|The PARTY!! :) Lots of friends, lots of laughs, lots of LOVE! ♥|
|.... some traditions MUST go on . . . Daddy would have wanted that! ♥|
|It's GREAT to have an AMAZING friend who makes the most AMAZING CAKES!|
|Isn't this one of the CUTEST cakes you've EVER seen? And it tasted even better - 2 layer white cake with a raspberry & custard filling!|
On this, my "middle" girl's SPECIAL day, my devotional told me, "It is good that you recognize your weakness . . . that keeps you looking to ME, your Strength . . . the more difficult your day, the more I yearn to help you . . . anxiety wraps you up in yourself, trapping you in your own thoughts . . . when you look to Me and whisper My Name, you break free and receive my help!" I had copied this portion this morning, and wa-la (is THAT how you spell it?!) . . . guess what??? I hit a "difficult" spot in my day . . . a spot that ALMOST reduced me to tears . . a spot where I had to STOP, DROP and ROLL . . . well, not really, but I had to STOP, READ and LISTEN . . . to these words of wisdom! I had to CHOOSE to not let my anxiety wrap me up in myself, I had to CHOOSE to LOOK to HIM and whisper HIS NAME . . . to break free and receive HIS help!! And, guess what? IT WORKED (well, duh, right?)
AGAIN, GOD IS GOOD!!
We came home to a quick supper of pizza, a quick mile run for me, and off to a youth event for the kids at a neighboring church . . . when we came home we enjoyed the delicious cake pictured above along with ice cream made by the local dairy . . . YUMMY! Now, my living room is filled with 5 giggling teenagers, my parent's living room is filled with 4 "older" teenagers watching a movie and I'm snuggled in next to my "little bug"!! ♥ I can, again tonight state that LIFE IS GOOD. Though there were many reminders today of the empty spot in our lives left by Rick's moving to HEAVEN, GOD helped to fill the empty places. He gave us just the measure of love that we needed for today - just like HE promises to do!
Tomorrow, I'm PLANNING to run a 5K . . . my FIRST (I "on a whim" walked/ran one last year, but it was more walking than running and no training!). I'm really nervous!! I was greatly encouraged by a good friend today that, "It's only 3 miles . . . YOU CAN DO IT!" . . . and, so, I'm committed to giving it my best shot!! :) I'll give you an update tomorrow night! ♥
"A cheerful heart is good medicine" Proverbs 17:22