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by: Diana Black

My co-worker recently shared a story from her childhood. One year, her father bought her mother a mixer and a set of knives for Mother's Day. Of course, he swore the children to secrecy so that Mom could be surprised. The youngest brother was very obedient and determined not to the spill the beans; so, instead of telling his mother what they got her, he tricked her by saying, "We didn't buy you anything that cuts or mixes!" Now that those children are grown, and their kids are grown, the family still tells this story and laughs at how cute and deceptive it was.

Like many other families, my family has stories from childhoods of long ago that have been told over and over through the years. Here's one of my family's favorites: A long, long time ago, (yes, even before I was born!), my grandma had just made two lemon meringue pies and had them cooling on the kitchen table. She went outside for a few minutes, and what a mess she found upon her return! Her young son, my Uncle Dean, had put the pies on the floor, put one foot in one pie and the other foot in the other pie and walked across the kitchen floor with them! Grandma was not happy!

One that still makes me LOL happened when most of us cousins and aunts and uncles were at Grandma and Grandpa's house. My little cousin, Stevie, did something-now-long-forgotten. When confronted about it, he said, "Jimmy did it!" I looked at him and started laughing. Then, everyone else started laughing. Jimmy wasn't even there that day! We still say "Jimmy did it!" when we don't know who did.

Walt and I frequently - probably too frequently for Chelsea - laugh and reminisce about things she said when she was little. My husband sometimes calls me "wiffy." Once when Chelsea was about two years old, she swatted me on the behind and said, "I love you, Big Wiffy!" I often say, "I love you with all my heart." It was so cute when my little two-year-old said to me, "I love you with all your heart!"

Grandmas are good at making memories. I have a special memory of my grandma. When I was three, she and I were walking downtown, and I said, "Grandma, let's skip." So, we did! It was so much fun, and I loved my grandma in that moment even more than usual. It's been a very long time since I was three years old. [Insert age joke here], and I still remember it very clearly.

Memories can be wonderful things. As Girls Ministries leaders, we can make memories with our girls by sharing the love of Jesus and having fun, too! Many of our girls have very few good memories. They come from broken and dysfunctional families. As I mentioned in a previous article, after a Stars meeting, one of my little sweeties who lives in an unhappy home said, "Miss Diana, this has been the best night of my life!" I know we made a memory that night. I hope she has many more great memories of her church and her Stars Club.

Bio: Diana Black is married to Pastor Walt and is mom to Chelsea, a junior at Vanguard University. She loves kids and coordinating Girls Ministries at New Beginnings, in Hanford, California.

Authors: Diana Black