I had an early morning date on Thanksgiving day....Joshy woke me up in the wee hours with a big smile in the middle of his big winter-is-coming red/blonde beard, his Stanley thermos in hand, standing at the edge of my bed in long undies.
He had asked me the night before if I would come 'spotting' with him - "a morning date so we can catch up," he promised.
This month has been so crazy with his work and the projects and deadlines and I am a woman that aches for conversation with him, so I whole-heartedly agreed to this morning time together. I needed it.
And with that, I jumped into my old jeans and North Face everything so I wouldn't freeze in the Scout (no heat, brrr) and found these pretty earrings that are my new favorites, and was handed coffee in a thermos cup and off we went.
Oh how I love these kinds of times....
And then the morning turned into afternoon and it was time to gobble all the food up we could and see fam and such. And then the greatest thing happened to me.
I saw my momma at my step sizzle's house for Thanksgiving.
Dressed up, full makeup, laughing and loving on the kiddies and, for the very first time in seriously, possibly, 25 years of my life, I realized, sitting across from her at the table, that she was completely whole-heartedly dead sober.
I haven't enjoyed a holiday with my mom for so long. I felt like I was five again. I just sat there in awe and blabbed and laughed and let the kids tell us funny things, and I haven't been that happy in so long. I have prayed my whole life to have my momma just be my momma. And that night, she was. And something is changing around this mother-daughter relationship of ours. Phone calls have become regular, dinner is hosted once a week religiously and has been for two months. When we visit, JC and Grammy babble on with each other and crack up and fall down and roll around on the floor with my mom's lab and I just sit and suck it all in like a sponge.
God works in such mysterious ways.
Because, you see...I all of a sudden need my momma more than I ever have my whole entire life. And for the first real time, she is here and present, standing by my side like a soldier arming for battle. I have been struggling with all of these doctors and tests and lab results and blah blah blah blah blah, and in the midst of feeling like I'm scared and alone, my mom is there to answer the phone and calm me down and say things that rock like: "Sweetpea, we got this. We got it. We can handle this. No problemo. You are my daughter - you have always been strong."
Amazing grace. Sweet, amazing and wonderful grace for the ages.
My Thanksgiving turned into the day after, where no shopping for me thank you very much turned into omg it's time to get on some serious jewelry making, postcard mailing, order filling madness as December cometh...and then, I remembered:
So, without further ado.....
comment numero 6 and numero 2...you have won the two jewelry organizers whoop whoop!
From Marcy, on what she is thankful for: "Thankful for inner peace and seeing the beauty that surrounds me everyday. Family, nature, creative freedom...it is all a gift and something i am very thankful for!"
and comment 6, from busy momma Jen Grant, who was over the moon happy to have a healthy son free of the scary things that have been going around (and who urged me to get the couch ...a girl after my own heart (:
Ladies, please do get in touch with me and I will happily send your pertinents to the lovely folks at EveryJewelryBox...and then you can fill your new organizational wonderfulness with all of your Starr Strung pretties!
So much more to post on new things, but goodness I am tired tired. It's time for this momma to turn it all in for the day!
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p.s.s.s. I am loving myself some pretty and simple silver bits right now...what do you think?
"I called to the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and put me in a spacious place." ~ Psalm 118:5