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No photos today.  We started our Sunday off a bit earlier than usual (7:50 a.m.) so we had some sweet family snuggles in bed with the boys.  Somehow they always end up climbing on top of me and letting daddy rest his eyes comfortably…not sure how that happens.

We went to church and it was such an awesome service.  I didn’t grow up in a church or in a religious household.  I met people along the path of life who SHOWED me what being a Christian is all about.  It wasn’t forced upon me as a small child or discussed at the dinner table.  My mother and I did go to church on Easter but that was about it.  I would go with my friend, Kelsey, to her family’s church, which I always liked.  It was very laid-back and fun for kids.  I attended a private, Christian high school where I met Katie, the MOST influential Christian I have ever known.  I say influential because she CHANGED ME!

I was so tired of going to a new church and just constantly feeling left out, lost, judged and confused.  I was so lost and trying to find my way toward something I knew basically nothing about.  Katie SHOWED me the TRUE MEANING OF AGAPE!!  I was nothing like Katie.  She grew up with the same group of girls in the same Christian school who all then went to the same high school.  Their parents were friends, they all knew everything about each other.  They were a tight circle.  I moved schools A LOT and made a lot of different friends all over.  Katie came into my life when I was going to need it the most.

Instead of preaching scripture to me or telling me all the things I would need to change or do, she just simply loved and accepted me and became my friend.  FLAWS & ALL!  By showing me what true friendship and love and caring is all about I was finally able to put those brick walls down and let God into my life.  This allowed me to know God on a personal level without it feeling forced or even encouraged, to be honest.  Katie was just a GOOD PERSON with an amazing heart.

The first weekend my husband and I started dating was while we were at Oklahoma State University.  We were surrounded by parties and people having casual conversations about mundane things.  Jason and I sat in a hallway and discussed the SERIOUS stuff in life….do you want to get married? do you want kids? how many? when? do you go to church? what type of church do you belong to? what political party do you belong to?  Yes, we were THOSE two.  But, that is how we discovered we were meant to be together.

His family introduced me to the non-denominational church, which I fell in love with.  It was so CLEAR and EASY to understand and it held my attention.  Since moving back home to Oklahoma we have discovered an amazing church.  SO comfortable, friendly, powerful messages and our kids like it.

If you know me personally you know I am a Christian and I am a Republican.  But I’m also not one to turn away a friend because they are not like me.

The reason I write this post is because in the past year (since turning 30 ugh) it seems like my life is becoming so much FULLER.  I’m opening up to new ideas and new people and new things and all it is doing is enriching my life so MUCH more.  I’ve learned to LOVE working out and getting in shape.  I’ve joined a Mothers of Multiples group, which is fantastic!  I’m trying new things and meeting people everywhere I go.

Sure I love the people in my life but why not open it up to new experiences?  I’ve made new friends who may or may not agree with me on religion or politics or even how I parent my children BUT if we only surround ourselves with people who are JUST LIKE US, what is enriching about that?

I don’t want to wake up when I’m 70 and say I didn’t meet any new, interesting people, didn’t develop new friendships or try anything different.

If Katie had looked at me like just another new student who she had nothing in common with, we would have missed out on a beautiful friendship and who knows where I would be.  That one friendship changed my life forever.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

October 16, 2011
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