Big things just don’t happen overnight… and definitely don’t happen with one person. It takes an army. An army of God-loving women. Who never worry about themselves.
Once I knew my cards were hitting the market, I knew I wanted to stop and thank a bunch of people. If I could’ve invited every one of you – I really would have. Every person that has bought a set and every person that has emailed “thanks” to a blog post. You have had a part in keeping this going.
So, I had a brunch just to stop the madness of internet friendship.
As beautiful as the community is of blogs and Instagram and Facebook. It is also so very very lovely to look some people square in the eyeballs and say “I love you” and “I am grateful for you” and “You are worthy” and “I think you are awesome” and “I couldn’t have done this without you.”
How do you pick a list when there is a sea of people to hug and thank? So, to be fair … I went with the current Lil Light O’ Mine blog contributors. Some of them my oldest, dearest friends. Some of them, new friends through this blogging world – but know me like none other and have walked me through the last two years of insanity.
Some of you weren’t there and should’ve been and please know I love you and I am so very grateful.
I wanted them to meet each other. I wanted my girls to see and meet them.
We gathered at Katie’s mom’s beautiful home in Buckhead. That woman is a saint – in the midst of a painful surgery. Not even there – healing. She loaned us the perfect environment to hug and squeal.
We toasted. laughed. giggled. hugged. prayed.
We called each other by instagram names and real names. We connected the oh-so-many dots around the room. We recalled silly times from college or found common bonds of new friendships. And, I’m pretty sure we might have scarred intern Katie for life during one discussion. Sorry Katie.
Of course, we served all things Southern like tea and cheese straws, chicken salad and petit fors.
Our most honored guest was our Heavenly Father.
The common demoninator of this crew is that they are madly in love with Jesus. They are raw, authentic, never perfect and growing. They are so very real and they love to share it all.
There is a reason they are on the list and I want you to get to know them. Read their stories and blogs here.
They are good, good people. Beautiful women in their own special way just like you.
They have each poured into me and expected nothing in return. They know I am so little and God is so big. We are all a part of a story. And we want to see others fall in love with Jesus too.
We prayed together at the end for our words on this blog, for our influence, for our families, for your families, for moms and more. Even if it’s just one mom encouraged per post – job done.
It was a beautiful day. I am full, full of gratitude. Not sure why I have the incredible privilege to know them – but will never take the gifts lightly and share them with you often.
Thank you Katie & Kelli for making it happen. You are priceless friends to me.