We got away!! Brent and I spent the weekend in Birmingham, Alabama… without the kids! Brent officiated the wedding for some sweet friends, Stephen and Ashley. The joke of the weekend (well, one of them) was how many years of “he/she is just a friend” that they went through before they realized that maybe they were more than that.
The whole weekend had that theme though. As we were reunited with some amazing friends from our past years in Williamsburg, we realized that they are all much more than friends in our life, they are our family. The years and the miles don’t change how deeply we care for each of them.
The best part of the weekend (for us anyway… I’m guessing the bride and groom might have other ideas…) was spending time with all of these friends that we love so much. Stephen’s family has been such a big part of our lives over the years. They have been extended family to us as we started our little family (at the time!) away from our own families . We had our first two kids in Williamsburg and Kim, Theresa and Lindsay would babysit them while Katie and Stephen would go to youth group with us. They included us in meals, pool time and life. When we had our fourth child, we all talked about how we had 1 boy, 3 girls like the Spencers and casually said how we hoped they grew up like them.
Then there were Brent’s small group boys who were the groomsmen and a few of my small group girls who came to celebrate with Stephen and Ashley. They were all so much fun as teenagers, getting into (mostly) good trouble and challenging us on life and God. We couldn’t wait to see who they turned out to be too as they grew.
Well, now they are all grown up and this weekend reaffirmed that hope. The times I cried the most this weekend were the times when Brent and I realized just how much we love each of the people we were reunited with and just how much we really do hope our children are blessed with the family and friend relationships that they all have. We are blessed to know these people, even more now as they have grown up into amazing adults.