" Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold"
(Old Brownie Scout song)
This weekend was an extravaganza of emotions.
I traveled to Baby Girl's home with Pretend Daughter Emily and shared a gamut of emotions with her.
I arrived at the most lovely Baby Shower for my BG, given by and attended by the most wonderful of friends.
I got to spend playground time with The Most Cherished Vivien. I got to feel the wrap of her little arms around my neck as she greeted Her Mimi.
I got to stay in BG's new Married Housing apartment on Purdue's campus.
I got to surprise Old Friend at her 50th Birthday celebration.
I got to spend wonderful time with Old Friend and Her Precious Hubby, Kindred Spirits Friend and Her Extraordinary Hubby and most of their Amazing Children, all grown up and fabulous in all their varied ways.
I spent 12 hours in a car with Hubby and most of that time with BG and HH and had more fun than most should have in a car ride.
I experienced the joys and sadness of visiting our long ago home.
I had the heartache of saying good bye to all of them, knowing that our visits are few and far between.
I let my mind go to the past 27 years of our friendships and all that transpired in that time. The baby nurturing, the toddler hood dilemmas, the teen age tragedies and the marital ups and downs.
Sharing ones life with trustworthy people who love you more than their luggage is an amazing thing.
I feel honored to be a part of friendships like these.
I am humbled that they love me, let alone like the likes of me.
I am honored to be a part of their and their children's incredible lives.
I am in awe of how life works and how joys and heartaches keep us buoyed in God's grace.
I am thankful today.....