Where on earth do I start? I guess it’s only appropriate to start back in 2008 when Wade and I attended Bellevue Baptist Church for the first time as a married couple. We were early to our Small Group, sitting comfortably on the couch (yes, I just said couch!) when a bubbly brunette walked through the door saying hello to everyone. She took note of the newbies over on the couch and hurried over to introduce herself. Over the course of the next year and a half, we became really good friends. She introduced me to Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A and Texas Roadhouse (I grew up in small town USA). But our grandest moments…the moments where we opened up and shared our hearts were all spent at Shelby Farms. The first time I agreed to run with Lori out at Shelby Farms, I had this master plan of showing off my mad running skills. Running was my thing…after all, I was a state medalist in the 300 meter hurdles. Well, turns out, running was more Lori’s thing. I was a sprinter and she was a cross-country runner. We hadn’t even reached 2 miles and I’m hunched over in the grass trying not to die while she jogs another 5 miles. Thankfully, she was patient and our first 1.5-mile run eventually turned into 5-7 mile runs where I could talk the entire time… BOOM!
Lori is the friend who will read the entire Divergent series just because I won’t stop talking about it. She’s the friend who will drive 2.5 hours to meet up with me at a movie theatre to watch Twilight on opening weekend. She’s the friend who will loan me her sweats upon walking through the door because she knows I love them THAT much. She’s also the friend who will ask me tough spiritual questions and call to check-in on how my Bible reading is going. It’s pretty sad to think we were only in the same town for a year and half. Yet, amazing to know that despite our 500-mile distance, we’re still very close and can pick up right where we left off.
Brandon and Wade have become good friends by default. We drug them along for dinner dates and movie nights. Then, they played in Bellevue’s rec leagues together. Of course, they eventually found a common ground in their mutual obsession with Dave Ramsey and the St. Louis Cardinals. Yep, they were a match made in Heaven. 🙂 And now that we each have a boy and a girl who are less than a year apart, well, we’re basically stuck with each other for life. Even as I sit here typing this post, my kids are hollering “Luke! Allie! Luke! Allie!”
I love this family. We miss you guys. And can’t wait for the next ‘family reunion’!
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