Last night was such a good night for my soul. After everyone traveling all over the world (Mexico, Paris, UAE, & Nashville) our band family was together again around our dinner table enjoying a meal that we all created together! I absolutely love nights like that. We have been doing life with some of these people for almost a decade.
I've seen two of those boys single.
Find their love.
Marry their love.
I've seen a baby come home.
I've seen a newly married couple flourish in love.
I've seen a couple make big decisions about life.
They have seen my baby born. Deacon adopted. Amos & Story yearned for and finally home. They have seen me at my best and many times at my worst.
I love these people.
At one point during dinner Deacon walked over to me and our conversation went like this:
Deacon: Why do we have friends?
Me: What do you mean?
D: I mean why do we have friends?
M: So that we have people do to life with. People to eat dinner with. People to go places with. People to love. People to have fun with.
D: I'm glad we have great friends.
Then he was off and back to the kids table.
This morning at breakfast Amos prayed and thanked God for almost every single person that was at that table last night. I smiled and thanked God for them as well and was so thankful that our community of friends is impacting my kids lives.
I hope that you have a community of friends that you do life with. I can't imagine my life without these people. They are truly the constant in our family. They love my kids as if they are their own. They take care of my kids when I need help. They laugh with us and cry with us.
This morning I'm thankful!
Oh how I am thankful for my community as well. I prayed many of nights for this and the has blessed me abundantly! He is faithful!
Dear God, let me never take for granted what you have created in our lives. Jamie you are right-we love each other like family and have seen the best and worst. I never thought I would pray and cry for kids to come home for 2 years!!! I still remember making banana bread and bringing it to the M’boro house thinking we will just pray over them and get Amos home a little quicker….:). My heart is full.
I am thankful my daughter has such wonderful friends and family when family is not close. I pray for that for all my children and am very thankful that I see this with Laura and Jimmie. My parents have friends that were made when we were living in Germany and 40+ years later they still do trips and reunions (when their health for all allows)together and they can pray for each other and have. These are the relationships God expects us to nuture, that he has blessed us with. Thank you and Aaron and Bush and Maris and all the many others:) Love Alice
my friends have taken on a whole new meaning now that im a mother…. friendship is one of my top “thankful fors” this year!