One of my sisters was hosting a Mary Kay party last night, and she had notified me over a week or so ago of this party. I thought about whether I could go or not, and then I decided it was just not workable for me. Friday nights are really the only evening I can spend with my brother ... the one who suffers with Parkinson's. I normally go by his house on Friday evenings, maybe go out to dinner or take him something, take his clean laundry and pick up his dirty laundry, and then just do whatever I can while there. I did not feel in my heart I could intentionally put this evening aside to go to a Mary Kay party. I just did not feel on the inside of me it would be the right thing to do, so I sent her an email the first of the week advising her I could not attend. As the week played out, I never gave it much more thought. Then, on Thursday night my brother advised me that his daughter and her husband would be working at his apartment all weekend painting, starting on Friday night. Though I was sad not to have this time with him, I was happy I could now go to my sister's house as I do not get to see her often. Plus, I knew other family members would also be there. I sent her a text advising I would be there.
During the work day on Friday, I called my husband to see if he minded me going. Normally he would go to my brother's with me on Friday nights so I was not sure what he would do. He said, "No, it really works out good because I will go with you and hang out with the husbands." I never thought anymore of it. Then my other sister told me to tell Donnie he could hang out with my brother-in-law while the party was happening. A good solution.
After I got home from work, we left immediately because I still had to swing by my brother's house and take his clean clothes to him. When we got there, he was asleep on the sofa. He said his daughter's husband got called into work so there would be no painting on this night. My husband then asked him if he wanted to hang out with them while I did the Mary Kay party. My brother said yes, and off we went.
We got to my sister's house. I went in as the Mary Kay party had already started. My brother and husband were hanging out in the family room as my brother-in-law had decided to come hang out with them at my sister's house. Again, I never thought much of it, and I really did not pay attention to it. We went on to have our Mary Kay party. It was great. The consultant was the best! It was my first time at a Mary Kay party where the consultant was male, but it definitely worked to his advantage and ours. He told me, "With your face and my body, we could go far!" He knew what to say to make an old lady feel good ... :)!
As the party was wrapping up, I was sitting at the table placing my order. All of a sudden I heard people singing, "Happy Birthday". For a second, I was clueless. I looked around to see whose birthday it was. As I looked to my left I could see my sister coming towards me with a cake. I was totally surprised and twice as shocked. They really pulled this one off!!! It was great. I got a Christmas ornament that says "Big Sister ... We love you, 2015"! I love it. I got bath stuff and another beautiful necklace. How could someone not feel loved with all the attention I have gotten over the course of the past two days? Between my family ... my job ... my Facebook friends ... my private emails, it could not have gotten any better. I love you all so much!!!!
Even in the midst of great joy, at times we must still suffer some tests. It is so here today. I cannot say more than that but I can ask for prayer for a loved one. Throughout this morning the enemy has tried to get me to walk in fear, but I refuse. We serve a great and mighty God who I know WITHOUT a doubt is in control and is working this to our favor. Walk in faith with me today, saying a prayer of healing and comfort for my loved one and for us all.
Have a great Saturday! I cannot wait to see what God has ahead for me ... smile:)! God bless you all!