So, our long awaited vacation arrived… for the past four years, a group of girlfriends from college and I have discussed having a yearly reunion to continue to foster our friendships. We knew it was important to get started before all of us got married and started having babies, or else we might never do this.
So, we all checked our schedules and had some trouble finding dates before finally settling on mid August. From the get-go, I was worried, because half of the trip conflicted with my inservice. I was going, I wasn’t going up until the very last minute. But, this past Thursday, I finally got it together, and Friday I was on my way for my forty hours of fun! 🙂
I could tell you all the things we did, the yummy food we ate, but, ultimately, none of that matters. What mattered this weekend was simply being together. From the moment I saw these girls, the time spent apart disintegrated. It was as if no time had passed and we just picked up right where we left off. Yes, our circumstances and lives had changed, but, at our cores, we were still the same old girls.
We still piled on the couch like puppy dogs, we still giggled at the same old memories. We still got too competitive when playing simple games, we still took stupid pictures of ourselves. And most importantly, we still have the same character that drew us together all these years ago.
- Pam still has the heart of worship and passion for Christ that she’s always had. Her heart inspires me and continues to drive me forward, as well.
- Amanda still has the heart for people- for community and making people feel loved and accepted and helping them see God. Amanda reminds me of how important it is to encourage each other- she’s always been a huge encouragement to me.
- Emily still has the heart of quiet servitude- of providing for the people she loves through cooking, helping, “doing the dirty work”. She shows God’s love through action, and her actions speak for her so loud that words aren’t neccessary.
Before I left, there were promises to continue this yearly. I can’t imagine not- this was one of the greatest gifts I gave myself this year- a chance to get away from it all, a chance to see people I rarely spend time with anymore, and a chance to remember just how sweet community can be.