Instead of being focused on what fun thing we could do for ourselves, I wanted us to serve some people who might not be particularly looking forward to Valentine's Day - ladies who no longer get to celebrate with their Valentine because he has passed away. We decided we would take flowers and macarons to a few widows in our new church to spread the Valentine's Day love and hopefully bring a little joy to their day.
Bouquets ready to go!
These beautiful raspberry lemon macarons were made by my amazing co-worker Sam. She is so talented and such a blessing to me.
The rest of our deliveries went great and honestly... I was taken aback by how emotional it was. I knew they would appreciate us stopping by, but I just... didn't prepare myself for the tears and how touched they would be. I am SO glad we did this and am very grateful to Trisha, Zach's co-worker, for helping us connect with these ladies.
After our afternoon filled with floral deliveries and showing Allie our new church, we headed down to Decatur for Nathan's show at Eddie's Attic.
After a great time at Eddie's, we headed home for the final installment of our Valentine's Day festivities- eating decadent treats and watching a movie at home.
In addition to making some simple chocolate-covered strawberries (and heck, why not some chocolate-covered oreos too?!)
Sunday's activities mostly revolved around church (and Chipotle haha).
Ya know if I'm honest... I have been really stressed about this transition because we want Allie to have real, lasting community here. As we checked Allie in and she walked off with one of the leaders... panic set in. Would she have a good time? Would she make friends? Was she going to like it as much as she liked 12Stone? I so badly wanted to control this situation. I wanted to already know 50 people in student ministry that I could instantly connect her with. I wanted to shape her experience to make sure it was 100% positive and the youth group of her dreams, but... it was out of my control. We have barely been at Perimeter a month and I didn't know a single person involved with students. Panic. Panic. Panic. Luckily, Allie had the complete opposite reaction I did. Gosh y'all... she is so confident, so bold, so mature, just... so beautiful. I swear her insides are coated in gold or something, she is just such a treasure! Her reaction to heading into this new, rather intimidating environment was simply, "Hey.. starting something new isn't always easy, but I gotta get over this hump. So let's do this." SMH... she's amazing. And she had the best time. And not only that, but we found her encouraging other girls SHE JUST MET to get over their fears (singing in front of people) and just go for it. I love how she loves people and so willingly shares her heart with others. She's the coolest middle school girl EVER.
On Monday I took off work so I could spend as much time with Al as possible. We decided to go get manicures at Polished and I introduced her to the wonderful magic of gel polish. It lasts forever!!!