Monday, October 22, 2012

Best Friends, Necklaces, and Too Many Tears

I had written a long post complaining about the drama in my life right now, and how it's had me sick to my stomach. However, after yesterday I decided to delete it and focus instead on some of the wonderful things in my life.

Have you ever felt so loved and wanted that you couldn't help but cry? That's how all my dear friends here in North Carolina make me feel. For those of you who don't know, my hubby has been the Bishop (leader of our congregation called to serve for a time without pay) for the last 4 and a half years. The two of us really enjoy serving those in our area and with service comes this deep love for each other. Now we know we are going to leave them and it hurts terribly.

Yesterday my husband gave his last talk at our church here, and I can tell you there were lots of tears. It's been an honor to watch how much he cares for these people. They know how much we love them, and we know how much they love us. The sweet grannies, the peers, the little children that I get to sing with every week, the teens that I've taught for years...all of them own a piece of my heart.

Many people have given me hugs and told me how much they will miss us, but at the same time they are excited for our family and the new adventures ahead. This is true friendship. The kind of friendship that doesn't fade away as the miles between increase. That is truly a blessing.

Sad tears and happy tears. And something that will bring a smile and a tear to me every time I wear it.

Do you know what that is?

That right there made it really hard to get through church without crying. My best friend Laura (remember this and this?) made it for me.

Have you guess yet?

It's her version of Talia's necklace and it's AWESOME! I love the decorative wire wrapped around the stone. It's exactly what I had in my mind but didn't explain to my jeweler. I don't think the professionally made one will be as cool. Luckily, Laura is going to teach me how to make them so I can make more to give away.

Who's your best friend? Have you told them how much you appreciate them lately? If not, I challenge you to do it today.