Yesterday, I saw this lady:
"What's been your greatest accomplishment?"
"Keeping in touch with distant friends and relatives."
"Why is that important?"
"It's important to always have people who remember you at various stages of your life. It's especially important as you get older, because there are less of those people around. And they remind you who you are."
And that was it. I was homesick. I was homesick for those people that remind me who I am. The ones who send me pictures of their babies or their new shoes or the latest family drama. The ones who dig in deep and ask the hard questions and honor you with your words and create space to challenge and love you well.
So, that beautiful old face reminded me of these beautiful faces, faces that I know so well, faces that mean so much to me because they have witnessed so much of my life and I have witnessed so much of theirs.
|And Katie--the girl who makes me laugh so hard, encourages me by walking right by my side through the challenges, awesome with kids, loves purely and wholly.|
|And these two, Bristol and Cameron, generous and giving, loving fully in such amazing ways, fun and full of laughter and adventure...these two capture my heart.|
|And Lauren, I think she makes me laugh harder than anyone I have ever met. She also challenges me. I love her heart. I love singing silly songs with her about spiders for hours. I love just BEING with her.|
|Sarah is all things sweet and beautiful. She is an encourager. She is selfless and lovely and giving and I love our friendship. She is just all kinds of awesomeness.|
|And this girl, my Blabey, who missed our retreat where the above pic was taken, but this girl is full of light and life and love and loyalty.|
|And of course my family, who supports and encourages me and keeps me grounded. |
I am not me without them. And without the many more that support and love and encourage me. Today, I miss you. You are such a part of my heart and I'm praying for you today.
All my love.