I cannot begin to count how many times the word "connecting" has come up in the past week or so!
I blogged last week about the friendship Christy and I share, and then Lisa Whelchel spoke at our church on Mother's Day about friendships for women. Since then, I have heard again and again that women are lonely, longing for friends, wanting connection.
As I spent time with Lisa and talked to women waiting in line to meet her on Mother's Day, I saw so many women with tears in their eyes and heard so many comments about wanting close friendship with other women.
(I loved getting to meet her in person. She endorsed Living Simply for me when it came out, but this is the first time I met her face to face. I also had the opportunity to meet her entire family--hi all!)
Toben and I have been talking about it a lot too. Because it's not just women, it's couples who long for connection too. And as we think about twoignite, the marriage ministry at our church, one of the things we've been talking about is how to foster connection. How to encourage couples to connect with each other. Planning events is fun, but I'm starting to think that couples need time just to talk without an agenda in order to connect. So we've planned something fun to provide just that in June--and I'm so excited about it.
And I think women need space to connect too. I love, love women's Bible study--don't get me wrong. But I think women also need time and space to connect where there's no agenda beyond just hanging out and getting to know each other.
I've been thinking a bunch about the Wednesday mornings I used to host back when we lived in San Diego. And missing that time. And as Toben and I have talked, I've decided to start doing something similar again. (Without the knitting. Since I don't have any of my knitting stuff here in Arizona.)
So for any of you I know in person--or who live close enough to meet in person--let's have coffee at The Coffee Shop next door to Joe's Farm Grill in Agritopia on Wednesday, May 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. Just hang out, maybe have a cookie or a piece of pie, and chat.
If you want more information, check out my Facebook profile page. I posted it as an event there too.
And as for couples connecting, Toben and I have something fun up our sleeve for the summer. But that's a post for another day.
I'll end by saying that Audrey and Emma were super excited to meet Lisa Whelchel too. They've watched lots of The Facts of Life on Hulu and so they were totally ready to meet "Blair" in person.
Okay, that's it for today. Went a little link-y crazy. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!