Monday, August 27, 2012

Someone did tell me life was gonna be this way... (Cue the Friends Theme Song)

During the last month I’ve gotten to spend time with my man’s favorite men and their beautiful wives, my dear college friends, and my favorite people from Des Moines. I’ve watched friends get married, I’ve celebrated brides-to-be, I’ve brought boxes to friends bravely, faithfully starting a new adventure across the country, and I’ve giggled and grown spiritually with a friend I haven’t seen since December. I’ve hugged my hellos, cried too many goodbyes, and I’ve remembered once again some of the wisest counsel I’ve ever received: God brings the right people into your life at the right time, but seasons inevitably change.

I’ve seen this to be true in college and again as we transitioned into married life here. I thank God for the people with whom He surrounded us with then, and I pray that despite my many failures, I’ve been that person for others in the season they’ve needed me.

Sometimes in the busyness, I forget God made us to spur one another on in community. Sometimes in the midst of my own pain, I forget that true, deep friendship is worth being vulnerable. But sometimes, in the midst of the content silence of being known, I remember this:

“…there really is nothing like good friends, like the 
sounds of their laughter and the tones of their voices 
and the things they teach us in the quietest, smallest moments.”
Shauna Niequist in Bittersweet

Thanks, dear friends. 
No matter how many states may separate us, know you are loved.

Three strands are not easily broken. Six strands make it family.
My Fab Five...such sweet sisters!
Two of our favorites...NC doesn't know its awesome level just went through the roof!
A dear woman of faith came up to go to Women of Faith with me...
loved celebrating with her, too!