Friday night around 4pm I received a call from my sister, Jackie. “Hey, what are you doing tonight?” she asked.

“Mark and I are hosting our small group,” I answered.

“Well since Dad’s out of town visiting his sister and mom’s home alone, she’s coming to my place to spend the night. Juli’s (my other sister) boys had their ballgames cancelled tonight so Juli is coming for the night, too. We thought we’d see if you want to come,” she finished.

Now Jackie lives in Lafayette, IN which is a two hour drive for me. My jet-lagged body couldn’t imagine getting in a car and driving two hours. My plan-ahead-mind struggled with not being at small group to carry out my responsibility and see my sweet friends. But my “you’re never promised tomorrow” reality of God’s truth spoke louder. With the blessing of my hubby and an energy drink to keep me awake, I jumped in the car and made the two hour trip.

I’m so glad I did.

We stayed up until nearly 2am talking, watching movies, and painting our nails. My mom kept saying this was the best Mother’s Day gift we could ever give her.

I can’t remember a time when my mom and sisters and I have ever had a slumber party. Jackie lived in Oklahoma for years and the distance prevented us from being able to spend much time together. Juli has four boys and with my five kids, life is pretty hectic.

But sometimes you have to throw it all to the wind and take advantage of a moment being given to you.

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