After dawdling at work because I was nervous to come home, I finally just did it.
I drove home.
As I pulled into the driveway, my butterflies were flying a bazillion flutters a minute in my stomach. When I saw the driveway was empty, I breathed a sigh of relief thinking, “oh, good. I can pull myself together.”
I walked in the back door and I was greeted by Wordgirl’s words, “Mommy! Mommy! Come meet Karen!”
I looked at Chris and said, “They’re here?”
He replied, “yep.”
I walked around the corner of my kitchen and saw THEM!
At first sight, I noticed that Karen was shorter than I thought she would be.
And Amanda was a lot taller than I thought she would be.
My next thought was, “My goodness they are beautiful.”
We all said a giant hi and Karen hugged me long and hard.
Then, I waded my way through children and gave Amanda a hug.
Then, came the…..what do I do now. I’m not a very good hostess. I don’t do a very nice job having people in my home. My friends who are basically sisters know just to help themselves around my house. And even though I felt like Karen and Amanda and I would be close, it WAS the first time they had ever been to my house.
But we showed them Dash’s room and finally decided just to start eating. We were short one chair so Chris left us alone and went downstairs with his Subway (that Karen correction: Amanda had bought him).
WE had a GREAT time for supper. Wordgirl let us talk and Princess Pea was pretty well behaved. I supplied cupcakes when we were done eating by Franklin Street Bakery since I hadn’t had time to figure out what to bake let alone bake it.
Once we started talking, we didn’t stop. We talked and talked and talked. I learned that Amanda and I have mutual friends. And I asked if she wanted to drive togetherto Karen’s talk, and we decided to carpool together. As they were leaving (in my opinion, WAY too soon, but they had a long evening ahead of them and Amanda had a super long drive ahead of her), I asked them to pray for a situation I would be facing. And Karen stopped everything and prayed right there with Amanda, Wordgirl, and me.
The next day after a fun day with the superstars, Amanda came by and we took off to Burnsville for Karen’s program. For the record, I did volunteer to drive since she was driving twice as far as I was, but she wanted to drive and that was the end of that.
As we were traveling, she and I discovered that we were born minutes from each other 7 months (exactly) apart.
Also, her husband grew up in Morris.
I grew up in Morris.
Her husband’s dad was the superintendent of my school.
Her husband’s brother and I were in high school band together.
Needless to say, it’s a small world.
Karen’s program was fun to watch and it was great to see her touching women’s lives. She really did, too. It was great to be there supporting her and caring for her and learning from her.
I really want you to know that Karen is EXACTLY like I expected. She speaks and conducts herself EXACTLY the way she does on her devotional videos. I loved listening to her in person. I kind of just stared and her in this surreal euphoria. Not that she is someone to worship, but I couldn’t believe we were actually together in person. And Amanda is EXACTLY who I expected her to be, too, and even better.