Make new friends, but keep the old...

When you’re growing about, there are so many opportunities to make new friends and meet new people.  Every year, you are in a new class and make new friends.  When you move to the middle school or high school, there are more kids and you meeting new people.  And of course in college, you meet people that live on the other side of the country or the other side of the world.  These days, I don’t have as many opportunities to meet new people, but last week was an exception. 

Our family was at the state curriculum fair in Maryland representing Daughters 4 God.  Our booth was adjacent to a precious family.  The father is a deaf pastor to a deaf congregation.  Our two youngest girls enjoyed playing with two of their 10 children.  In the course of our conversations, we found out that our families had much in common—we both homeschool, enjoy watching “I Love Lucy,” and both daddies make breakfast on Saturday mornings and homemade pizza during one night of the weekend.   

While we were at the curriculum fair, I met so many wonderful women and their daughters.  It was great to talk with Bummi and Susan and Tiffany and so many others.  I was encouraged to meet other women who are choosing to be intentional in parenting their precious daughters.

Days later, I was at my dear friend Kim’s house with ten ladies from her church:  Gladys, Shannon, Christine, Marlane, Diane, Sharon, Darlene, Lisa and Michelle. We talked about the importance of being in relationship with our daughters, how to tell them about their changing bodies, and how each of our girls is a unique gift.  We laughed together; we cried together; we prayed together.  The time flew by. 

I am grateful for the gift of relationship with you, my new friends and acquaintances.  I am blessed by who you are and by your stories.  May God give you wisdom, grace, patience and love as you raise godly daughters (and sons!) who impact generations!