There's nothing like girlfriends. You know who they are. Sisterhood is beautiful, and rare. And when you've got the real thing - cherish it. Last weekend, I helped throw a bridal shower for my first college roommate. A small gathering of women who met and bonded through uniquely sharing life in a college dorm and a Bible study, and since those days have taken very different roads of life - college girls turned mamas, pastor's wives, secretaries, artists, nannies, writers. Through the ebb and flow of life, the "we haven't talked in a year!" followed by warm hugs, the ups and downs and miscommunications, hurt feelings - the intricacies of real, true, messy friendships. And the oh so sweet reconciliations, explanations, and "I forgive you"s of understanding and forgiveness that come through knowing Christ in our relationships. I sat beneath strings of lights in the decorated living room, listening to laughter and watching heartfelt smiles, taking me back in my mind to our freshman year of late night "study parties" which turned into laughing til we cried bonding moments. How we agonized over which boy to ask to the Sadie Hawkins school event. And wondered what we would someday become. The sweet and just-right words shared and hands squeezed when "he" didn't turn out to be Prince Charming after all. And the day to day of life, living side by side for a season of time that melded our hearts in a special way.
It's hiding under quilts watching rainy day chick flicks, mugs of tea in hand. Late night phone calls when you're crying and can't stop. Spontaneous beach trips. And throwing a bridal shower for a long-awaited wedding, sipping sherbert punch and passing newborn babies.....which brings us to my favorite things from this last week: