A short time after I made the biggest longest confession of my entire life (literally of my entire life), I met one of my neighbors at a town festival. I was pretty certain this pregnant woman was at stay at home Mom (toys in the yard, during the day), and Catholic (number of kids & Miraculous Medal) and I was pretty sure I was to meet her.
We were packed wall to wall in a small city office room with delighted kids who were about to receive a prize from the parade they were just in. My husband and I help her get her five kids their prizes and we small talked.
Shortly after that meeting we became friends on facebook (facebook, you are good for some things) and schedule a play date. The kids and I went to her house for the first of many play dates. It was a beautiful summer day and we talked about being mom's and a little bit about faith & Jesus & His Blessed Mother. Nothing heavy. But one thing I remember is bringing up was a book I had read a few months before called, A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot. I read the book and wondered if by odd chance she had ever read it. SHE HAD! I couldn't believe it. That was the point to which I knew she had things to show me.
Since that day we've spent many afternoons together, rides to Mother's Groups, a mini-retreat to Our Lady of Good Help, dinners, lunches, and coffee talking about our love of Jesus, His Blessed Mother, Saints, books, our families, our parenting, our church and just how wonderful life is. She's helped me sort through my journey and has taught me many wonderful things.
I truly think God placed Kristen in my life at exactly the time I needed a friend and example of a faithful, devout, Catholic, Christian woman. Hindsight tells me that God was continuing His work from my "Yes" or my "Deal". Thanks be to God!
|I took this photo at Our Lady of Good Help|
“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” ~ C.S. LewisI also like this quote but instead of fire I think I'd say with a cup of coffee.
“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” ~ C.S. Lewis