Mine and Wayne's weekend started early on Thursday when we headed south to New Orleans. I had a conference on Friday and we decided to take S with us because other than a quick trip with her juco, she had never been. Besides, it was her birthday and I wanted it to be special since she didn't have much of a twenty-first birthday last year. We took her to one of our favorite restaurants, The Bourbon House, for dinner. We had drinks at the bar and watched as the guys shucked oysters while we waited for our table. We enjoyed getting to sit in front of the huge windows in the dining room and watched all the crazy people walking on Bourbon Street. I thought S looked so beautiful that night. She insisted on wearing a pink birthday sash for the occasion.
After dinner, we spent the remainder of the night - until 1 AM! - on Bourbon Street. We danced and listened to lots of different bands. She was a lot more obliging than I thought she would be with listening to "our type of music," but she took it all in and had a fun night. The next day, while I was at the conference, she and Wayne went to the aquarium and Cafe du Monde. Unfortunately, things didn't work out for S and her friends to stay the remainder of the weekend, so she came back with us on Friday night.
On Saturday night, we ended her birthday week with steak, twice baked potatoes, green bean bundles and a 4-layer home made birthday cake!! WHICH her teammates inhaled later that night at her apartment when they all played that nasty jelly bean game (We played three rounds at the house and it was hilarious! I laughed so hard!)!!
I have yet to understand why she feels the need to stick her tongue out in nearly every picture, but little sister is following fast in her footsteps!
This picture makes me smile so much! Oh, to see that beautiful smile! If y'all only knew how hard it use to be to get even a grin out of her! I was so thankful for our church service this morning! After being out for several weeks, and with all the chaos that is happening in our world, it was so refreshing and encouraging to be back among friends and believers. Both our pastor's sermon and our life group lesson was about making a difference in someone else's life and about how as Christians, we need to go out an DO, and I left church today with the confidence of knowing that I'm right where God wants me to be. And there is such a peace in that, y'all! S is in our life for a reason - or a season - and it's up to us to help plant the seed of faith in her life. Of course, the guilt tried to settle in - that I wasn't doing enough or that I wasn't doing it right - but then, that sweet peace came to me and I just knew. I knew that no matter what, everything was going to be okay.