But you won't try my most favorite Mary Kay product on at any make up party.
Ten years ago, I'd been married for just about 20 months. While I loved being married and totally enjoyed the company of my new husband, I felt lonely and really needed some girlfriends.
I began to pray that God would bring a best friend into my life, not realizing that he'd been orchestrating a special friendship for years.
One day, Kathy, a friend from church, invited me to be her guest at her Mary Kay meeting. How could I resist? I'm a girly girl who loves playing with make up, and I was excited to hang out with Kathy. That night at the meeting, I got hooked. Mary Kay was for me! I loved the product, the company seemed great, and it seemed like a fun group of women who I needed at that time. It wasn't long after that that I signed my agreement and started my own Mary Kay business.
Just weeks into my new business venture, I met another brand new consultant. Her name was Michelle. We hit it off immediately, and I felt an instant bond with her. She was just darling; she had a beautiful smile, and such a sweet, gentle spirit. We happened to both work as secretaries at churches in the same town, so we scheduled to meet for lunch one day - "Noodles at Noon!"
It turns out that we had a bunch of friends in common. She had friends in college who I knew in high school, and vice versa. How had we not met before this? Also, we both spent separate summers in British Columbia for mission trips, and stayed with the same host family for those summers! We were chatting about it one day when I remembered that there was a picture over my bed that one of the children had drawn. After looking at my photo album from the trip, we saw it: there was a rainbow... and the name "Michelle." Not only had we stayed in the same house (a year apart), we had slept in the same bed! It was so fun to discover all of the ways God had crossed our paths.
That first lunch date at Noodles was followed by many, many more. I knew immediately that God had brought Mary Kay into my life so that I'd meet Michelle. I was so thankful to have a buddy at my Mary Kay meetings, and we even attended Seminar in Dallas together. Here we are posing with a cardboard cut-out of Mary Kay herself:
When baby fever set in big time, we prayed for each other until we could report seeing two little lines on those pregnancy tests, just a month apart. We giggled as our bellies grew and we started waddling into our Mary Kay meetings, only to sit there brainstorming names and counting kicks instead of learning new recruiting techniques.
Michelle moved to California just a couple of months before our first babies were born. She called me when she went into labor and I did the same. Finally at Christmas we got to meet each other's babies:
Years later, our kids are buddies and each time we're all together, we're just tickled at all that's happened during our friendship. Michelle's even been in town to visit me in the hospital twice!
Carson and Emma are exactly one month apart, Livi and Addie are almost exactly two months apart, and Spencer and Chloe are not quite three months apart. (And Brody just fits right in the mix.) Can it get any closer?
I've gushed about Michelle before, but anyone who knows her feels SO LUCKY to know her. She is so loyal and trustworthy, and silly and funny.
She has walked me through some of the saddest days of my life and laughed with me more times than I can count. She knows some really ugly and cruddy stuff about me and loves me anyway. She's even seen me without make up on and STILL wants to be my friend.
Michelle earns the number one spot for my favorite Mary Kay product.
I love you, friend! Thanks for making my life brighter, for pointing me towards Jesus and for loving me unconditionally. You are the BEST! I'm so thankful I prayed for you so many years ago and became a Mary Kay consultant. You're way better than any lipstick on that order form.