I think as we all grow up and become adults we come to realize that good friends really are hard to find. We all have those friends that have been there forever and for some of us none of those friends are close by. We are all spread out in my case. I love them just as much now as then and we can pick up where we left off no matter how much time has passed. BUT we have almost all had kids, married, and moved away. So for all of us there becomes a time where you start that search for new friends. Not to replace the old ones of course, but new friends to build new memories with.
When I stop and think about what it takes to be friends with us, I realize we may seem a little out there. I mean who wants to be friends with people who have to be home every morning and every evening to milk cows? Who wants to be friends with people who know nothing outside of working full time and farming? So maybe we are just weird, but I will take it!
Looking back at the close friends we have acquired since we got married and moved to Elkland, it is funny that we really were never just introduced. God knew exactly who we needed in our lives and exactly when we needed them. We became friends instantly and family over time. Over a short period of time their kids have become more like nieces and nephews and we are more like their aunt and uncle than anything else. Cole loves them all and can't wait to play with them anytime!!
God has blessed us with friends who stop at the drop of the hat to come and help us out. I can't even count the number of times that I have made dinner for both families and sometimes all three families. We have gatherings almost weekly, and most of the time they are completely unplanned. I am that person who will cook for anyone and refuse to let someone go hungry. I love to cook and think the more the merrier. One of my fondest memories from the last two years before we moved was the annual planting season dinner. All of the boys work together to get everything planted and we always gather at the end of the day, typically well after dark and settle down for dinner all together. All 6 adults and 6 kiddos. My favorite time of the year! One of the best feelings in the world is a house full of people who are near and dear to my heart. The mess those kiddos create is well worth it. We aren't just passing time, we are making memories.
I stand constantly amazed at the things God gives us in life. Many of which we probably don't even deserve. The moral of this post is just that, God knew who we needed in our life, and he put them there exactly when we needed them. Those friends who seemed so hard to find were all a part of his bigger plan for us. He knew when we needed some one to depend on, vent with, someone to take you to the emergency room when you are puking your guts up for way too long, someone to help you milk when you are sicker than you ever want to be, someone to watch your kiddo when you have to be somewhere unplanned, someone to help out when you have major wardrobe malfunctions in public, someone to help you fix the sub floor and bathroom in your new house in 90 degree heat with, and someone just to listen when you need an ear.
Brody reading to Cole
Amanda painting away. 90 degrees and NO air!
Ashley painting away. 90 degrees and NO air!
Pool time with our favorites
The boys watch the tractor trying to pull the other one out
We all have those friends around that are there no matter what. I consider them more like family, but I know they were put in our lives for a reason. God is good all the time!
Sometimes things just don't go as planned...
Red getting ready to pull out the Green thing
Thank God for good friends!