We are in the final stages of finishing our farm house out here in Nebraska. That’s why this poor old blog has been neglected, kicked to the side and abandoned in recent weeks. Poor blog. Poor, poor blog.
BUT…. I must share what we did for Valentine’s Day this year. A new tradition has been born and I can hardly wait to share it with you, and hopefully inspire you to maybe do something similar in the coming weeks or months.
V-Day was on a Saturday this year, so I thought about having a brunch for my girl friends and their littles. I love throwing little parties and entertaining, so a Saturday morning seemed perfect! But the more I thought about it, I figured that my friends would probably want to spend the day with their hubbies since most of them would have off work that day. So that got me thinking….
Who doesn’t have anyone to spend Valentine’s Day with???
We had been studying 1 Timothy in our small group on Wednesday nights this past fall and a significant part of that book of the Bible focuses on taking care of the widows and orphans. I had been so convicted about this, but didn’t really know where to start in terms of “taking care of” these two special groups of people. If you read my post about our past year, you learned that we are in the early stages of moving towards adoption, but what about caring for widows?
Enter Valentines Day!
I decided that this year I would throw a Valentine’s Day Brunch for the widows in our church. There are 5 precious ladies in our congregation that had no one to share the day of love with, so we had a special time on February 14th to celebrate friendship with one another and share their stories about their husbands and their marriages.
My mother in law was so sweet to let me use her home and fine china to throw this brunch (since we are still in the guest house and all of my stuff is packed away) and helped me get everything set up, baked and ready to go for the big day! We had a simple brunch with a sausage breakfast casserole, home made cinnamon rolls, coffee and a fruit trifle for dessert, which we lit with a candle to celebrate one of the ladies’ birthdays that day. We had a wonderful time sitting around, eating and chatting until noon that morning.
It was truly beautiful to listen to each of them go around, share how they met their husbands, tell about their dating lives, weddings, families, triumphs, defeats, advice and regrets. They spoke with so much love and, yes, giddiness when they talked about the men they loved the most. It was such a special time! I will never forget that morning.
I have been praying about it a lot this week, and after talking with them, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly brunch with them when we move into our new house next month. Their wisdom and friendship is so important and so special to me. And I can’t wait to see how our little group blossoms and changes. So today I thank God for Betty, Verba, Joyce, Phyllis and Nola. And I love that a prompting from studying 1 Timothy brought a new group of friends together.
And of course I spent the rest of the day with my little Andi Joy and Nora Sue, ending the day with an in home steak dinner with my sweet hubby.