But those footprint friends - well, they are the ones that hold us tight and sustain us through the years. They are the ones that still love us when we leave. They are the ones that do not allow the miles to separate us and fight hard to keep us close.
They are loved.
Two such sweet friends blessed us a few months ago and I have been remiss in sharing. They are two young girls that met Ashton 8 years ago, when she was just 13, and made her their friend. Those two had grown up together and yet they let her into their private little world and made her one of them. They did not let the threat of a move keep them at a distance. They loved her regardless. They love her still. And she loves them as well.
And so through the years, phone calls and letters and an occasional visit have kept them close. And the help of their parents brought them together for a weekend. And despite the time and distance they did not miss a beat. (yes, I know that is a lot of ands!)
It was a wonderful sight to see and noise to hear. The talk and the laughter. The joy! It brought such joy to this momma's heart while reminding me of the dear friends I have made through the years. I could close my eyes and just imagine us doing the same thing. So much fun! And such a blessing. To her and to me!
And as always, God's timing could not have been more perfect!
So a big thank you to Kelli and Natalie- for the fun, the laughter, the friendship and the love! For blessing my girl and my family!