7QTs (8): Childhood BFF

I know I say this every.single.week, but how does the time go by SO FLIPPING FAST?!  Seriously. Well, it's been a busy, but great one for me, so let me get right to it! :)

~ 1 ~
Ok, let me give you some background on my friend Renee: we were total BFFs from just a few months until she and her family moved to Florida when we were 11/12ish.  We did everything together, mostly due to the fact that her mom watched me while my parents were at work.  But, after she moved, b/c our moms kind of had a falling out, we really just stopped talking.  (there was no FB or email or texting to be had back then)  Alas!  Our friendship then grew apart.  It's sad, really.

This is from our dancing days. How cute are we?!
Me: left; Renee: right

The wall of memories at Renee's house.

Bahahaha!!!  This cracks me up.  
Apparently, I did not think her present was good.

~ 2 ~
But, then!  Facebook did happen and everyone started to join!  Renee and I reconnected!!  I love FB for that reason.  It has been so amazing to see her all grown up, a wife and a mom.  Happy, healthy and loving life.  She just looks like a bigger version of the girl I remember.  Through the wonderful world of technology, we have been able to build our friendship back up.  It's so awesome and fun!

~ 3 ~
Renee STILL lives in Florida.  So, why would I not want to get together with her while I am in Florida?!  Well, I wouldn't.  That is just silly.  OF COURSE I WANT TO.  So, Wednesday to Friday, we were reunited!  It was just so amazing.  I FINALLY got to hug my best friend after not really being able to say goodbye all those years ago.  I was only nervous for a little bit... what if it's super awkward?  What if we have nothing in common?  What if... what if... what if...  But, I have to be honest, as soon as I saw her... it's almost as if no time had passed.  We are grown up versions of our little kid selves, hanging out like we hadn't seen each other since yesterday.  Only this time, our convos revolved around catching each other up on the last 17 years of our lives, family, jobs, etc.  We are definitely more 'grown up' now, and making new memories.

AHHHHH!!!  This was so exciting! :)

~ 4 ~
There has to be something said for childhood friends.  There is nothing like 'em.  I have always believed that God blesses us with friends at different times in our live.  Some come and go, others stay forever.  Renee and I needed each other growing up, and maybe God reunited us for another special reason.  I don't know what that is.  Maybe I won't know.  But, I can say that He has truly reminded me of what a blessing friendship is.  Even if Renee and I still don't know each other well now, we know each other in a different way, from a different time, that no one else will really be able to understand.  We are childhood girlfriends, and I believe, that that is a special friendship in and of itself. :)

~ 5 ~
It was so fun to meet her husband and son, Ethan...



... and stepping inside her life a little bit.  I got to see where she lives and works...


... as a firefighter/EMT.  She loves her job and is pretty darn good at it from what I can tell.

~ 6 ~
And to find out that she still LOVES horses.  I feel like this girl was born to love horses.  It was what I remembered most about her.  :)  For some reason, this piece of info just made me really happy.

The farm where she helps out with the beautiful horses.

And of course we went for a trail ride. :)
My back and butt are still sore.

~ 7 ~
We even went to Sea World!!!!  I had never been, and she was able to get another ticket.  How awesome is that?!  We had BLAST!!

The Shamu show was da bomb.

I took a TON of other pics from Sea World, but these are just from my phone.  Maybe when I have a little more time, and am not really exhausted and should be sleeping so I can get up for my early flight, I will put those pics up!

~ 7.5 ~
Going down memory lane with a good childhood friend makes me think of the young kids who have tragically lost their best friends in the CT shooting.  It is just heart-wrenching to think that some of those kids won't ever be able to reconnect with their BFFs as I have done with Renee.  At least not in this life.  I pray to God to be with each and every one of those friends, the families of the kids who lost their lives, and to all of the people who risked their own lives to protect the children.  Love them. Guide them.  Help them to see hope in You.  

I hope you all have been hugging all the kids you know a little tighter these days and reminding them how much you love them.


Please don't forget to check out some more 7 Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary with the loverly, yes loverly, Jen! :)

2 comments :

  1. Jen, This made me cry...... I am so happy we have reconnected!!! It means the world to me. I am looking forward to what the future holds for us!I can't wait until we get together again, soon!
    Love you!!!

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  2. And I am crying now, as I read your post and Renee's comment. I so am grateful that you both are so happy with your reunion. Love you both!

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