Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Morning Mayhem

I kind of liked that title from last week (or was it two weeks ago?) so I though I’d use it again. So creative, aren’t I?

So much to tell you. Keep reading to the end because I have some exciting news for you!

First, I want to thank those of you who took time to pray for me on Saturday. The women’s retreat went well, and I know it was because I was bathed in prayer. I could not have done it without all of you pray-ers out there, so thank you.

Cool God story. Before the retreat, I had planned out my morning in my mind, and part of my plan just might have involved Starbucks and a steaming hot cup of really good coffee to get my day going. So I drove through the Starbucks near my house, shaking slightly from the nerves and adrenalin that were starting to build up in my body.

When I got to the window to pay for my coffee, the girl who worked there said to me, “Um, you know what? . . .”

I was ready to get more money out. I honestly thought she had told me the wrong amount through the little squawk box and that I needed to give her a few pennies more.

Instead she said, “You know what? The lady in the car ahead of you just paid for your drink.”

I cannot tell you what that meant to me. Immediately I started to cry. The girl at the window probably thought I was nuts, but I thought it was just amazing that God had used that little thing—a woman paying it forward—to show me that He was with me. I had never, ever, in my entire life had something like that happen to me. Never. And it really felt like confirmation from God that my day would be O.K.

And it was. I had so much fun getting to know the ladies from Our Savior’s. They were so sweet, so genuine, and so warm. I really enjoyed being with them.

So now we’re on to a new week. One more week of school before two of my girls are off for a week. Woo hoo! Back in the day, the hard days when the girls were really little, I thought I’d dread school holidays because, well, the kids would be home. But now that our lives are so full (read: “busy”) I really look forward to their breaks when we can be home together and put our feet up and get away from the routine for a while.

Plus, I love Thanksgiving. Even though the retailers get nothing out of the holiday and they seem to feel like they can just skip right over it, Thanksgiving just makes me happy. So I’m looking forward to next week. A lot.

What else? Last night we had a bunch of Kate’s college friends over for pizza. It may not be that much fun for them (although the free pizza probably isn’t a bad deal), but it sure is fun for the P’s. We love having those kids around. Always good for a laugh. Plus, one of the guys who was here, we discovered last night, now lives in the same room that B lived in his Sophomore year. Pretty small world, huh?

O.K. . . . here’s the exciting news. I’ve got a new monthly writing gig over at the MODsquad blog. I’m especially excited about it because MOD stands for Mothers Of Daughters, which, as you know, I am one. And if you know me at all, you know I’m pretty passionate about raising girls. I guess they wanted the voice of an “older” mom, or maybe a mom of “older” girls, I don’t know, but I guess I fit the bill. I’m older, and I have older girls, so there.

Not sure if I should be flattered or run away. Oh well. I think I’m in now, and I’ll be writing every month over there.

In fact, my first post is up and running over there today (it might look vaguely familiar, but that’s O.K.). Head over to the MODsquad blog and check it out!

Now tell me, how was your weekend? Anything amazing or crazy happen to you this weekend?



  1. Congratulatiuons on your new gig. So happy for you. You have a wonderful, faithful life to share!

  2. Shelly, that's so GREAT! I really like the MODSquad blog, and you will be a wonderful addition to the team! And I'm quite sure they wanted someone with older daughters. Not that other option. ;)

  3. Shelly, Glad your weekend speaking engagement went so well. God is so good to pave the way...even with coffee! I had a really fun Coffee With the Author this weekend, speaking of coffee. I had so many old friends and friends of my mom's show up to buy my book and get it autographed. It was so fun and I was overwhelmed by everyone's presence and enthusiasm. It was a real blessing. Still enjoying my time with my parents. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!