's lives are invaluable.
Excited to announce-God's Girlies T-shirts to come! Check out our facebook page.
Summer Fun and Events
A picture of our GA's, many of which are GG's, at camp. Remember them in prayer as they spend the remaining days growing in knowledge and grace.
Picture of our last gathering
We will not have our regularly scheduled last Sunday meeting for June and July. We do however have some special gatherings planned.
June 14, Thursday
Kristi and Hallie Burden's house
3011 Memphis Nederland
Come to make a special treat, recipe cards and just to hang out.
Tabetha and Faith Franklin's House
Come and eat.
We'll make fireflies in a jar and learn how we can shine for Christ.
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE TRAVELING FLAMINGO DEVOTION (ALSO FOUND UNDER CRAFT AND GAME IDEAS) IF YOU MISSED TODAY. WE HAVE A SIGN-UP SHEET. GET WITH ME TO BE ADDED TO THIS FUN ACTIVITY.
LIST THUS FAR:
6/2-6/6-Karen Neff & Kaitlyn
6/6-6/10-Tabetha & Faith Franklin
6/10-6/14-Jeanne & Krista Bergeron
6/14-6/18-Deanne & Morgan Tanner
6/18-6/22-Carrie & Anna Hughes
6/22-6/26-Jen & Emma Fournier
7/1-7/5-Stephanie & Kyrie Perez
7/9-7/13-Patti & Anna Oliver
7/13-7/17-Jordan & Rhyan Stoker
You can email or call me if you need the address of the person you will be delivering the traveling flamingo to. Call if you have other questions. By the way, everyone was stumped with the Burden traveling flamingo photo. If you missed today, here's our photo taken in Nederland. Do you know where this was taken? You can answer in comments.
IMPORTANT: To get instant notification of GG's events and devotions, remember to subscribe to the website. (Found in upper right-hand corner on the website).
Do the happy dance. GG's is this Sunday!
5/27 @3:30- FBC Edu 102
Theme:Loving People, Loving God
Things to do this Summer
We'll be making a surprise craft.
Devotion:A World of Neighbors
See you there!!!
To get you in the groove- A new discovered song that I love-
This is the Stuff by Francesca Battisteli
Mess or blessed?