Gals, I’m proud to know ya

We celebrated the end of 2009 with a group of friends from my ISU days.  There were 4 couples and 18 kids. That’s a lot of kiddos, but the host couple, Sarah and David, have a lovely home that accommodates chaos very well. Hard to believe there could be enough in common after all these years to create the type of unity and fellowship we continue to experience. Surely there have been changes, a ton of growth, personal hardships, CHILDREN, moves, failures, CHILDREN, and CHILDREN. Yet, there we were.

I just have to thank God for helping find these wonderful people. When I think back to the total moron I was in college, man, it is proof miracles do happen that I fell in among some of the best people in this wide world. The men are superior, but the gals – they are a stunning group. Beautiful outwardly, yes. But stunning in their warmth, generosity of spirit, and incredible mothering skills. These are the kind of wives and mothers who are guided by conviction and love and continue to persevere and excel despite the challenges.

I know if I walked into each of their homes, and peaked into their daily lives, I would see God’s word valued and honored, husbands loved and cherished, children cared for and guided, homes open for hospitality and service, spare time given to the best things, and resources utterly spent without reserve. They demonstrated that last night as I watched them hold their babies, feed their toddlers, take their little ones to the potty, clean up spills, make up plates, kiss boo-boos, referee sibling spats, whip up desserts, while chatting about family, the Lord, music, God’s work in their lives, parenting, and how they are serving the kingdom.

Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over her future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!

She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction.]

She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.

Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, saying, “Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well {with the strength and character that is steadfast goodness], but you excel them all”

So gals – Sarah, Allison, Kristin, I’m proud to know you! Thanks for a wonderful New Year’s Eve.

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