I have been blessed to experience life with some wonderful ladies. Eight to nine months ago, Kathleen had an idea to start a neighborhood mom’s group to connect with each other & learn from each other. She approached Evie, who brought it up to me, and so it began – the three of us, at McD’s…and now we have seven or eight of us moms, all hailing from the great city of Hutto, & meeting every other week at various locations. It’s been really cool to see how different we all are…yet the same in many ways.
We’re learning how to lean on each other…to open up & trust each other with sensitive issues & prayer requests. We’re sharing our thoughts, resources, defeats, celebrations…and so much more… …not to mention some Dang-good multicultural dishes! Here are just a few shots of some of us at the Hutto McD’s and Ricoco’s Latin Grill in Taylor – just a-havin’ a good ol time.
Above: Evie, me…totally faking it, for the camera!
Above: Kathleen, Rosa, Venus, Coco, Nesrine, Evie & myself…
surprising Coco for her b-day
Above: Moms @ Mc’D’s ~
the only place in Hutto that’s kid-friendly and nearly free
i’m writing once a month about a fave & trusted organization (compassion international) to help spread the word, so that we can spread the hope.
the first time i heard about it was years ago from mac powell himself, lead singer of third day (who just landed a gig on ‘the tonight show with jay leno’, on july 29th! -mark your calendars!!). it happened to be about when i remember praying, ‘enlarge my territories!’ from the ‘prayer of jabez‘. well, we finally got to trusting God enough to supply us the funds to support this cause, & it turned out to be pretty darn easy. we don’t even miss the $32…in fact, God has been really rewarding our efforts to give, in ways we never thought he would! i’m not kiddin’. we’ve seen major increase. you test it out & see for yourself! here’s all we did:
i just sat at the computer w/braylon, & together we picked a child his exact age. i signed up (choosing auto-withdrawal). soon we got a welcome packet w/the basics, wrote our 1st letter including a picture of braylon & a picture he colored for his new friend, & ba-da-bing! a few weeks later, how special did my little boy feel when opening a great lil surprise in the mail – his first letter back (translated from spanish by a tutor) & a picture drawn by his sponsored kid/penpal! it’s been wonderful.
today we get to send him a birthday package (we were able to choose a boy whose 6th birthday is the same week as braylon’s!) ~ ‘jhonatan’ will be opening up a gift: spiderman stickers & a card game to go with bray’s hand-written birthday wishes & verse. i am so thankful for this new way to share w/my kiddo how compassion & perspective can change lives.