While I was in Oklahoma, I had the opportunity to visit with four old friends. I feel so blessed that I have friendships that have blossomed through all different seasons of my life. I was thinking today about how thankful I am that I got to do some catching up with them, and how they are all representative of such different times in my life.
The stories of Beth, Nadia, Margo, and Kelly:
preschool: I've known Beth since we were teeny tiny. Our parents were friends when we were small. We remained friends all through elementary school, Jr. High, and High School. We were roommates our freshman year in college and that year holds some of the best memories of my life. We had a great time. I managed to forgive her when she got married after our freshmen year and broke up the party. When Jonathan and I got married and moved into our first apartment, Beth and Robby lived right across the street. It was a fun time. They are now the parents of two gorgeous little girls who are likely future supermodels.
jr. high: Nadia I met at my church while in ninth grade, at the time in my life I started following Jesus. She went to the "rival" Jr. High in my town. She has the sweetest attitude and most humble spirit of anyone you could wish to meet. She is a beautiful worshiper. She and her husband Adam started dating in High School just like Jonathan and I did. We were friends through High School where we were both in drama, and we've reconnected the past few years via the magic of the internet. They have an adorable, sweet little boy.
high school: I met Margo in High School, when we were both competing in a little pageant called "Miss Striper City", that was open to the residents of towns surrounding Keystone Lake. (Were you as desperate for scholarship money as I was, Margo?) She lived in Mannford, a neighboring town, and she quickly connected with our youth group and became a friend. We have also been able to reconnect recently through cyberspace. She is now an awesome wife and mother to four adorable little boys.
college: Kelly I met in college. She was the girlfriend (and now wife) of Jonathan's best friend Joey. (Whom I will always call Joey, even though I think he may now prefer to be called "Joseph". My brain just can't make the change.) Thankfully, Kelly and I hit it off wonderfully and we've had a great relationship with them going on 10 years. Kelly has known the Lord since she was small, and she was a great example to me in college of how to faithfully study the Word, be a person of prayer, and be a leader. Our families have taken vacations together from the time we were all penniless students and had to share an 8 by 8 foot hotel room. Good times. Kelly and Joey have a little boy and little girl who are both beautiful.
I'm thankful the Lord has brought all of these people into my life. He brought me friendships in preschool that remain to this day, and He continued to do so into my adult years.
Full Disclosure: This post was a pep talk to myself about the friends I know the Lord will bring me here in Lubbock. That said, we're off to a play date at a new friends house!
I am very grateful for our friendship also! The internet is a blessing to this mom, that's for sure!
Starr- you are so sweet. I really enjoyed our visit also...and I am totally looking forward to our next vacation. Jonah couldn't stop talking about "brian" and Dylan after you all left. I think you have had so many good friends over the years because you are such a good friend to have!