Saying Goodbye to good friends…..

2/27/06—I’m typing this in blue because it was such a sad day in our house on Saturday. We have been preparing for several weeks now for a dear friend of ours to move 5 1/2 hours away. This past weekend, on Saturday, we had to say goodbye. I had determined, and prayed that God would help me, that I wasn’t going to cry, we will see these friends again, but it hurt so much to have to say goodbye! We had the kids here in the morning so that they could play together before leaving town, and so that Mom and Dad and Grandma and Grandpa could clean the house up before they left. Here are some of the pictures that I took that morning…..

R and C…..this is the first family that R ever babysat for. Mrs. W trained R in babysitting before and after R went through the Red Cross Super Sitters program through our local recreation department.

M and C doing their favorite thing…..playing with Legos! 🙂 Boys are so incredible. There is an 7 1/2 year age difference between these two, and they play so well together.

Best Friends! My girls r and H are in pink on the outsides…..Miss R is the toothless beauty in the middle. Even though none of the girls cried when they had to say goodbye, I know that it was a sad time for them. I know that they are looking forward to May when we will travel to their new city to spend a weekend 🙂

Speaking of crying….not only did I cry when having to say goodbye to my dear friend, about an hour and half later or so, I went out to get the mail, and their caravan of vehicles and moving truck and trailers drove by. I was so sad! I started crying all over again 😦

This all reminds me of the song “Friends” by Michael W. and Debbie Smith.

Words:deborah d. smith
Music: michael w. smith

Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
Can�t believe the hopes he�s granted
Means a chapter in your life is through
But we�ll keep you close as always
It won�t even seem you�ve gone
�cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord�s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
�cause the welcome will not end
Though it�s hard to let you go
In the Father�s hands we know
That a lifetime�s not too long to live as friends.

With the faith and love God�s given
Springing from the hope we know
We will pray the joy you�ll live in
Is the strength that now you show

But we�ll keep you close as always
It won�t even seem you�ve gone
�cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

Friends are friends forever, if the Lord’s the Lord of them……we are more than just friends! We are sisters and brothers in the family of Christ!

Love you W family! And we will miss you!!!!

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