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Joyce Carr Stedelbauer – Girls Night Out

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Joyce Carr Stedelbauer

Last weekend six girls “with grandmother faces”, as one author so accurately described us, met in the leader’s spacious home for a 24 hour rest, renewal, and review of where we are in our life journey.  We had not all met before but each one had been invited by one of the participants.
We believe in sharing our friends.  Each one had very different experiences, some tragic, devastating, humiliating, in all different degrees, plus wonderful, fulfilling, happy and satisfying years.  The perspective of over 50 is much different and should be wiser than our first decades.

We were invited for 4 o’clock on Friday.  A fire was glowing in the fireplace of the cozy corner room with big windows framing the marsh, forest and creek.  We began with peach Bellenies.  Our hostess was skilled at asking good questions and quickly we could profile where we had similarities and differences.  4 knew the stinging defeat of divorce, 1 had to live with the loneliness of widowhood, 2 had dealt with cancer, 1 the unforgettable lifelong sickness and death of a child, 2 had close experience with addictions.  All of us were active caregivers.  5 of us were living now within happy, successful marriages.  Each woman has made significant contributions in many fields of endeavor.  All are busily involved in the community as well beyond their “retirement”

Blessings over delicious soup and salad served by our hostess at her fascinating candlelit dining room table lead us into more lively conversation.  Scattered art objects and treasures stimulated
informative conversation.  Later in the gathering room our mentor, widely experienced in women’s retreats of all sizes generated a serious reflection in each one of us.  And we were given
an assignment to take to bed with us in preparation for tomorrows sessions.  Each lady had her own bedroom beautifully decorated with more treasures from the leader’s travels and books to keep us awake all night.  But we slept like Queens.

Saturday until 4 in the afternoon continued in the same lively vein.  And each one had the opportunity to share something of our currant projects.  Three of these friends have agreed to endorse my forthcoming book to be published by HIGH TIDE PUBLICATIONS.

THE ANGELS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, as told from the Angel’s prospective with unique, charming illustrations drawn by the Publisher JEANNE JOHANSEN is sure to delight every child.  These colorful books are designed for elementary children complete with interactive questions like the AWESOME ALPHABET ANIMALS PARTY will be available in time for your Christmas gift list.

JOYCE CARR STEDELBAUER also has four books of meditations on Biblical people that make excellent Christmas gifts.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE STAR?

HAVE YOU MET EVE?

WHERE ARE YOU ADAM?

WHO ROLLED THE STONE?

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