You send your child off to school as a 5 or 6 year old, and you hope and pray that they find and make friends that will encourage, support, and challenge them.
At least, that's what my mom did for me. Because the friends I made in my first ten years are still my friends. And even though it's tricky to work around all our schedules sometimes, we do the best we can to spend time together. This year, our country turns 240. Which means us bicentennial babies are turning forty. (eek...that hurt.) So, we're making sure we celebrate each other as close to birthdays as we can (including those two 1975 models ;-). We also wanted to do something special so we took a little trip and went away for a weekend.
Many laughs, a few tears, and lots of love with these folks.
They been around through the low and high times and I'm so thankful for each one of them and the gifts they share with me.
Makes me think of the lyrics to the Mark Schultz song...
"They stuck together through the years,
The best of friends faith could foster
So when they found out one of them
Had heard the news
He'd lost his father,
They ran to him
And prayed and put their hands upon his head,
And slowly one by one
They'd all become
A cloud of witnesses
As they sent above a prayer
They took a hold of hands and
circled 'round a friend
A cloud of witnesses with a faith just like a rock,
They helped him give his father back to God
As a cloud of witnesses"
I can't encourage enough to make sure you're recording those moments with friends if you're not. They are your cloud of witnesses. <3