Tuesday, August 21, 2007
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY!!
Today is a great day to celebrate a great friend...one of my best friends in the whole wide world! In fact, I am confident that if we had known each other in elementary school, we would have shared one of those heart necklaces, where one friend gets the half that says "best" and the other gets the half that says "friend". We met in college and have had the privilege of many adventures together. Our first was a summer internship at a Children's Home in Chino, CA called Hillview Acres. It was here that I discovered Amy's deep rooted love and compassion for children in need, something that I both respect and dearly love in her. We discovered our shared love for Jesus, shopping, traveling, movies, laughing, the beach, and just being together!
Some of our many adventures together that summer included a weekend in Las Vegas...
and a trip to the Price is Right...
Then we headed back to John Brown for our senior year, and Amy and I were inseparable for a semester. We packed a lot of memories into those 4 months!!
Then, Amy graduated a semester early, and I remember feeling so broken-hearted when she left that December. She moved back to Iowa, and I missed her so much! She came back in the spring to go with us for our senior Spring Break Road Trip to California, and I remember that we got in trouble for giggling too much in the back seat of the suburban and irritating the other passengers.
We tried to move to Denver together that next year after I graduated, but God had other plans and we didn't find jobs there. I moved to California and she stayed in Iowa, but we stayed in close contact. She met her husband in Oklahoma City, and I met mine in Cali. We were in each other's weddings and talked all the time about how we could never seem to find new friends that we could connect with like each other. Friends that you can be completely yourself with, do nothing with or do everything with. Friends that know your history, dumb things you did and love you so much anyway. Friends that you call and you just pick up the conversation like you just finished talking 5 minutes ago even if it has been a month. Friends that you lived in community with and figured out life with back in your early twenties. The same friend that, as you were turning 30 together, you figured out that you had no idea what life was really all about back when you were twenty!
We have shared tears together over life's apparent unfairness only to see and experience God's abundant provision and blessings around the corner. We have seen each other through moves and marriages and job changes and times of loneliness and times of joy.
What a blessing it is to share the gift of your children with a dear friend! This has been one of the sweetest joys I have shared with Amy. To see someone I love so much holding my kids and knowing that she would love them like her own...
And finally, to know the emotion and joy of the journey she has traveled to meet her son, Silas Tesfamariam from Ethiopia, has been indescribable! I am so proud of the way that she has, once again, given up her life to help a child that was in need. She is truly living out the words of Jesus, "Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me." Mark 9:37
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERS! I love that we live only 3 hours apart and still share our lives together after 10 years of friendship. I look forward to the next 10 years and all the adventures those years will hold! I love you and am so thankful for who God created you to be!
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