old friends

Weekend before last, Micah and I left the boys with his mom and headed out to Phoenix, AZ to visit some very dear friends.  While I was trying to explain to a co-worker who we were going to see and why we were such great friends, I began to realize that we had been friends for close to 16 years--which takes us back to before they had any kiddos (now they have 4), before Micah and I were married or even dating, back to when we were still in college.  We moved overseas together (and back again), lived an incredible amount of life together, experienced some really great highs along with some pretty devastating lows.   We often say that our friendships on our team on the field somewhat ruined us for regular friendships because we know now how great and how precious close friendships can be.  For a while we were lulled into thinking that type of friendship was the norm and easily accomplished. Hindsight, which you know, is 20/20.  Looking back now, I know that we poured a lot of time and effort into building those friendships and relationships and while things weren't always rosy and easy, the lasting effect on our lives has been huge.

We had the best time seeing their 'new' city (not quite two years new to them), enjoying the luxury of catching up over the course of a few days instead of a few hours, laughing and reminiscing, working through some of life's issues, dreaming about the future, maybe shedding a tear or two, and making some memories with their kids.  It was a sweet time together and we are already making plans for the next time we go back.

We arrived late Thursday night and Friday morning, we headed out to a great little breakfast place with Keifer their youngest while the older girls were gone to school.

One of my favorite things that we did was drive up South mountain which is kind of in the middle of Phoenix.  It was beautiful--more mountains in the distance, a cool view of the city, the airport with planes and landing and taking off.  We made them promise to take us hiking there the next time we visit.

Yes, their on shadows on our faces, but the view behind us is beautiful and I am so thankful for this dear friend in my life--she laughs with me, cries with me, prays with me and speaks truth and encouragement.  I hope that everyone has a Jill in their life.

I think this guy is pretty special too.

Keifer and Micah were fast friends. He turned three back in December and he lives life to the fullest!
I can't believe how grown up their kids are. I remember being at the hospital when Sophia was born.  Now, she is old enough to  babysit so that the adults could go out for dinner.  We even got to play a fun game of Bonanza with their whole family which was a fun time since we have been playing that game with Sean and Jill since we lived in France.


We feel so thankful that not only do Jill and I and Micah and Sean share close friendships, but that as couples we have such a great time as well.  What a gift their friendship is and we definitely treasure our time together.



And we really loved the mountains as evidenced by the number of selfies we managed to take :

And I just love this one of Micah because he looks like he is leaning over the side of the mountain.


I have read this post so many times and tried to re-write it because it doesn't seem like it does justice to our time there.  t was the perfect get-away for Micah and me.  It was precious time with friends who knew us pre-cancer, pre-med school, pre-kids, even pre-married.  We are so thankful for such sweet friends and the time to get away and visit them.


Norman said…
Just talked w/friends today who spent some time recently in Phoenix and sounds kinda like your scenic trip recently. Love it!

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