Dear beginning of 2017 Christina,
Here are some things that will help this year…
You will write over 50,000 words, because you aimed for 100,000.
Friends who see, listen, and pray will be what carries you through this year.
Being volun-told to lead a women’s Bible study with your friend will be amazing.
Farmer Brothers brand will still make you think of anything other than tea.
Gold lettering coffee cups will be a trend you can only admire since you don’t want to blow up microwaves. One year the tea will stay hot again…
Sassafras will go on her first mission trip and youth summer camp.
You will be gifted a cup a marshmallows and it will be a balm to your soul.
You will fold your principles and buy Birkenstocks because of your old lady feet, however, you will try Stranger Things and it will be ALL THE NOPES for you.
Friends will designate an emoji for your age and get you both a pillow and a shirt to help celebrate that in you.
11:11 will still remind you to pray for your family and be thankful for your heritage. Like a little row of fence posts…
Severe storm baking will still be a thing.
#Stupidstaging will be a part of your life for eleven months of this year.
You will complete 100 blogs and do a giveaway.
SO MANY houses will sell as you pray for your friends and family.
You will say goodbye to another mother figure and pray your guts out for her girl (and other family members). You will miss MissGlenda all of your days.
Working out will cause your glasses to fog up and you will feel like Lou Ferrigno (Google it, young’uns.)
You will drive all the way to Enid and Ninnekah to lay on people’s couches because they love you.
Teaching English at co-op will be one of the best decisions ever. My students are the best! (Don’t tell anyone.)
Waffle fairy could become your nickname.
FaceTime and selfies will still puzzle you.
Your house will turn into “wedding central” as you prepare for B’s wedding. You will single-handedly save the reception from a fire. (You’re welcome!)
Daddy will get pneumonia and you will stare losing a parent in the face again. Ironically his “get well” balloon will deflate and he will lose all filters on drugs. You will get to keep him this time.
The phrase “It does matter if you are being a dumb donkey or smart donkey. The point is DON’T BE A DONKEY,” will become a phrase with your children.
You will rival multi-level marketers on FB with your requests for prayer about house showings.
Llamas will laugh until they cry. (You had to be there. #llamadown)
Obeying God as you go back to women’s Bible study will be the best thing EVER (and the studying at home will be awesome, too).
Falls Creek will turn 100 and you will go celebrate all God has done.
Face filters will still creep you out although the Cliff-tina pic will be pretty awesome.
During an unbelievable inauguration, your toddler will be sing, “Your praise will ever be on my lips,” and it will be a perfectly appropriate song.
You will paint your nails just for you.
Sassafras will go with you to see Lion King at the Civic Center.
The iron of my friendships will surface and be indispensable.
You will ROCK 40 just like you have your whole life. You will be celebrated at the Boxcar and then go to Bobo’s for the first time in your life.
When your pastor says, “We cannot denounce white supremacy often enough or loud enough,” it will resonate in every part of your soul.
Friends will step into bigger roles in women’s ministry and you will pray like crazy and bust with pride in them. #GoAmyandRachel
A forty year Christmas tradition will come to an end and it will be a fun and emotional transition.
You will finally get a new picture with your BFF after about 13 years. #wegottadobetterthanthat
Sonic will go to several Thunder games and have fun in lederhosen (just not at the same time).
You will ask yourself if you love Jesus more than selling your house and you will find that you are loved in both the waiting and the answer.
Book launches will still be fun for you. Lisa-Jo Baker’s Unfriended and the She Reads Truth Bible reviews will be one of your favorite things to do.
You will force feed a toddler cheerios for breakfast, but fight her over your cabbage and onions for lunch. Quoting Han Solo, “This is not my fault. This is not my fault,” will become a regular dinnertime thing. #WKwasthepickyeater #mynicknamewasmoochie
One year you will look at a water bottle and not want to commit homicide, but it is no this year.
This year’s girl’s retreat will be a work of the Spirit. The unity of believers and cohesiveness of the speakers can only be credited to him.
The Bible you got to review you will give away, and then you will get it back.
Life will be crazy enough for you to eat Lunchables again. Although you will treat yourself by buying a more expensive adult version after a few of them.
You will celebrate the 60th birthday of your La-Mama. You will never get over God’s blessing you with her.
Nespresso home coffee machine and milk frother will be the best present you ever got your husband.
The Lyons side will have the first ever family reunion in which Snickle will call your oldest cousin “my favorite” all weekend and hearts will melt.
You will entertain second generations with your bubble gum blowing skills (Yeah, I still got it!).
You will be able to mall walk your house like a grandma on speed.
Going out the “in” door will be something you do for your daughter to show her you love her.
Sick kids will remind me that stewarding children will result in blessings because of the burdens.
You will master a 20-word adjective on FaceBook and your Aunt will love you all the more for it.
The trip you take for your 15th wedding anniversary will be the one trip to rule them all. Best donut ever… spa… club level… convertible… history… quiet… mountains… hiking… I WILL NEVER GET OVER IT.
You will love noise-canceling headphones as much as you thought you would.
AND you will finally… Finally… FINALLY… get a contract on your house. Thank you, Lord Jesus!
With grace and faith,