Monday, March 9, 2009

Sometimes you just need to be

As we drove to Starbucks on a Sunday afternoon in the little red convertible, we talked, as always. We shared the difficulties of the day and the discouragements that had entered our hearts, the challenges that had come upon us as mothers. And even while we poured out frustrations, we knew. We knew that the Lord would provide, and that we would find the perfect encouragement somehow.

And then, we spent the afternoon sitting in the sunshine, sipping our drinks and eating leftover cupcakes as we talked to dear family members-- women who have "been there, done that", and who have a wisdom that only comes with hindsight and experience. It was perfect.

The time flew by all too quickly, and before we knew it we had to go. Back into the little red convertible, the top down and the sun shining, the temperature warm, the road stretching out before us. Jason Mraz came across the radio and we turned it up as we sang. Yes, we were headed home... but not quite yet. Soon, we would be mothers and wives again... but for now, we were just two girls in a car that was made for a drive on a day that begged to be enjoyed.

So, we drove, out onto the open road between the fields that were just beginning to turn green, the wind whipping our hair into a frenzy. I looked at Jessica and we smiled, content to just be.

It was only an extra 10 minutes that we took on that open road, only a short trip by the odometer. It doesn't matter. In those extra minutes we forgot about sick and tired whiny children, the cares of a household, exhaustion and stress. It was more than a joy-ride on a beautiful day-- it was therapy.
As we wound our way home through neighborhood streets, I found myself wanting to cry. God is so good! His tender mercies to us in all our weakness and sinfulness never ever fail. Just as we knew He would, He provided everything we needed and then some. His gifts of grace to us can take many different forms. Today, it was cupcakes and coffee, the wind in our hair, the sunshine on our faces, the stretch of road before us, the blessing of a beautiful friendship...

Luke, if you're reading this, don't worry... I didn't actually eat a cupcake in your car, I was only pretending for the sake of the picture :)

Not only sisters and friends, but kindred spirits. Love this girl.

15 comments:

Sarah said...

you look darling in the convertible picture!

Tristan said...

Such a sweet post!

*CPA* Su said...

What a fun Sister Day you had!! So sweet and yes God is SO good to us sinful humans! :)

P.S. Your little countdown says 8 days...can you even believe it?!?! EEEEEE!!!

Kourtni said...

You girls look sooo cute!! I was wondering what you had been up to when we saw you girls coming home in the hot rod. hehe.

Jenn said...

That sounds like a perfect day!

Lydia said...

that sounds so wonderful! I love those type of coffee trips. It's fantastic. I can't wait to have some with you!
The pictures are lovely. I loev the one of jessica driving. It's stunning.

Jerusha Abigail said...

Aww. Yay for coffee and cupcakes with a convertible with a sister! sounds just lovely. And you two ARE lovely! Both so beautiful in your pictures! kisses

RachelRuelas said...

oh this sounds just amazing. I'm so glad to know another girl who appericiates these kinds of things!
R

ashley.star said...

What a great post and wonderful day!

Ashlei Paige said...

this is so cute & wonderful!!! what a fun drive!

Steph said...

Aww my mom said Starbucks was just wonderful. I'll have to make sure one of our visits coincides with a girly Starbucks date next time. I love that you two took the convertible! :)

Mommy Diffee said...

I love how well you write Talia! I forget the story is about you and I feel like I just got addicted to a precious new book, then your stories end too soon! They are a fun little treat though =) Say hi to Jessica for me next time you see her! I hope she is doing well!

caitlyn said...

aw i'm sad i didn't make it home it time to go with you girls! i was exhausted! but i'm glad you guys had a wonderful time :)

next time i see you miss rosalie will be here and maybe she can join us on our next girly starbucks date!

*jimaie.marie* said...

this post made me HAPPY!! i LOVE it. and what a fantastic reminder to me that god IS always good and NEVER fails to provide for us in every way <33

Band of Brothers said...

aw, what a sweet and wonderful post. it's amazing how some girl time can make one's day a million times better!