I'm headed down to Colorado Springs tomorrow morning to speak at MOPS again--this time at First Baptist in Black Forest. (As always, your prayers are welcome! They make such a huge difference and lift me up and encourage me like you wouldn't believe!) I'm really excited for several reasons.
First, my friend Kelly asked me to come and speak at this group--her MOPS group. Kelly and I met at summer camp when I was just starting ninth grade after moving back to Colorado from England. She's a year older than I am, but we became great friends very quickly. I rushed home from school to talk to her on the phone each afternoon since we went to different schools (but the same youth group).
I haven't seen Kelly in years, like waaaaay more than 10, maybe even more than 15. And I'm anxious to see her again and catch up on her life.
Second, this is a small group. Last week at my church, I spoke to about 150 women--I've heard it's the largest, or one of the largest, MOPS groups in the country. It was great, but this will be different. Not better, just different. It seems possible that I'll actually get to meet everyone there and hear a bit of their stories--something I really enjoy about speaking. I'm always amazed at how common our lives are when we love and follow Jesus. Sure, there are differences, but the essentials are the same.
And finally, I'm excited because I'm going to give Holly a call when I'm leaving the church and we're going to meet for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants. God has been so faithful to her in answering a long-standing request and we have some jumping up and down to do together!
Oh, and one really last thing--tomorrow is a half day for the girls and the start of spring break. And it was 60 degrees today and spring is really coming. LOTS to be excited about!