It's time for another coffee date! It's been four whole months since our last one. For shame! A coffee date in the form of a blog post is where I pretend I'm sitting across from you at a quaint little table while we sip a yummy drink and chit chat. It's sort of like a random brain dump from me to you. No need to thank me. But you're welcome. (wink)
I'd ask you something like, "So... what's new? or "How's everything going?" Like I always do. And I'd say it like I mean it. Because I do. I really want to know how you are. And I can usually tell if how you're "doing" isn't really how you're doing.
We talk about things in your world for a while, then you ask me how I am.
First, I'd surely gush about how excited I am that it's summer, and that we have no schedule. Except for this week, because the whole family (Jeremy included, because he took the week off to be with us) is spending the week at Vacation Bible School (VBS) at our church. We're in Babylon this year, learning about Daniel's courage in captivity. Jeremy, Drew (our oldest), and I are running the Food Court serving ancient foods (wearing full costume) in the tent city-like marketplace. It's a blast... Day 2 starts tomorrow! Our three grade-schoolers are in the actual program, and our three baby/preschoolers are downstairs in the classes for the leader's little ones. Though I keep baby Emmy with me as much as possible... three hours is a long time! The whole family is loving it so far.
I'd tell you that VBS is taking up most of our energy, but that we're making the most of this vacation time with Jeremy home for 10 days. We're hitting parks, drive-thru windows, ice cream shops, and more. It's been such a good time.
I might even admit that I've been failing miserably eating the way I need to for my health (as I'm being naughty sipping a sugary drink with you.) I can really feel a difference when I cut out the grains, sugar, and diary, but it's been so difficult to do lately. I'd tell you that it's been a constant struggle over the last two years, and that I'm paying for it in my health. I'd also ask you to pray for me in that. Then I'd thank you.
The topic of conversation might move to our kids, because it often does...
You might tell me about what your kids are up to this summer; possibly playing in a soccer league, conquering the great outdoors, or going to summer camp. I'd tell you that our schedules are clear, but that we're looking forward to some June and July birthdays in our household, namely Emmy's first birthday coming in less than two weeks! Also, I'd share that my Mom is flying in to visit us for over a week at the end of June, and that we're super thrilled about that.
Next, I'd ask you what you've been up to for you. Are you engaging in any favorite pastimes or hobbies? I'd tell you shyly as my face turns red, that one of my dreams is coming true this summer.
Along with a friend who has been dreaming with me, I'm traveling to the She Speaks Writer's Conference in July. By myself, with my friend - across the country. Cannot. Believe. It. We have been dreaming of attending for three years now. And, be still my heart, our husbands agreed that this is the year. The conference is put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries and Lysa TerKeurst (who I adore, I can't believe I get to meet her.) We'll be spending just five days away, including two whole days of travel. We're so giddy with excitement we can't stand it. It's been hard for me to think about anything else!
Learning the ins and outs of writing in sessions taught by some of my favorite authors and experts in the area is a DREAM! When God puts a dream in your heart, you've got to start somewhere for it to come to fruition, right? So that's what we're doing. We're starting there.
I'd take a deep breath, sip my drink, and force myself to calm my rapid heart rate while trying to change the subject.
I might ask you if you've ever tried dry shampoo in your hair. It's the stuff I've avoided trying because it sounded like an oxymoron to me. How is shampoo dry? Well, I'd tell you that I folded during a weak moment in the hair products aisle at Target. It was only a couple bucks, and it was probably the cheapest brand. But it's amazing. You might laugh at me, and tell me that you've been using it for years (like when it first came out.) But I'd still tell you how yummy it smells, and how it makes my second day hair so manageable. You see, I never wash my hair two days in a row... I usually have a "do my hair day" and then a "pull my hair back because it's second day hair day." But on that second day, my hair just needs some oomffh to get it back it to it's non-oily self. This does it. Just spray those roots, rub it in, and bam. Good hair.
You might look at your watch, and say that you need to get moving. Maybe my dry shampoo talk scared you off, but either way, I'd look at my phone (because I don't wear watches) and realize I am needing to head out too.
We'd hug (because I'm sort of a hugger) and say farewell in hopes that we don't go four months until our next coffee date.
Now it's your turn! What would you tell me on our coffee date? I'm dying to know.