Before I became a Mrs., I was a Miss. I was a sassy Miss. I was a Miss with many ideas of how her life as a Mrs. might look. Then I spent 2 years (or more??) watching Gretchen learn to be a mom. I spent A LOT of time in her apartment with she and Brigitta. I watched her when she was happy as well as when she was frustrated. I watched when baby was smiling and cooing…and when baby was angry. I was there on days when the house was clean, several others when it was in the process of being cleaned, and there on a few when it (forgive me Gretchen!) was due to be cleaned. :-) I knew then that I was not only enjoying time with a good friend, but I was watching a young mom learn to be a mom- day in and day out. Hubby home and hubby gone. Baby happy and baby sad.
When I became a mom, 4 years later, I found myself very thankful for the time that the Lord had given me in Gretchen’s home. The realities of life as a young mother were not foreign to me, nor where they unfamiliar or unwelcome challenges. I had seen another young mom make it gracefully through the hard days and rejoice in the ‘easy’ ones…and believe it or not…I am still gleaning tidbits from those mornings I spent there.
Thanks Gretch! I doubt you will ever fully realize impact those days made in my life….
Bonus: Get out there and do some junior high or high school ministry. These are generally very time intensive ministries and involvement is much easier when you are still a single woman. Learn to read teenagers BEFORE you have one. :-)