A Day to Not Take Pictures

No pictures of the faces in my life today. Today was a private day—a day of one-on-one relationships where taking a picture would have gotten in the way. I can tell you what I did, but I can’t show you.

This morning I had a doctor’s appointment. I went in for a bump on my foot and was a tad nervous I might get stuck. Imagine my surprise when my blood pressure was 124/77! It was in the 180/90 range a couple of years ago and never gotten back into the “safe zone.” My healthy eating and running are working!

Next was lunch with my high school best friend, Sandy. Of course, we had a great time. Then we were on to the Weight Watcher meeting for lifetime members. It was the pep rally I needed. So fun!

Today was Sandy’s last day in Illinois. I hate to see her go. I feel like I’m losing my dear friend once again. But this time will be different. We will use technology to stay in touch and continue to inspire each other in every area of life.

Finally home. Gene arrived shortly after me and we enjoyed coffee on the deck while we caught up with our day.

Today reminds me once again how precious are my relationships. Precious time with Sandy—even life-changing as we shared insights and ways we have grown and have seen growth in each other.

And my time with Gene. Our late afternoon coffee times are a foundation in our marriage. It was something we started when the kids were little—a way to catch up before the crazy of homework, baths, and bedtime. The kids were allowed to come in the kitchen but not allowed to talk until we were finished. Even today when life causes us to miss a few days, we feel it in our relationship.

Another good, but exhausting day. . .

Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.

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