Thank you, everyone for praying! The 12th was a good day, for the most part, but I had a lot on my plate emotionally and responsibility wise, and looking back, wonder why I didn't stay in bed all day and eat obscene amounts of chocolate:) Just kidding! People asked me if I had planned that The Well start on January 12th. No. Last fall I told the guys at church I thought it would be best to wait until January for a start time because there was just too much going on. They asked what day would work for me, and without looking at a calendar said, "How about the second Monday of each month..." I think for me, it had to start that day because if I were given the option of actually choosing a date, I would have likely avoided the 12th.
I'm single parenting this week because Jason is away for work, so, as a result, Em and I have eaten breakfast for dinner, she's slept with me each night, and on Monday she got to school about an hour late and then I picked her up early so we could spend some special time together before I had to go to The Well. She thought she was all that and a bag of chips walking out of school early! Every 12th, if school falls on that day, I'm taking her out so she can feel just as special as she did Monday. Her face and demeanor were priceless!
I'm not the best one to ask how it all went because I am my own worst critic, but we had a good turn out of women, about 70+, some I recognized, others not, but all of them...so beautiful! It was a really difficult meeting for me logistically because there was a lot of business to cover and my favorite thing to cover is Jesus: casting the vision, sharing God's word, information about how to be connected with other women, community outreach, etc. But in all, my prayer is that seeds were planted and hearts stirred to come each month, bring a friend, and be filled by God's unconditional love.
We are blessed to have a connection through my friend to a resource of inspirational books, so we had a book giveaway (10+) and will hopefully be doing that each month. And, before I left the house the Lord laid it on my heart to give a pair of handmade pearl earrings away each month in honor of my dear friend, and in memory of her sweet, sweet girl! We drew names out of a bag and guess what?! The earrings went to a mom who only shared briefly with me that she almost lost her two children. God is cool how He works out the things we think are 'small stuff'.
As a result of Monday's meeting, a team is being formed to coordinate the organization and fundraising to build a well for women in a third world country. I'll have a link on here soon, and on The Well blog, if anyone here is interested in joining with women all over the world to help provide water for women and their families. How incredible to be able to do what Jesus asked of us and give water to those who are thirsty...cool!
Thanks, again, for your prayers for our family. It was difficult being apart that day, be we made it. Hopefully that won't ever have to happen again. Really, for me, the anticipation, the leading up to it, is the hardest part...like I'm putting expectations on myself to grieve him more that day than any other day, which, quite honestly, is idiotic! Yes, it's a good time to stop and reflect, but I miss him all the time, every day, but it's not debilitating...not when you have Christ living in you, the hope of glory! Anyway, grief is lame! I can't wait to be done with it one day in God's presence! I'm sure you feel the same way!