Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I planted a seed 5 years ago...

Five years ago I planted a seed of friendship....

I don't remember all the details of our first meeting.  I don't recall who exactly said "hi" first.  I'm not sure when our acquaintance developed into the beautiful friendship that it is today.  
I just know, that about 5 years ago I met a young lady by the name of Kemisha, and although it took me several years to realize it, she would eventually become my dearest friend.

All through college if you would have asked me me who my friends were I would have without a doubt included Kemisha in the list.  However, our friendship didn't really become much more than that.  We were friends, but perhaps I was just to silly to see that standing right in front of me was someone who would become my dearest friend.

However in my senior year I finally realized that Kemisha was more than just a typical  friend. She was really one of those "one in a life time kind of friends."  She was one of those people who could see when I was hurting when everyone else was fooled by smile.  Do you know what I mean? She was just one of those people...

My senior year year we continued to get closer and closer...

In May of 2012 I graduated from college. At that time I had no idea what God had for me.  So I had decided to simply stick around my home town and continue to work at my local job until God showed me otherwise.

Kemisha lives all too far to be able to go home for every break from school.  So that summer we were able to spend so much time together. Whether it was hiking in the dunes, attending the local fairs, or a trip to Chicago.  We made the most of our summer break.  That summer once again I realized that God had truly blessed me with a one in a lifetime find of friendship and I wasn't about to let that slip away from me.  

However, towards the end of July I got a call from a Christian school in Ohio asking me to considering teacher in their academy. I prayed about it and I knew for certain that God wanted me to leave and go to Ohio.
I was so scared to be going off on my own.  I had so many questions running through my mind, so many fears. However, through all my fears this one friend helped me and stood by me.
In August just a week after I moved to Ohio I received the news that my mom had cancer.  I don't think I could possibly describe what that did to me.  But, one friend called, I don't know what she said..but she didn't have to say a word.. Although we were hours apart- she was a friend that was there for me.

She was able to come back with me after Thanksgiving to spend a couple days with me. Once again through our late night talks and laughs I couldn't help but think to myself..God had truly blessed me with the greatest friend. 

Although we didn't get to see much of each other during the school year, our friendship somehow continued to grow.  And I realized, "Friendship isn't about being inseparable it is being separated and nothing changes."

Once again she was able to come to Ohio and spend her spring break with me.  How those few days seemed to fly by.

You know, nothing compares to stomach ache you get from laughing with your best friend.

I even put her up to teaching History for me one and teaching my kids all about her beautiful home of Grenada.

In May of 2013 I took a day off of school and drove back to Indiana to watch my best friend graduate from college.  

This summer has already flown by.  I have now said my good byes to Kemisha.  I am in Ohio and in a couple days Kemisha will be in Grenada.

I always knew that one day I would have to say good bye.
But that day came all to soon.
How can you say good bye to a person who has become one who can laugh at your dumbest jokes, put up with your worst moods, and go along with you craziest ideas.  
How can you say good bye to one who stands by you through the best and worst times.  The one who calls just to say.."you know, I'm praying for you..."

Well,..I had to.  It was hard to say good bye without knowing when our next hello would come.

I don't know when I will get to see my best friend again.  And sometimes I get envious of those who get to simply call up their best friend and chat with them and get to see them every day.  Because I cant.. I can't text my best friend and I can't sit around and laugh with her any more.
And I miss that..
But those times that I get down, I just remember that our friendship is the strongest I have ever seen. Our friendship is one of those that will stand the test of time.

You see, Kemisha and I, we are going to be those two little old ladies in the nursing home causing all the problems.  We will be racing down the halls in our wheelchairs.  Because Kemisha and I have built ourselves a friendship that separation can't tear apart..

And I thank God every day that five years ago I planted a seed a friendship, not knowing what would become of it
because now I have reaped a bouquet of happiness

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Summer in a nutshell

It has been so very long since I have last posted.  However, I have been extremely busy.
As you have probably assumed, I have now completed my first year of teaching.  The school year went by so very quickly, and I truly did enjoy every moment of it.  We ended the school year with a field trip to the Toledo Mud Huns Baseball Game.

 Before we knew it the last day of school was upon us.  I have come to love each and every one of my students and I am looking forward to another year with them.

Kindergarten Graduation

Just a week after school was out I was able to go on a Ladies Retreat with my mom. Not only was it a time of great fun, relaxation, and spiritual refreshment; I was also able to spend a lot of time with my mom, which is always very enjoyable.

Just a couple of week later my family and I were able to take a two week vacation out West!  Our trip was perfect in every way. 

On the fourth of July we were able to go over to my sister and brother- in- law's  house to spend the holiday with them.

The summer is quickly coming to a close.  I am now back in Ohio and will soon beginning my preparation for another school year.  The last two months have been so very incredible. I was able to spend so much precious time with my family, and I have discovered that I am truly one of the luckiest people alive- God has given me the most amazing families ever!