Last night I got to go out with some of the girls from my Bible Study in high school. We get together a couple of times a year now that we've all moved various places & have gotten busy with families & jobs, etc. It's a wonderful group of women who I feel blessed to call my friends. We started the group when I was a sophomore in high school. Sara, our leader, is the woman in the picture above with the purple scarf. That's just a few of us at my baby shower last year. There were a lot more of us through the years. It's now been more than a decade since we started. These girls saw me through some of the hardest experiences of my life, but have also been there through the best ones. We've now had several marriages, a birth (yay Isis!), a current engagement (congrats to Angie above in the white shirt & scarf), a current pregnancy (congrats to Emily in the black dress) & we have even had to struggle through the death of one of our members a couple of years ago (we still miss Lesley). This group of girls-turned-women has defined a lot of my adolescence & have been such great confidants & encouraging friends. We have also had the courage to challenge each other to be better & to push forward when life gets tough. I hope & pray that one day Isis will have a similar group of friends & I was so happy yesterday when all my Bible Study friends got to meet her!
Sara brought me a book yesterday, too! She is the mother of 3 beautiful children & I have gone to her several times in the last few months for advice as a mom. She is such a source of encouragement & godly counsel. She is also an example to me of how to really pray for your children & to teach them how to be true & genuine in this life. So when she brought me the book How to Have Your Second Child First, I knew it was something I had to read! I've just started it, but already I think it's really interesting! It has 100 things that a second parent knows, but that the first-time parent would benefit from. So far, I recommend it, but I'll let you know my final verdict when I'm finished!!
Did you have a group of friends who made the difference for you in life?
Have you read How to Have Your Second Child First?
What other books have you read that you would recommend to a first-time (or second or third-time) parent?