Have I mentioned how many women I am blessed to have in my life?
So, so many.
I have so many fond memories of so many strong women from my childhood.
Before women’s lib and empowerment were buzz words, I had a literal army of women in my life who lived it.
They commanded respect not because of fear or an arrogant attitude, but because they exuded a quiet confidence that said, “You’re gonna wanna listen to me, #1: I’m right and #2: I’m awesome.”
One of those firecracker ladies is the one and only, Mary Lou Taylor!
Ain’t she the cutest!?
This picture was taken in January 2015, and is one of my favorites because it just shows her beauty inside and out.
Mary Lou is another one of my many “mothers” by default because of her looooong friendship with my mom.
They pounded the floors of the old OB Clinic of Kings Daughters in the 80’s and even as a young girl I had a sweet friendship with her.
As I’ve grown older I have grown even more fond of her adventurous spirit, witty sense of humor, love for Jesus and loyalty to her friends.
If there’s ANY one you can count on it’s MLT.
Even if you are in labor for 3 days and you need her at 4:30 am.
Or if you go into labor and need her at 1:00 am.
Or if you schedule your c-section around her trip to Ireland…
And you storm Heaven for her shingles to clear up so she can be there yet again…
Hey…she’s good, okay?
And she’s literally the ONLY woman I’ll let flirt with Jason…
She’s an amazing nurse and sometimes, nurses can make the WORST patients.
The past few years have been tough for Mary Lou because of an unfortunate bump in the road called cancer.
With God and an army of friends by her side, she has fought with so much grace.
While my dad was going through chemo treatments for his laryngeal cancer two Aprils ago, mom sent me a picture of him asleep in his chair.
A couple minutes later she sent another one of his seat buddy…Mary Lou.
What a pair.
Mary Lou I know life has been difficult for you, but God has never left your side.
He’s fighting your battles on your behalf.
You need only be still.
Through all the hard times you have shined even brighter regardless of how you felt.
The people around you always felt your love for them.
You are Christ’s hands and feet and He sees how much you mean to people and how well you love.
He sees you and when He does, He smiles because He is crazy about you.
And so am I.
I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.