Old friends

I am writing a lot this week because I do want to remember it, and I don’t really like writing in a journal because my hand always starts to hurt before I am done saying what I want to say. Yesterday was our last day at church which is weird, even though we have only been attending for a couple years we really enjoyed our time there. It was a great place for healing and moving on from everything that happened with our other church. We have also made a lot of really good friends.

This morning we were able to hang out with some friends, and it was just so easy and relaxing. Our kids have grown up with each other and play well together. I feel completely comfortable at their house which is easy because they are some of the most hospitable people that I have ever met. As we sat around the table, talked, and laughed I was once again overwhelmed with the joy of having good friends in our life.

Old friends (which sounds like a negative term but really it’s just  friends that we’ve had for awhile) are just easy. Time goes by and you pick up right where you left off. The good things about old friends is I don’t really have to worry about those relationships fading away because I know that when we come back to visit we will just pick up right where we left off. Today I am thanking the Lord for the joy of good, old, forever friends.

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Savoring the Moments

We are moving away in 16 days. We are leaving on a jet plane (start singing song now), don’t know when we’ll be back again. We are starting an entirely new chapter of our lives in 16 days. I am not a good writer, neither am I a poet. But, I am feeling so many emotions right now I want to get them down in writing. It will probably come out as rambling but here it goes.

This morning  I was sitting at a friend’s birthday party in a cute little tea house in Hillsboro. I sat there and observed my surroundings. I was struck by how much I love and enjoy my friends. It all of a sudden dawned on me that this is probably the last birthday party that I will attend with these friends in a long time. I will be gone and I will miss many birthdays, celebrations, events, and fun times with dear friends. I sat there and was overwhelmed by how much I want to enjoy and remember every moment of these last few days in Portland.

Later in the day we joined some friends at the beach. We hung out, talked, laughed, goofed around, ate, and enjoyed each other. It was wonderful. Towards the end of the night we took a walk on the promenade, watching the sunset, drinking hot coffee (because we were freezing), and I couldn’t help but think how I wish I could take this moment and bottle it up. More than I can express in words I want to remember these special times with friends forever.

My times with loved ones are coming to an end for who knows how long. I know our adventures ahead of us will produce new loved ones but for now we are saying good bye to the some really great friends.  When you know something is coming to an end it is so much easier to savor your time. I am realizing constantly how much I enjoy the people the Lord has placed in my life.  These next 16 days will be filled with goodbyes, tears, hugs, laughter, and many good times with some very special. I want to savor each moment, as corny as that sounds. I want to enjoy these people around me that the Lord has blessed me with. 

Right now everything feels so real. I have a heightened awareness of everything around me. There is a certain finality that hangs in the air, and I am filled with so many emotions as a try and soak up all the joy around me. I keep wanting time to slow down but it is speeding by. In such a short time we will say goodbye to family and friends and board an airplane bound for the Dominican Republic. I can’t quite get my mind around it all.

My prayer throughout these next 16 days is this: Lord, please help me to enjoy the gift of friendship in a special way over the next couple weeks. Help me not get wrapped up in the business of it all and all the things I need to get done. Help me to enjoy all the blessings around me as we prepare for this exciting adventure in front of us.