Yesterday, however, was a different kind of visit. We were saying goodbye. Sarah and her husband Dan are missionaries (you can read about their ministry adventures here). They've been on furlough for the last 17 months and next week they will be heading to Texas to spend a semester in language school. They will then travel back to the mission field for another 2 years. I'm going to miss them severely, awfully and terribly.
So about our visit. It was such a spectacular day
|This is what the sky looked like on our way there|
|There's something nostalgic about peanut butter sandwiches for a crowd|
|The boys jockeyed over who got to sit next to who|
Its so cheesy to say but everyone truly does need a friend. God knows this about me and, in his grace, has given me one. Sarah and I are "kindred spirits" (Anne Shirley throwback); it doesnt matter if we're separated by 10 miles or 1,000 miles.
There are two types of people in this world; Stayers and Leavers. Neither type is bad and both help weave the world together. The one opinion Stayers and Leavers share is that Goodbyes, no matter how many times we practice them, are just not natural.
We took this picture of our kids, all 7 of them, (#7 is due in late August and is disguised cleverly under Sarah's black shirt) so that we can chronicle their friendships through the years of absences and presences. I would love it if the kids could be just as knit together as their moms.