Yesterday morning I woke up, fed the dog, made the boys’ lunches for school and added a couple of things to my ever-expanding to-do list for the day. We were hosting a Halloween party later that evening, and I had gathered some great ideas for food and decorations. I had even made a Halloween Pinterest board to collect them all. It was a crazy morning because it was raining, and getting the kids to school on rainy days is always complicated. I got them there semi-on time and headed across the street to Cafe Eclectic where Brad and I were meeting some friends for breakfast. After that I was off to the races to get everything just right for our evening. It was raining, but the forecast showed the rain moving out before 6:00 when the party would start – perfect!
I had been home about 30 minutes – just long enough to feed the baby and put her down for a nap – when my phone rang. I didn’t recognize the number and was trying to pack a lot of party prep into nap time so I thought about ignoring it. I decided to pick up, and when I answered I heard: “Miss Katie, can you come get me from school? The power’s out, and we’re dismissing. My momma can’t come get me.” It was her, and I knew I needed to go get her. God keeps bringing her back into my life, and I knew my Pinterest plans weren’t as important as being there for her. So I packed up the sleeping baby, and we headed out in the rain to an unfamiliar school in a different part of town. I met her teachers, got her checked out, and we went to her house so she could change and I could talk to her momma. She ended up spending the day at our house. We cooked chili and cleaned and talked and laughed. We even found some stuff to use for a Halloween costume so she could dress up.
While she was at the house, a friend stopped by who’s having marriage trouble. Her mom also had passed away exactly one year ago. She stood in the kitchen and talked and poured her heart out as I stirred chili and put away dishes. After school, a neighborhood friend needed a ride and some help with homework, so he came over for a little while and I tried to help him with division problems and swiffer at the same time. Another friend called as I was at the school for the second time that afternoon picking up one of my kids who had an after-school practice. She was in tears and heartbroken and having to make decisions about a parent that no daughter should have to make. I didn’t know what to tell her, so I silently quieted the six kids in my car and just listened and prayed and grieved with her.
In all of these unexpected interruptions of the day, my Pinterest Halloween party didn’t quite come together as expected. I didn’t get a chance to make the veggie skeleton or hang lights outside or even put the mustard eyes on the mummy crescent roll hotdogs. The cute little mummy jar candleholders didn’t get done, and I wasn’t even quite finished with my costume when people started arriving.
But, you know what? It didn’t matter. Not one single bit. It was a perfect day. It was messy, and it was perfect. Friendships are FAR more important than Pinterest parties. I loved having all kinds of friends in and out of our house last night, and I’m learning to let go of my plans sometimes to make room for life – real life. I’m learning that unexpected interruptions are a blessing and that real living is usually found in them.
Thanks to all of our friends who came out last night! We had a great time hanging out with y’all. Let’s do it again next year!