The #fmfparty begins about 8:15 eastern time as friends start arriving; some with supper in their hands, some with a cuppa, and some just bring bacon (crazy FMF joke)! I live in the eastern time zone so I bring tiredness and last night was no exception – after a whirlwind road trip to South Florida for my sister’s wedding (YAY!), I confess exhaustion had the better of me. The Twitter party moves quickly and typing on the Kindle is always a challenge but I persevered until Kate Motaung, the lovely host, tweeted the five-minute free write word prompt at 9:45 p.m. I fell right to sleep too tired to even think about what I would write on. But this morning as I drank coffee and did a few chores, it came to me.
Timer set 00:00 GO!
I just came back from a road trip. I traveled with the one I have always referred to as “the reflection in my mirror,” my daughter, Marni Ann. I was very young when Marni was born, 18-1/2 to be exact. Her dad was in the Air Force and we had been married sixteen months when she came along – she was born in the military hospital at Patrick Air Force Base, Cocoa FL. We always say she was born in the I Dream of Jeannie place!
We kind of grew up together – she was my strong-willed child. Stubborn. All-knowing. And, sometimes, a meanie! But oh how she has grown into a lovely woman. We’ve had our seasons, our tours of duty, our on-the-road moments but today? She is the delight of my soul – she is saved, sanctified, and Spirit-filled to overflowing. She loves Jesus with all her heart and REFLECTS Him in all she does. She homeschools our almost-13 Simon; and, she rescued our almost-19 Hannah. Her husband, whom we love, is a “challenge” and the hardest worker I’ve ever known; smart as a whip too – he can fix just about anything!
Marni, a wonderful Mom and Aunt. A sharp domestic engineer. A creative decorator. A great cook. A good friend. And, the best daughter a Mom could ever have.
May…our daughters (be) like corner pillars
cut for the structure of a palace…Psalm 144.12