Saturday, October 18, 2008

When I'm a Big Girl...

Back in 2002, I saw Jan Silvious speak at a women's retreat in Dallas on her book, "Big Girls Don't Whine". At the time, I thought - this would be a great bible study. Two years later (2004), I still kept thinking about it, - I contacted all my "sisters" that I had meet through my Christian journey, and here we are 4 years later, starting our 5th book. It has been so amazing. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month and discuss the chapter of the book we're reading at the time. Each month a member of the group is the hostess. This is a very relaxed forum. If you didn't read the chapter, you are still welcome - it's about taking a day out of the month to regroup with your friends and discuss what's going on with your life. The books generate discussions that apply to all of our everyday lives as girls. Here is a list of the books we've read so far:

"Big Girls Don't Whine" by Jan Silvious
"God Chicks" by Holly Wagner
"Confident Woman" by Joyce Meyers
"What These Women Knew.." by Thelma Wells
Currently Reading :
"Captivating:Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul" by John and Stasi Eldredge
Our group as expanded over the years, thanks to Misty. Terry, Carla, and Misty were part of the very first group - since then Bobbette, Jessica, Kristine, Delane and Ruthie have joined us. It's awesome.
We met today at Terry's house in McKinney. She served a wonderful baked chicken salad croissant with a spinach salad. We had chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry cake for dessert. Terry travels on business every week. She arrived back in Dallas late Friday, and woke up early on Saturday to shop and cook for us. She rocks !
We discussed Chapter 1. One of the questions the author asks is "when did you realize that you are no longer a "girl", but a "woman"? I think the consensus was that none of us felt old enough to be called a "woman". When we think of a "woman" - she's either a business executive - or a stately matronly elderly person.. we're not that. We're still "girls"... hopefully, we're just "BIG" girls now... or trying to be. As we were discussing, I was thinking - this is so fun - I hope we are still getting together like this 20 years from now - discussing how we still think we just "girls" at 60, will we be "women" at 80?

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