Sunday, September 20, 2009

Kiss Me Again

This has not been an easy weekend for Mia. Molly has been gone much of the week, busy with Homecoming preparations. Friday Mia was able to see her big sister in the parade, and that gave her a bit of cache with her classmates, but then I left her with my mom so I could go to the game. Saturday was a rush to get Molly ready for the dance that night, and then Doogie came over for a few hours. Mia was thrilled to see her big brother for the first time in three weeks; she barely left his side. Then Tyler, Molly's date arrived, and we were all busy taking pictures, pinning on the boutonniere, etc. Mia wanted so much to be a part of things; she brought Molly some flowers she had picked, and kept insisting that I take pictures of her using her. Molly and Tyler left, and shortly after than Doogie headed out too.

Mia just sobbed, bereft of her siblings who are growing up so fast and leaving her behind. I know how she feels! I try to take as many pictures as I can and try to stay close without becoming an annoyance. I thank God for my baby girl, because without her, it would be even harder to get through these days when it seems like the only two words the older two seem to say is: Good-bye.

The highlight of Mia's weekend was a hula hoop she received at the parade. Her dance instructor was on a float for the Poms, and when she saw Mia, she jumped off, ran up, and gave her the hoop. You can see by the look on Mia's face in the picture she felt ten feet tall! She's been practicing all weekend.

Kiss Me Again
by Barbara Wilson is much more than just another Christian guide to improving married couples' sex life. I've read several of these books before, and while they are good, none get to the root of the problem. Wilson focuses on why many women have trouble enjoying sex within marriage, even if they did before marriage. Our culture's encouragement of premarital sex has robbed the act of its beauty and place in the marriage bed. Wilson uses science and Scripture to make her point. Women create bonds with every man they have sex with, and those bonds will continue to haunt her, even long after those relationships have ended. I was looking forward to reading this book, but I had no idea the impact it would have on me. It forced me to reconsider previous relationships and in doing so, allowed me to offer forgiveness to those I felt had hurt me. It brought me to tears several nights while reading, but I can feel the healing that God is doing inside of me, because of Wilson's writing. For any women who is struggling with this issue in her marriage, I can't recommend this book enough. It's one of the rare books that can truly change your life.

I'm giving away two copies of this book this week. If you'd like the chance to win, just send me an email before 10 pm on Tuesday, September 22nd. I'll announce the winner here on Wednesday. Good luck!