Today kicks off the holiday weekend and a series of festivities on the hill!
If the weather will just cooperate, I will be happy. Make that more than happy. Make that giddy, thrilled…over-the-moon with joy happy! I want so badly for us all to have a good time together, and when the venue is outdoors that means good weather is a necessity.
This morning we began our weekend of family fun with a Galentine’s Day Ladies-Only Breakfast, the first where I played hostess for the event. It went really well!
Woohoo, I love it when a plan comes together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is a picture of the lovely ladies that shared breakfast with me this morning:
These are the fems in my fam. Aren’t they gorgeous?!
We had a few Y chromosomes in the crowd this morning. Unfortunately, Pa had to work, so he couldn’t kidlet sit. The wee boys were forced to join our group. They were well behaved for wee boys, and I think they enjoyed the Galentine’s theme as much as the gals did, especially the edible heart-shaped candies distributed around the table top—you know, those kind you get on paper and you have to peel them off with water to put on your cakes at birthday time.
The boys enjoyed gobbling them up!
Here’s another pic, this time with me in the mix. I’m half way down the table on the right hand side. I think I need a new hair style. This one looks out of sync with my personality these days, plus it is hard to maintain. I might go shorter. What do you think?
See all that pink on the table? I left the house early this morning so that I could decorate before any of the lovelies arrived, but wouldn’t you know, a few came early. I’m never early, so I rarely expect that of others! 😉
It all looked so nice when I was done. Keeping it real, though, I want to share some misgivings I had before I went to this event.
On the drive down the hill to the venue, I kept thinking, “I should have done this. Why didn’t I do that? What I’ve done isn’t enough!” I’m the queen of second-guessing! I went so far as to stop at the Dollar Store to pick up some trinkets on the way, but as I was filling my arms with junky junk, I said, “Stop!” I put the things I had in my arms back and left the store.
I was frustrated with myself. That’s when I decided I needed to check in with my Friend in the Sky.
I pulled into a secluded spot in the parking lot and took a minute. It was right, good, and appropriate for me to do so. So many times we women think we are not enough. We have to do more, be more, constantly perform for the world.
I hate that!
My Friend does too!
We do not have to do that. We are enough. Our love is enough. That we all eeked out some time in our lives/schedules/vacation plans to celebrate with each other is enough.
Finally I was satisfied, and guess what: I went, I saw, and it was—ENOUGH!
In preparation for this Galentine’s event I created little prompts to share with the ladies; questions written on little pieces of paper. I asked each lady to take one. I wanted us to make an effort to know each other better. We live miles apart and life is ever changing, so I thought it would be neat to create a way for us to connect on a deeper level at this breakfast. The questions did the trick. They got people sharing.
Ironically, my piece of paper said this: What is your recipe for continued joy and happiness?
What?! Can you believe that?
We didn’t have time to get to my question, and I’m kinda glad we didn’t because I struggle to find joy in my life sometimes, and I’m not sure what I would have shared in response to that question. Choosing that question this morning from the grab bag, though, it helped me see that my greatest joy is experienced in those moments when I invest myself in other people, particularly those people I love and with whom I share a history.
These were MY peeps! These were MY JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Closing out this rather epic post, I want to say: Thank you, You gorgeous sea nymphs, for blessing me with your opalescent beauty this morning. You are the very definition of family, and I love you all sooooooo much! Muah!
Note: To “get” that last couple of sentences, you have to be a Parks & Rec fan. Translation: You’re the BEST!!!!!
When have you brought joy to another person just by showing up? What brings you joy?