Wednesday, May 5, 2010

An Unexpected Gift

One of the things that I was worried about the most when we were talking about moving out to CO was finding new friends. Truthfully, it's not that hard for me to meet people. I like having people over for dinner and it's easy for me to send out a mass text to every mom I know inviting them to a morning at the park. But the thing is, in CA, I didn't just know random people. Instead I had this handful of amazing women whom I loved living every aspect of my life with. Some might call this type of friend a "kindred spirit," or something of the like. And that depth of friendship, or lack there of, was what I was worried about. But in typical, really quite wonderful,God-fashion... the Lord has already placed some amazing women in my path in our new hometown.

These women have only known me for a total of five weeks and this past Sunday, they threw me a baby shower for our fourth little treasure. But it wasn't just any old shower. There was yummy food, of course, but these women poured out so many special blessings on me...

My precious friend Tara (who we moved out here with) gave a treasured devotional about different ways that we can encourage one another as moms. All the women gathered around me and prayed very specific requests that I had about this labor, this baby, this pregnancy. We talked and laughed about the funny things of motherhood. The served me drinks and food.... I don't think that I got up from the couch for more than a total of 5 minutes the entire shower. They lavished me with gifts galore... I think I have enough diapers for the first 6 months! And Although I was so blessed by the many tangible gifts that I opened... the best, and most unexpected gift, was that of sweet, genuine friendship!

Their thoughtfulness and heartfelt generosity for someone that they have just met was such a testimony to me of how awesome it is to be a part of the body of Christ. It seems that when people have Jesus in their heart, it doesn't really matter whether they have know each other for years or only a few short weeks. There is something that enables them to let down their guard and be real with one another. Not that christian women are always perfect, nor does christian friendship never involve hurt or disappointment. But there is something about a knowing Christ that can bring people close together in a short amount of time.

I have been so grateful for each of these women since I've moved out here. Each and everyone of them has gone above and beyond to make me feel included and loved! And for that I am super stoked and super blessed!!!

The shower was for both Sarah and I. Sarah had her second little treasure about 10 weeks ago. Her daughter's name is Reese. And her son, Campbell, and Siah have quickly become good friends.

As Tara and I drove home from the party I couldn't help but feel overwhelming loved... by these women for sure... but also by my sweet Savior who has given me so much more than I could have ever thought up to ask for. :)

Can you tell that I had sweet joy in my heart??? :)