Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dream Day

"In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others."
— C.S. Lewis

For the past six years or so, the four of us have gotten together for 'an over-nighter' about 2-3 times a year.  Due to Scarlet (and Mark's) situation, our one planned for January was postponed. Towards the end of February, Scarlet send out an SOS-I-need-a-break-type-text.  A date was finalized and it was permanently marked on all of our calendars.

Yesterday was the big day.
Though we  had to skip the over-nighter for an all-dayer instead, the laughs, the tears, the food, the friendship and the fun was still the same.

We each have some pretty serious 'issues' looming over our heads, and it certainly wasn't easy to arrange a day away from our families.  We all had children's schedules to consider, one of us had to find a sitter for a husband, one of us had to take off work, one of us had to trust a husband could do a fairly decent job babysitting while spending much of the time in bed,  one of us left a husband on a day off from work, one of us had to arrange for three different babysitters, and so on and so forth.

But it was worth it all.
We loved every single minute of it.
Pedicures, lunch, shopping, dinner and scrap-booking.
(Okay, I think only Scarlet still does any 'real' scrapbooking).  Some of us inserted photos in photo sleeves, some of us made Christmas ornaments(!), some of us just kind of sat and visited, and some of us just slapped photos on a piece of cardstock, (much to Scarlet's disapproval!)

I love, love, LOVE these ladies!
Even though as we said our goodbyes Friday night, instead of the much wished for Saturday afternoon,  we all surmised that at least this way, nobody got ornery or snotty with each other. Unfortunately, that usually happens by the end of the day on the second day of an overnighter.  You know--the whole lack of sleep thing--that doesn't always make for the pleasantest of experiences!
(Yes, I do have a 'preview' button on my camera, but the first shot taken Kim had her eyes closed, and this one I look bad with whatever I'm doing with my mouth. But, the restaurant employee did need to get on with her regular tasks, and didn't want to do an all-out photo shoot...)

(It was SOOO fun to have Sara join us for the scrapbooking part of the day.  We've scrapped on and off with Sara over the years and she is always a good fit to the group. (Even if she did not want to be part of this photo...)

I have found what C.S. Lewis once said to be true, "The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others."


I love friends.
Not just these ones, but
ALL of YOU!

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