So why is it that having someone you love come and walk along side of you is so, so sweet?
I can't even begin to tell you how comforting it is to have a friend
go with me to drop my kids off at school,
spend the entire day baking a seven layer birthday cake with me,
see the parts of the city that make me sad,
see the parts of the city that make me happy,
grocery shop with me,
sometimes watch me be a really lousy mama (and every once in a while - a super awesome one),
meet the people here who have been kind, generous friends to me,
tell me all about what she has been learning about God and the church (and even more than that)
and ask me about what I have been learning about God and my new city (and so much more)

have you ever had this happen to you?  why is it so sweet?
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We had to send Gabrielle back home to her family (I guess they need her even more than I do) a few days ago,
but my thoughts are still spinning from the conversations we had,
and my heart is still warm from the love we shared;
and I am I thankful
that God has created us to be made richer and more complete when we are in relationship with others.


  1. I have been waiting for this post! And so thankful for the refreshing and edifying time you had together!

  2. (sigh) You made me cry.....again. So thankful for the time you and Gab got to spend together.

  3. okay, so this is why I haven't been able to come up with a post yet...can I just cut and paste your post? I have a half-started one, but I couldn't put into words what I wanted to say...and you did...I will try though...love you