Wednesdays at Nine

Wednesdays at 9 pm is a time that Cody and I look forward to weekly.  We always ask each other if Wednesday at 9 is happening, and it always does.

A few months ago, I connected with a girl that I have known for years.  She and I went to Faulkner together, we ran with completely different crowds, and did not consider each other more than sweet acquaintances, BUT, a few months ago we met for coffee and connected in a way that we never have before.  So I invited her and her boyfriend to our apartment for dinner one night, and the rest was history.

Every Wednesday night at 9, Ben and Nalin (AKA Ben and Nals) come over for coffee after church, they always stay later than they planned, and we always love that.


Nals is so tiny, so evidently Laotian, regardless of her southern accent, and the sweetest human.  She is creative and smart, and remarkably one of the most consistent people I have ever known.


Ben looks, acts, and appears to be the classic white boy, although he will make very clear to you that he is African American, because he really is half Egyptian. Oh, and he also believes that he is really gangster, which is hysterical.


These two are quirky, kind, and the sweetest of friends.  Its like a Wednesday night support group when they come over.  It is our time to sit and talk about our dreams and fears, our week, our day, even the last hour. We even pray together.

Coffee is always a MUST HAVE.

There is usually a point in the evening where the men go do manly things and me and Nals sit and visit on the couch.  The boys spent a good bit of last night finishing up some recent coffee orders in our, what I like to call, Peek-a-Boo kitchen.


Occasionally Ben will peek his head through and yell random things at us, and nine times out of ten in attempt to sound cool/gangster.


When the men finished roasting, we all got to enjoy a freshly roasted, ground, and brewed cup of Bell Blend coffee, it was so delightful. We sat around our little circle table and laughed and laughed.

These two love what’s happening in the world of the Bell Family and they sure do encourage us in our adventures.

You know what we love the most about them? Their heart for Montgomery, Alabama, their  desire for community in our home town and their insane love for Jesus.


I mean come on Montgomerians, don’t you desire a place where you can sit and visit? Have a comfy place to enjoy each others company, especially with Bell Blend in your hand? 🙂

We do too. That’s the way the Bell’s and Ben and Nals connect.  We are a little support group of dreamers, dreaming away the evening and desiring a new excitement for our city to rise up, and trust me, it’s already happening.


It’s always interesting the way the Lord navigates timing for us. Nalin and I were barely friends just a few months ago and Cody hardly knew Ben.

The Lord knew that. He knew before time began that we would be where we are and that we would need souls like Ben and Nals to walk in consistency with us.

I loved waking up this morning and discovering the remains of a Wednesday at 9.  These two little cups sitting on the table was a reminder of the Lord and the way He has transitioned life for all of us, and He has done so with such intense grace.


God orchestrates all things good,

Even Wednesdays at 9.

*Be sure to order more coffee, and stay tuned for what’s happening next week 🙂 *

7 thoughts on “Wednesdays at Nine

  1. Love it Laura…it’s always a home run when you write. There’s something about the cold dishes and cups on the table after friends leave that make us realize that all the things we have in life are just cold objects without the people that bring the warmth of family and friends into our homes. Keep it up baby…this is good stuff!!

  2. Man Jean bean, another homerun! I love these pictures capturing exactly what you’re telling us about. It helps paint more of a clear picture into yours and Cody’s lives. Ben & Nals truley are SO wonderful!!! AND I love that little Nalin was sipping that amazing cup of splendor from the coffee cup I bought you in Africa! That made me smile to see it getting used.

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