Shoot like a Girl | Expectant (#31days)

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Day 23: Austin, Texas.

We decorated the guest bedroom and fluffed the pillows on the sofa. And then we pondered what it a good after-school snack might be. I remembered my days of running into the house and straight to the kitchen. My mom would be waiting with a peanut butter lollipop – it was just a soup spoon with a big dollop of peanut butter, but it was like gold. I may have had the most horrible day, but in that place I felt safe.

We didn’t know who was coming to the kitchen on that day we took the photos, but we knew one thing. We knew they would feel safe there. It might take time and a lot of tears and talks, but eventually the child who would become my best friends’ family would feel their loving embrace. We knew not to expect things to happen just so – but we knew it was good to be expectant of what God could do with His care and His grace.

The photo was taken on March 10, 2013, as part of the book that would say “this is your home – and we are your family.” She came to live with them that summer. And earlier this year, we cheered in a courtroom as the judge changed her last name to theirs. There have been so many talks and lots of tears, and time is bearing out the fragile beauty of expectancy.

She’s come to the kitchen. And she’s learning that she can feel safe there too.

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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3 thoughts on “Shoot like a Girl | Expectant (#31days)”

  1. I LOVE this! I think I just connected why feeding my lil guys snacks after school is SO important to me…its because my grandma did this with me! It was the ONLY place I felt safe…and the snack pictured above with the crackers, peanut butter and milk…that was mine! Oh wow…I love what I found on here today! Thank you friend!

  2. So many people never experience what you wrote about. Feeling safe with family )and/or friends) is such a gift. , , , Thanks for sharing a poignant snippet of your life. . . . Peanut butter lollipops rock. I never heard them called that but I will use that name now.

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