Friendship is a gift.
Friends who know you for exactly who you are and love you still are rare treasures.
Part of having deep friendships is being a really, really good friend.
Teaching Lydia about true friendship is honestly one of the greatest desires of my heart as a mom.
I want her to offer grace to her friends. Life is hard. The world can be harsh.
We all need people in our lives who will give us a break.
Grace isn’t about second chances…it’s about endless chances. I love this.
I want her to be willing to walk hard roads with her friends.
Having someone walk through something hard with you changes you.
I want her to be someone who isn’t afraid to have scary conversations. Relationships are hard.
Our humanness always shows up. We disappoint and we’re disappointed. We fail and we are failed.
I want her to have friendships without fear that the bottom might fall out.
The world isn’t the only thing that’s hard on us. We’re hard on ourselves.
We get so hyper-focused on all the things we think we should be doing better.
We lose perspective and we stop dreaming for ourselves because we feel so worthless.
I want Lydia to be the kind of friend who dreams for her friends when they feel like they can’t dream.
I want her to call out the best parts of them and remind them that they matter.
We all have a story. So many of us spend near lifetimes thinking our stories are just about us.
But they aren’t. Every time we tell our story, we’re sharing God’s story.
I want Lydia to understand her story and that it matters…that every single part of it promises to point her to Christ and her need for him. I want her to know that her story depicts that God is good and ever-present…that he redeems and rescues. I want her to value her story and see that it tells of God’s grand story.
I want her to love her friends in the hardest parts of their stories. I want her to remind them that God is in the broken places, too. He doesn’t exist just in the bright and shiny parts.
I want Lydia to be vulnerable and transparent.
I don’t want her to have walls of protection that she lives in so she’s never hurt.
CS Lewis said, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything at all and your heart will be wrung possibly broken…”
When we’re vulnerable and transparent, it allows others to be the same.
I want her to learn now to celebrate others.
…their successes, their dreams, their beauty, their leadership, their capacity, their favor in the world, their gifts and talents, their provision, their other friendships.
I want her to experience one of God’s greatest gifts…true, authentic, life-changing friendships.
851. a daughter to celebrate.
852. parties where roses and gold confetti exist.
853. happiness that is a rainbow layer cake.
854. a husband who cleans during the party, so when it’s all over, we can just savor the memories.
855. miniature roses from trader joes called “Lovely Lydias.” I can’t make this stuff up.
Every single idea for this party came from Pinterest.
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