Today I was able to spend a pleasant evening with a dear friend and her sweet family.
I haven’t seen Sarah since my wedding—almost two years ago. She was one of my very first friends when I came to college, and she became one of the closest and dearest friends I’ve ever had.
Sarah has spent the last two and a half years living in South Carolina with her husband and in that time she gave birth to Abbie, who is a sweet little miracle in so many ways. Her husband, Sean, received orders to be stationed in California, so the three of them packed up and embarked on a long trip through the southern United States, visiting family and friends along the way.
Tonight we met at a restaurant we absolutely loved during our college days—Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse. For most of us, this is our first (and for some—only!) experience with a hibachi-style Japanese restaurant!
But the real experience is in the time shared with old friends.
We spent several hours reflecting on how much Plainview has changed since we each moved here years back, as well as sharing our new adventures in marriage, kids, careers, and health diagnoses.
I remember discussing marriage with Sarah in our dorm suite in 2007. She used to predict that she would be the last in our group of friends to marry. She is now a military wife and stay-at-home mom to little Abbie. She was the second in our group to marry!
Sarah and JennyBeth. 2007
Sarah and JennyBeth. 2011
Sarah and me. 2007
Sarah and me. 2011
I honestly really love the changes we have all experienced. Four years ago our biggest concerns were petty interpersonal drama, insecurity, grades, college finances, homework, annoyances with school rules.
Mariah, Edgar, me, Greg, and JennyBeth. 2006
Today we have things more… beautiful and eternal on our minds.
This is the true test of friendship, I think. This is what I looked forward to when I came to college—the times I would be able to spend with my college friends years after we graduated.
It goes to show how no matter how far away we travel, how long we have to go between visits, we are always in each other’s minds and hearts, mourning together in our sorrows, and rejoicing together in each other’s lives, loving every change along the way, as family.