Yesterday morning, my friend Mrs. Smith waved a very tearful good-buy to her dear husband being deployed to Iraq. Not minutes after she left the base with her four small children, did she get a call from Mr. Smith saying that his departure had been deferred another 48 hours! I think there may have been some emotional conflict between the feelings of gladness in getting a few more hours together, verses the turmoil of having to go through all the good-bye's again.
I had been planning to see her yesterday afternoon, but flexibly changed my plans as hers morphed.
At 4:00 in the afternoon, AJ called me to say that the Smiths were coming to dinner at 5:30, and would I like him to pick up pizza's? YES!
It turns out that he left work a little early in the day, and as he was walking into Wal Mart, out came the whole Smith family!
And so came to be a Party of providential origins.
We had the pleasure of spending the evening with our dear new friends. We were having such a great time as we enjoyed the dinner that my husband provided (and cleaned up afterwards!), that we decided to stretch out the fun with a movie! We sacked out the kiddo's and dished up ice cream, then settled down to a (good?) action movie! (What else would we watch? Mrs. Smith and I are saving the chick-flicks for next week when BOTH our husbands are away) ;-P
When the rare occasion occurs that we live so recklessly, I feel lucky to be a grown-up! (Shouldn't I have to ask permission? 12:30 am on a WEEKNIGHT?!!!)
Today I marvel at God's gracious gifts, His providential timing, and the blessing of friends. How sweet is the fellowship of true brothers and sisters in Jesus!
Please pray for our friends, and especially Mrs. Smith as she says good-bye again, and handles all the affairs of their family while he is away. Special prayers for her health and the new baby growing inside her womb. You gals know how that multiplies the emotions!!
When I thought of being a mom, I never dreamed of THIS! ~Five heart melting smiles ~never getting tired of midnight feedings ~having all the answers ~not minding dirty faces ~enjoying watching the boys eat! ~falling in love with pigtails ~appreciating overalls ~appreciating a washing machine! ~wanting to do everything better ~falling in love a million times