The other day Lachie looked at my gold bracelet and asked me about it. I told him that I was given it for my 21st birthday from my mum and dad -not that he really understood what I was talking about! But it got me thinking about that day – my mum came into my room to wake me up, and then my two friends, Sarah and Lucy, followed her in for a birthday surprise! I reflected to myself, and also to Lachie (who looked up at me adoringly, but really just nodded!), that my birthday was almost 10 years ago this year – a long time really! I started thinking about how amazing it was that those two friendships still remain, and can confidently say, are closer today than that day then.
I think it a real testament to our friendship, that we have survived uni, work, marriage, distance (and still survive this!), children and maintain real and treasured relationships. I know these two women are there for me every step of the way, I know I would do anything for them and I love that our friendships continue to strengthen as the years pass. I truly believe that the foundation of all great things, our Lord Jesus, is the link to these friendships, that He is the key that has built our friendships and formed them to be unique and lasting.
I love knowing that for years to come, whatever may happen, these two women will be there. Sarah, it is hard having you there. It is hard not being able to pick up the phone and talk to you on my way home, not to just pop to the shops with you, and not to have you here knowing my children. And yet, technology is a wonderful thing, as I feel closer to you today than ever before. Lachie calls you ‘Sarah computer’, and I love that! I pray that one day you can come back to us, and our families can ‘be’ and grow together!
Lucy, I love building our families together. I enjoy knowing that you have been through what I am going through, and that our lives are in a similar place. Even in the business, I love having our coffees, and though constantly instructing our children how to interact together (!), we can share our experiences with each other. I pray too that Millie, Lachie, Josiah and Hamish (and whoever else is to come!) will be life long friends!
As I think about this I realise again how blessed I am to know these two, to have them in my life, and to know that whatever happens in this world and the next, they will be with me.
Thank you Jesus.