And I got a great one from my family this morning--a charm bracelet I've wanted for years. I can't wait to get my first charms on it and start adding to the collection. Charm bracelets tell stories and if you know me at all, you know I have this deep love for stories!
But, the charm bracelet wasn't my favorite gift. While it's a pretty hard one to beat, I realized how much more I loved the words/non-words I received from my favorite Royal people.
Caroline wrote me this note:
I know it's hard to read (surely I don't need to remind you of my lack of good picture-taking skills), but I am the shell to her turtle. And for those of you who don't know, turtles are her most favorite thing in the world. And her hands were covered in marker afterward--be still my heart!
After a rough start to the morning that began with tears (those of you with pre-teens who don't like to get out of bed in the morning will totally understand), my Hope, who never posts selfies with me, posted this on her Instagram:
And, not to be left out, my sweet friends who I ADORE working with, snuck in to Tin Star earlier this week and decorated "our" table before I got there.
And yes--that is my favorite flower--beautiful hydrangeas!!!
Throughout the morning, my phone has also been blowing up with facebook messages.
Words bring life.
In the past couple of years, I've not made it a priority to tell those I love "happy bday" and celebrate/mourn with them as intentionally as I have in the past. I've got lots of great excuses that I tell myself when I feel that Holy Spirit twinge to reach out:
- I'm too busy
- They won't even notice if I don't say anything--everybody else will cover me
- But what happens if I do it this time and forget the next time--will they read into it
- What if I didn't say anything on their best friend's birthday--won't that friend feel left out?
Anyway, my socks have been blessed off and it reminds me that when kindness is shown to you, it makes you want to show it to others.
So, it's time for some intentional and spontaneous life-giving words to start coming out of my mouth...