we had another sad night around the pierce house. mike and beth are our closest friends here in boston and they left tonight... to move to colorado. tear. kind of makes me sick to think about, really.
beth has been a dear friend to me, so sacrificial in the way she loves me and serves my family. she has been so consistent in my life, has thoughtfully asked me questions and has freely given of herself to help me... in everything. now that i think about it, we don't have a ton of common interests, in fact, we always talk about how we wouldn't have been friends in college... but somehow the Lord has drawn us into deep friendship based on more than hobbies. beth can make bakery quality cakes and should be an event planner and i sometimes use paper plates at dinner parties. :) we really are good for one another! i love her.
danny and mike like all of the same random stuff, like nacho libre, bacon, nature shows and ong-bak: thai warrior. wierd, i know! oh and they love talking sport, politics and religion. we laugh a lot together; it's just fun. our friendship is so wonderful, so easy! both of the guys are extremely flexible and like hanging out, so beth and i planned dinner together at least three nights a week. we really lived life together.
one of the things i am most thankful for is the way that mike and beth love our children! they know her and love her like we do. aside from family, they really are her two favorite people. i want mary to always know how much mike and beth love her and how much she loves them in return. example, this morning i walked into her room to get her out of bed and she looked up at me and said "mi?" really, mary!?! mike was the first thing on her mind... and this is very typical! they really are like family to her. everytime someone comes to the door she says "ba?" she expects them to be around and loves it. it breaks my heart to think that she is going to ask for them everyday and wonder where they went. i know, she won't remember the sadness like i will, but i know she will wonder where they went.
mary's first 80's party!
the day we got home from the hospital with mary
i have to be honest... i have thought too many times tonight, "why God!?!" sometimes i wonder why we can't all just stay in boston and live a life following God here. after my irrational thoughts, i come back to the truth that God is good, that He is faithful and that He does have a great purpose for each of us, but also for the people that we will live life with on the other side of the globe. though i'm so sad tonight, i'm also so thankful. i love my life in boston... i love my wonderful husband and children, our way too small apartment, my church, my friends, the endless memories and growth that have happened here. this is home to our family. i will be so sad to leave this place but so thankful that i was blessed enough to live life here with these people. God is so kind to us.
WE LOVE YOU, MIKE AND BETH!
**Luke loves you too, but he just wasn't around for much picture taking. :)