Thursday, January 3, 2013

Visits with Friends

I have to share our visit with the Choates next. They arrived last Saturday afternoon, extending their Christmas trip to include us. I love that our families can keep in touch no matter how many miles separate us, but words cannot what a joy it was to visit with this precious friend face to face.

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Fortunately for Joanna and me, our husbands and children enjoy each other as well! For two days our house was full of games…

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sword fights…

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piggyback and horsey rides…

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(Katherine had been on my Olivia’s back, but she decided to get down. Benjamin carried everyone’s bags!)

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(hmmm…I just realized that Angie seemed to be involved in every single ride! Smile)

and just the general joy of togetherness.

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Even Jack got in on the extra loving!

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I’m sure you can tell how much he hated it!

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There were many chuckles over the sleeping arrangements. Angela’s room is smaller than Steven’s (and Uncle Aaron & Aunt Joanna had Olivia’s room), so Steven and Benjamin got the girlie room.

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And Sarah, the two Olivias, Angela, and Katherine filled up the boy room!

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No one minded, though. A pretty easy-to-please bunch! (Oh, and these pictures remind me of the other activity that filled our time – sharing books.)

We originally thought they would have to leave after lunch on Sunday, but when all was said and done they got to stay until mid-morning on Monday. Oh how excited all eleven of us were! (I think Joanna and I might have squealed and jumped up and down more than the kids!) No one was ready to say goodbye. In fact, Steven and Angela shed more than a few tears over the empty house on Monday, and I could tell Olivia was a bit melancholy, too. Even Jack kept sniffing around as if looking for those extra loving hands. What an incredible blessing, though, to have a family of friends like these, even if the goodbyes are tough. I never would have imagined such a bond when we first met in seminary housing all those years ago. Nor would I have dreamed that my children would continue to love Sarah, Benjamin, Olivia, and Katherine even though they see them so rarely. That can only be a God accomplishment, and I am so thankful for it and for the times He allows us to be together!

1 comment:

Choate Family said...

You got some great pics of our visit! The friendship between our two families is certainly a "God accomplishment", and I'm so thankful!