You guys know that I have hermit tendencies.
If it weren’t for a few good people in my life, I would be tempted to hole up and become buried under the rubble of puzzle pieces and mismatched socks and stray Cheerio’s that is my house.
One of those good people is my friend, Chrissy.
Since moving to our town, she has made a faithful effort to plan a ladies’ night once a month where a group of us meet up to do something…anything…different than the stuff we do the other 29 days of the month (i.e. putting the puzzles back together, matching the socks and sweeping up those Cheerio’s).
One time we went out to eat and gab and cackle like hens.
One night we met at my Mom’s house to play board games (and eat and gab and cackle like hens).
Last night, we decided to go see a movie…
and eat and gab…
And OH, did we ever cackle like hens!
“Moms’ Night Out”.
Since I live in a black hole, I had heard only a few things about it. Someone shared the trailer on facebook, but I never got around to watching it. I heard rumors that it was shown at a ladies’ retreat at Falls Creek which really intrigued me. My mom heard someone talking about it on the radio…
but the only thing I really knew about the movie going in to it was that it was apparently clean and that it was resonating with women.
And what I was completely unaware of when I took my seat in the theatre, flanked by my friends, a small cup of Dr. Pepper to my right, a pile of buttery popcorn in my lap, is that I was about to be taken on a two hour journey cataloguing MY LIFE.
You guys, it was like watching my every day activities, my secret frustrations, my rarely-expressed fears and the chaos and hilarity of raising my little children play out on a giant screen in front of my face.
The main character was even a homeschooling mommy blogger! You can’t get much more relatable than that.
And sure, the story took twists and turns that my life probably (and hopefully) never will, but throughout the entire story was a thread of spot-on humor, a glorification of motherhood, and a wellspring of encouragement for the tired mommy heart.
I don’t want to give too much away, but by the time the movie was over, my life seemed so normal. So sweet. And most importantly…
And silly things that at one time tempted me to lose my cool were all of a sudden typical and funny, even…
the day Betsie left hot pink nail polish footprints in the living room…
the day that I sold my soul for a sandwich (read the AWFUL story behind this picture here)…
the list of things I “signed up for” (read the life-changing blog post here)…
all of it.
(God help me).
I came home renewed, refreshed, and eager to embrace this season of my life with a healthy and biblical and light-hearted perspective.
And as I sit here on my stairs with my laptop, a naked toddler next to me begging for nail polish, a baby asleep in the next room, and two always-hungry kids in the kitchen, I’m seeing it all with fresh eyes.
This mess is beautiful, and there is nowhere else I’d rather be.
And so it is official: “ladies’ night out” watching “Moms’ Night Out” was a night well spent.
Go watch it!
And be sure to eat, gab and cackle like a hen while you’re at it.