I am not a clothes shopper. Â I wouldn’t know how to properly apply make-up even with a how-to manual. Â And my hair and I have never seen eye to eye!! Â BUT that is why God gives us good girlfriends. Â Ones who patiently work you through the comfort zones where you have chosen to barricade yourself. Â They let you be honest. Â Not once do they judge. Â Suddenly all those visualÂ inadequacies that cause you GREAT self consciousnessÂ fade away. Â I love the women God has placed in my life. Â That group of comrades with whom you can Â laugh til you snort, be truthful when they ask, “How are you?”, and ugly cry ( women you understand the red blotchy face and the nose that runneth over.) Â I am finding more and more that once I embrace just being REAL; no longer hiding under that “all things are perfect” facade, I become more confident and more real to myself. Â It is always bad when you find you lie to yourself as much as others. Â AND even moreÂ preposterous is lying to God, as though He isn’t, well, God,Â omniscient, omnipresent. Â Come on, who am I fooling.
So in being real, I found I wanted to find a little of the “girly” in me. Â That and the perk to surprise my husband! Â Wanting to change up my hair mostly, I put myself in the competent hands of my girlfriend at church. Â DAWN, you know how I love ya!! Â She wasÂ on boardÂ 110% and took things a step further to suggest we do it without Lance’s knowledge. Â She offered to do my make-up, and then she grabbed an outfit from her closet for me to wear. Â I mean seriously beyond the call of duty. Â So the plan was in the works and last night I shocked the pants off my husband when I showed up for our early Valentine’s dinner……well, he admitted to having to take a second look because he did not recognizeÂ me. Â 🙂
A few before and afters
And just a few from our night