Friday, April 25, 2008

I Can Take A Hint...

I love checking email in the morning. For some reason, logging on and seeing all those messages is pure joy...it is also how I know I am a big dork. This morning I found this message, on Facebook, from one of my bestest friends and sis-in-law...

"O.K. I am at work and just checked out your blog for the first time. I am not on the clock by the way!! Why in the world haven't you mentioned me, the all important sister in law that set you up with Ben and sacrificed my relationship with you for several pitiful years to make you two happy. I expect to see a blog about me soon. Your readers deserve to know how important I am to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ha ha love reba"

Ummm...notice that she said she just checked it out for the FIRST time. I'll let it slide...this time :) She is right though...she deserves a post!

Here is us at Easter. I have a photo album filled with pictures of us, since the age of 15, in this exact same pose.


We met in Junior High, which is when our two towns join up for school. She was from the tinier town, which makes the adjustment for those kids a little harder. Girls like me did not help. I think I have blocked-out most of the events, but Rebecca remembers them all :) I was mean. She wanted to be in our "group" and I didn't want her to be. I made sure she was aware of this fact. In my defense, I had not yet met Jesus in a personal way...so I acted like a heathen :) Still to this day, I am apologizing for being so mean.

Then, in 9th grade, we sat by each other in Chorus. Why I went out for chorus, I will never know. I can't carry a tune to save my life...I have no idea what I was thinking. It was also the around the same time that I had met Jesus in a new way...a life changing way. I still had lot's of questions about the Bible, and Rebecca had grown up in a gospel-preaching church. She had answers for me...and this time, the friendship worked.

It also happened, that a few months into our new friendship, her older brother happened to catch my eye. (Read here for further details.) I was horrified to find out that Rebecca had actually told him that I thought he had a cute rear-end...but without her, I highly doubt we would have ever dated! I owe her. Dating your friend's brother is a tad difficult on a friendship. It was pretty rocky for a few years. But we survived, and for many, MANY years now, our friendship just keeps getting better and better! To know her, is to love her! She is hysterical. She continually makes me laugh...the kind of laugh that makes your stomach hurt.

I love looking back and seeing God's hand in it. There's no doubt in my mind that He was/is the one orchestrating all the details. He knew what the future held...He knew we would need each other. Rebecca, thank you for your friendship, it is priceless to me! And again...so sorry about Junior High...did I mention I didn't know Jesus then?!? :)

10 comments:

  1. I know from experience the "adjustment" from friend to family, but then they can't get rid of you :-) (Right Wendi?)
    Seriously, it really deepens the relationship, but sometimes the digging deep gets messy. You are blessed to have a sister/friend!

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  2. Yeah, why did it take so long to write about her!!!!???
    She totally rocks!
    We sure married into a cool fam, huh!?

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  3. Awwww! So way cute picture of you two! Yep, me and short and gaudy up there can totally relate... :)We've been up and down a time or two...or so. :) We love eachother to death though (not literally). Friend/family dynamics can be intersting to say the least. I do totally agree though that in time that bond deepens so much and it's all worth it.
    God has given me some really special relationships with all of my sisters and sister in laws.

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  4. Even though Jr. High was awful...I'll never forget all of my friends and our trials and tribulations! We all had some good times!

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  5. Hey, I have a best friend turned sister-in-law too! She was my best friend since 5th grade. I'm so glad she is a part of my family!

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  6. Sarah, I feel the pang of your regret. I did/said some mean stuff, too, that I could just whip my own tail for. And I DID know better. I'm so glad you two are close now. I was blessed by this story.

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  7. It's so special to have close relationship with your sister-in-law. Maybe she'll check your blog more often now that you've posted about her :)

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  8. This was so sweet to read. You guys make great sisters.

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  9. Aren't friends just the best?! Especially the ones that put up with us through thick and thin. :)

    May your friendship continue to be blessed... and may she be inspired by your blog as the rest of your readers are!!

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  10. How nice to have your sis in law be your best friend. That was a very sweet post. By the way, if you have not done a 6 word memoir yet, consider yourself tagged.

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