Operation Project Vase-Week 1

After I picked up the girls from school yesterday, we headed over to my friend Mandy's house. The girls were so excited. Of course, they were excited to see Mandy, but even more excited to see her two dogs, Gracie and Millie.

As we got out of the car, the girls were fighting over who would hold the flowers. I was so afraid they were going to drop them. Mandy opened the door and just smiled and said, "Oh my gosh those are so pretty". She was so excited. She had read my blog and she was secretly hoping I would pick her.
Let me tell you why I picked Mandy. We've known each other for about 11 years or more. We met when she was working publicity for us (when my sisters and I were in the Christian Music) and we became instant friends. We got along great and even became roommates. Although that was short lived, because I met Brian just a few months after she and I had moved in together. Mandy moved out and Brian moved in after our wedding. I was thrilled to be married, but sad that we wouldn't be roommates any longer.

Mandy has always been one of my best friends and someone I go to when things are rough. I know she will love me through it and be a source of encouragement for me. She was by my side at the hospital when I was induced with Jonathan. She even left a meeting early to be with me. She sat and held my hand while I laid in the hospital bed waiting to deliver my son.

She was the one who helped me redecorate my dining room when I needed an outlet for my grief. We talked and emailed each other a few times a day and I can truly say that I could feel a little bit of happiness in my despair. She continues to pray for me and feed me truth when I am feeling hopeless and discouraged. I love you my sweet friend. Thank you for being there for me when I needed you the most. You are a Godsend.

Mandy and her husband are having their first child, a baby girl, due in June. I picked pink in honor of their baby girl.

So now it's your turn. I can't wait to read your stories. I'll be honest. I'm always a little worried when I do a MckLinky because I'm afraid I won't get anyone linking up. So I'll put my pride aside for a moment and turn on the MckLinky. Ready, set, go!

Have a great weekend and stay warm.


April S. said...

Okay, i am behind on catching up on the blogs I read, so I didn't know you were doing this. I definitely plan to participate next week if you keep this going because it is such a great idea!!

Elisabeth said...

what a blessing your story made my day! Is Gracie a boxer? we also have a white boxer and her name is Lucy. Funny she was such a good girl before we left Nashville while visiting my grandparents when I got her just after mothers day last year but as my mom likes to say she's a wild child. She's now doing well in her training but before oh my word ha ha.

Oh and if any of you bought Secretariat on bluray at walmart there's a $5 coupon off a $10 bouquet of roses.

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