My favorite part of the night was the questions that Mandy thought of that popped up throughout our conversation. Had she not come with something special prepared, I don't think the night would've had the same impact on me. As I get older and look back on this post, I know I won't remember all the questions unless I write them out. I don't have all the questions exact, I'm sure, but more or less, they were:
- Do you remember the very first time you met Kelli and if so, what was your first impression of her - good or bad?
- Since she loves music so much, is there a song that reminds you of Kelli?
- Kelli sends out a lot of cards. Is there a certain card that stood out for you that you've received from her?
- Can you think of a time when you realized that Kelli was a true, good friend, someone more than just a girl you like hanging out with?
- Is there something that you've learned from Kelli that is meaningful to you?
More importantly than the questions, I hope I can remember all the answers. Each one was special, but one that made me really proud was when girls shared things they'd learned from me. Bekah said she learned that you don't have to cook with meat to make a meal delicious and silly as that might seem, it was great for me to hear. Mom was such an amazing cook, as was her mother before her and if I'm honest, I'd love to be remembered in the same way. And here's the kicker: Mandy, Kristina, and Kelsie all said they learned more about birth, alternative birth options, and things of the like from me. What?! I couldn't believe it. It was so great to hear that! I felt so affirmed in the path I'm on for how I can help women and babies. Amazing to me! Throughout the night tears were shed, we all laughed together, and with each word spoken over me, I was filled up. I felt so celebrated and valued that night in ways I didn't even know possible. What great girls I've been able to have in my life. This is a rare gift.
Towards the end of the night Kelsie asked me what the last year has been like for me. Things I've learned, things I've done... it was sort of nice to have the question asked of me and to have to think about my life like that. (Kelsie is so good at that.) I think I might be forgetting one, but I shared that:
- I finally decided that I know what I should/want to do when I grow up, thanks much to a September 2011 conversation I had with Kels at Cup O Joe.
- I'm continually learning more about marriage and how to I need to be better at serving and loving my spouse. The marriage group we were part of at the beginning of this year helped me a lot and while I felt like Blinn and I had a great marriage before, there were definitely things pointed out that both of us need to work on. Its a continual learning curve, but one I'm happy to be on with this boy.
- Moving back to Columbus hasn't exactly been easy in the friendship department, but I've learned a lot about my old friends, how I view friendships, and thankfully, I've been able to make new friends.
I am humbled at the thought of the beautiful women God has gifted me with and I'm thankful for the opportunity to know them, do life with them, create a history with them and share me with them. I don't know how or why I am given the things that I am, but I am so very pleased.