Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Goodness of Old Friends

Today I am thankful for...

...a friend who let us live with him in our poor grad school years and whose home and generosity we still return to on visits...

...three wonderfully fun and godly couples with whom we have shared so many meals and laughs...

....God's faithfulness as those couples have prayed and cried and rejoiced our way through incredible loss and beautiful blessing...

...the community of Christ, which survives moves across the Atlantic, and even across the Mason Dixon, and hopefully one day across the Pacific...

...committed, kind, missional professors who are still happy to see me after all these years and who don't think I am wasting my potential by teaching my own children instead of college students...

...holding yet another little boy born to one of the best mamas I know, a boy who is even more of a gift than most babies because of the path his mother has walked...

...his mother and two other beautiful, strong, intelligent women whom I am blessed to call friends...

...women who can reunite after years apart and feel like no time has passed, who love me despite my propensity to talk too much and listen too little, who graciously open up their lives and homes to us whenever we return to see them...

...and most of all, for these same women, who don't judge me or try to make everything okay, who know just the right way to respond, when I surprise myself by being a little bit disappointed that it's another boy.

2 comments:

Nora Bee said...

Congratulations! A lovely post. I can understand the ambivalence about a boy, but when you meet him you won't even be able to remember that feeling. Yippee!!

Farrah said...

You are truly precious to me. I am so grateful for your gracious friendship and that you have known me through it all. And that you love ALL my boys... I treasure you. It was so fun to hang out. I wish you were still here.
Your third boy will be just as precious, if not more. And don't forget our pact to get our girls together.
Love you so much!!