An early morning alarm (5 am, to be exact), and pre-dawn trip to the airport, a tight squeeze at the terminal… and she is gone.
All I could think when I got home was how thankful I was that Jameson fell back asleep for an hour — and so did I.
But when I’d gotten up, showered, and Ryan left for work? Then all I could think is, I don’t want to be here alone. I want her back.
Now, though, the baby is napping, and I have washed the bathroom (when the whole house needs help, I always start there), cleaned the kitchen, worked on organizing our inbox system, and scrounged up a bit of a bouquet from my garden. Ah. I feel better. (If you’re like me, you know there’s not much that a few hours of hard productive work can’t fix!)
Lore’s visit made me remember, once again, how blessed I am by the two girls (who aren’t related by blood) I call best friends. There were plenty of years when all I wanted was a kindred spirit sort, but they’re hard to come by. On purpose, my mom would tell me. Keep your standards high. Keep watch over your heart, and that means keeping watch over who are your close friends. Invest in your family, invest in your relationship with the Lord. If He doesn’t give you a best friend, then embrace a season where He is your best friend. Better to be lonely than to be brought down by a compromising relationship.
I guess a girl with so many sisters should feel that she has best friends enough, and I did — and then I got two more.
Two girls whose hearts are tender to the Lord in a way that softens my own fallow ground. Girls who serve the Church with abandon, who gladly give up sleep, hobbies, money, and personal space if it means one more person feels the love of Jesus through them. Girls who are hungry, oh so hungry, for more of the Lord, whose lives clearly say, “Show me Your way!” The grace, mercy, love, and zeal for righteousness that they consistently display is for me iron that sharpens.
And oh, how deeply grateful I am. How many can point to not just one, but two people and say, “These are my friends. They’re like Jesus.”
And besides all that, it nice to know that I’ll have at least two people outside my family who will happily look at more pictures of Jameson.