My Aunt Lou was the winner. She would always win all of the games at any family baby shower. She NEVER crossed her legs (clothes pin game), never said the word “baby” (another clothes pin game), knew all of everything about every thing baby and always won the prizes! If Aunt Lou was sick or for some reason – usually church related – couldn’t make it to the baby shower you had a chance at winning a prize. Even if she won one prize she would play the next game and win again saying “yes, it’s fair I won both prizes”. Actually, she was a jewel and I loved her dearly. She was a loving Christian woman who loved the Lord with all her heart and soul. She was the remnant in the Stephens family. I know she prayed for me. That being said I have kind of taken up the mantle of Aunt Lou winning prizes at baby showers. Yep, Aunt Terrie is the new Aunt Lou but if I win a prize I don’t play the next game (or at least for a prize). I went to a baby shower today for a dear friend’s daughter. I won a prize! They gave you a piece of paper with the letters A through Z on it and you had 1 minute to write a word starting with that letter that had to do with a baby. I got them all including X and Q. Well, Q was easy – quilt and X – well every baby at some time or other has an X-ray. Z – easy – Zoo! The shower was so much fun. There is something to be said about having long time friends even if you don’t see them every day. I was the preschool teacher for this mother-to-be. I have known her mom since 1978 when we became friends working at my first preschool job. I have been Tina’s preschool aide, teacher colleague, boss, job finder and substitute. More than that we are friends. She has been through a lot in her life right now dealing with a serious illness. It is always so good to keep in touch. Keeping in touch takes time even if it is looking at Facebook to see what is happening in her life. As I left the shower I found a penny in her driveway. I looked down and there it was! She and her family just moved in to this beautiful house in the “Christmas light” district of El Cajon. They have been wanting a house like this for years and years and God has truly blessed them! It was good to find the penny. I have trusted and do trust God for my dear friend’s health, her welfare, her new grandchild on the way, her employment and her family. It was so great to see former teachers I tought with through the years. Great to connect and TRUST GOD for all of them. Warm and fuzzy feeling today. So sweet. So precious where God has lead all of us. I am blessed. Keep in touch with those “old friends”. Work at it. It is worth it.

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