Friday, October 16, 2009

Company Girl Coffee 10/16/09



Good Morning Ladies! It's been so long and I have missed you all so much! Life has been a whirlwind of activity! The first Strings Attached Retreat was a great success and I learned so much from the ladies that I worked with! Now on to the rest of fall....So here is what I am up to now...please pray that God will be the extra tough superglue that holds all my seams together 'cause wow things are only speeding up!

This weekend marks the last of my downtime until, well until the end of the year really so I am hoping to put on a big pot of chili and rest and relax with my family. Bear with me, this list/schedule is more for my benefit th10/24 an yours, but any commiserating about the craziness hectic-ness that I call my life would be more than welcome :)!

So for the next several weeks I am still leading a Marriage Champions class on Sunday evenings. I love the group of couples and the opportunity to help strengthen marriages in our church, but I have been rewriting the manual each week and that takes a lot of bandwidth. (More than I had bargained for really). I have a marriage conference I am helping with next weekend, a retreat to plan for my home church, a fall festival to attend, two banquets and four volleyball games (that's all next week). My husband and I are leaving for Mexico Oct 31 for a week...I need to plan meals for my son (he has a severe allergic disorder and it is much easier to provide meals than for his caregiver to worry about them the whole week), as soon as I return I speak at a youth leadership conference, a ladies retreat and then travel for the next two weekends! WOOSH! I am tired already!

And guess what? I decided to table the book I am currently working on for a project I feel is more imminent. SO, I need your help to make that happen! Here's the idea:

I am writing a book about how women can help each other through difficult times in healthy ways (non-codependent ways). I realize that my Company Girls probably have some wonderful stories to share that show/tell how you were lifted up and supported through a tough time by your girlfriends. I would love to hear them and possibly share them in my book (which would in turn be your book, too.) In the spirit of the Strings Attached Village, let's write a book together, combining our stories and experiences with good and bad forms of support through difficult times. If you are interested in learning more and contributing, please email me at cari@gps4life.net and I will send you more info including parameters and style and the like.

Happy Coffee Day! Thanks for listening! I can't wait to see what you all are doing this week!

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting for coffee today. It sounds like you have a FULL schedule! I am still in the church/school/home phase of life with my kids. I try to keep a pretty predictable schedule, and haven't signed my kids up to any extra-curricular activities yet. The more I read about other women/mom's lives, the more I have come to appreciate the simplicity of my own right now! :)

    I'll be praying for you. Your ministry sounds great. God will sustain you as you do the work He prepared in advance for you to do!

    As for stories, well, I'll have to think about that one and get back to you. Do you have a deadline?

    Have a great weekend!
    -Melissa

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  2. Your book idea sounds fabulous. I'll put my thinking cap on and see it I can come up with any examples. I'd love to hear the stories of others even if I can't come up with one for myself.

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  3. Thanks for visiting my blog today. I look forward to getting to know you through your blog.

    Blessings!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by and for the prayers. We must hang onto the hope that what we have planted will come to fruition...somedays it's the only way to keep going. Wishing you the best in your busy schedule!

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  5. Glad to see you back for coffee! Sounds like you have a lot going on! I am such a homebody, I love just being home with my family so much, I would be so stressed if I were in your shoes...I guess that's why God doesn't put me there! :)

    I will have to think about stories. I think in this day and age, that is one of the biggest challenges to women, we don't have the quiltings or the canning sessions that bring us together anymore and I know I often feel very isolated. I love your ministry goals!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Keeping God's Word around my home helps me to keep my mind "set on the things above and not on the things of the world " (Col. 3:1-3).

    Sounds like you are one busy lady. Serving the Lord is such a wild adventure!!

    Blessings.

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  7. I don't think you have enough stuff to do. You need to add more on the list. hehe Glad to hear that the retreat went well. That's great! Sounds like a great ministry. Good luck with your book. Have a safe and relaxing trip.

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  8. Mholgate, as far as a deadline, I would love to start receiving story ideas as soon as possible and start selecting them by December. I am writing the intro now and plan to post it soon to the blog. So, if you could submit something by 10 Nov that would be awesome!

    joyce, haha...I think you are right, my days are way too laid back...maybe I'll take up guitar lessons or something...;)

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