|These girls have known Lydie since her birth!|
We ended our year the same way we have ended so many years in the past, at the Harpers in Atlanta. It is exciting and yet predictable. We love this family so much. So being with them every year when we welcome a fresh year feels perfect. The children are getting older and so are we. Did I even have a conversation during the party with my children? Not really, I don't think. They are all occupied and growing so independent. It leaves a night to fellowship with friends, which is pretty special.
This past year was extremely challenging for some of my friends. It broke my heart to hear about some of the trials they have faced, which I knew nothing about. We have known them since our boys were babies. We have been in very intimate Bible studies with them. These are some of our forever friends. And I want to see their children and marriages and lives thrive so desperately.
So thankful to catch up and know how to pray. I need to remember to call and check in more often. This year we will all have joys and triumphs and also trials. There may be deep sorrow involved and specialists and pain. So glad that we know a Savior who transcends all the brokenness and pain that could possibly be brought to us. So glad that He loves and walks with us in our joy and pain. He is our constant and I hope my friendship will be a reminder to these beautiful people of His love. Here's to 2016! I hope the last day of the year will find me in this same kitchen with these friends again. It will fly by in a flash!