Monday, January 6, 2014

Memory Loss

Do you ever run into someone and for the life of you their name and how you know them escapes you?

This situation happened last week. I'm standing in line at a store and passed this person, brain registered "familiar face, no name, move forward".
Turn around and the same person says, "Abby? Hey, how are you? It's been a long time."

Commence brain scroll:
"Grad school - Nope. Panama - definitely not. High school - possible, but I don't think so. Met through a friend - I have no idea, maybe. College - likely. Can't place the name."

Next action: fake it.
It's true. That's what I did.

"Oh hi. Wow, it has been a long time." (Continue the frantic thoughts of trying to place this person).

Person begins sharing spousal information (this is obviously new information since our last interaction), kids (yep, still new info), current plans.

(This photo has nothing to do with the interaction, other than it makes me think this is what is happening in my head - random things being thrown out! Ha!)

Fog begins lifting - yep, definitely college.

The rest of the afternoon, long after said interaction, my brain begins to sort through the fragments.
Now I have a good idea of name, connection, and vague bits of information.

All that to say, my apologies if for some reason it's been 9 years since we've seen each other and I struggle to pull data of how we know one another. It doesn't mean I don't care, I honestly can't remember. It will come to me, just give me about four hours to pull it together.

What do you do when you can't remember?
Yes, I needed to just swallow my pride and admit the confusion.

Sigh. Next time.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Treasures and Tomorrow

The sweetest of friends are great treasures beyond worth.

One of the most difficult parts of transitioning to a new life in the states was knowing the season of life with my dearest friends was ending. Not that our friendships were ending, but that the close living, meal sharing on a daily basis, cuddling one another's babies, literally sharing daily life together was coming to an end. This is what ripped my heart apart more than anything else.

The Lord knew that.
He knows how deeply my heart connected with these cherished friends.
He knew the depth of ache that would come with transition.
He knew the moments of loneliness so deep, it hurt to breathe.

And the Lord is His kindness provided.
Provided moments of connection.
Times of reconnecting.

I've been blessed.

June 2014 (two weeks after returning) - this reunion happened

(I had to use this picture even though TJ's head is cut off, because I think it is hilarious!)

July 2014

Yes, this was the weepy picture.

July 2014
Reconnected with an sweet friend.

August 2014

Mindalynn and I

November 2014
 This really happened.
I still shake my head and marvel we all were able to be together for five whole days.
No words to explain the gift this time was.

AND we have a place and approximate time for Reunion 2014 together.
Plus these two growing boys were able to come and get lots of Tia loving from their many Tias.

Christmas 2013

People kept asking me how my time was with my brother and sister for Christmas. I didn't even correct them because it was like being with my brother and sister and one of my nephews. Sweetness.

AND tomorrow, Roo is coming.

For real???? I may explode from excitement and anticipation.

I look back at the past six months and marvel at the Lord's goodness in providing moments of reconnection.

In June, I knew I would meet up with these special people again, but never fathomed it would be this many times and often unexpected.

In a few months, I will also get to reconnect with some other dear heart friends.

Thank you, Lord, for the provision of these incredible gifts. 
For knowing my heart and the pain of moving forward. 
I rejoice in the kindness of these grace-filled, joyous moments of reunion. 
These are treasures.