Friday, May 15, 2009

Mother's Day Week - Sara Jo

You know The Friend. The lifetime friend.

The friend that you have known since 5th grade. The friend that knows all of those old boy- friends. The friend who can tell stories on you in a minute. The friend that has been excited with you during joy and has been devestated with you during loss. The friend that is so much like you yet so different from you too. The friend that you have really been mad at in the past and now you have no idea why. The friend that has parents that would love you like their own and hug you like their own. The friend who could tell your mood after hearing you say one sentence, no matter what the subject. The friend you have cried with. The friend you have laughed with a million times. The friend who knows all of your weaknesses and has even seen those weaknesses in full action and still loves you. The friend who knows those things your parents don't know!

The friend I am talking about for me, is Sara Jo.

Part of who Sara Jo is, ever since I can remember, is that she has always always always wanted to be a mother. Unlike me. (There was a time in my life when I was certain God had a plan for me as a single woman in His Kingdom.) When we were younger I will admit that I thought this longing was crazy. But to see it come full circle. To see Sara Jo be a mother has bought me lots of joy. Mainly because of the joy I see in her eyes from it. Being a mother has fulfilled Sara Jo in a special way that it does not in everyone, mainly because of her great want to be a mother. Seeing motherhood in Sara Jo has encouraged me.

Her love, steadfastness, joy, faithfulness, understanding, gentleness, firmness, and patience is beautiful. Even after thinking of all of these memories......

Youth Rallys. CBC. KFC. Lipscomb. Linbar St. Project Graduation. Proms. Maggie Moos. Letters in Valentine's Day Candy Hearts. Road Trips. Sleep Overs. Bumper Pool. Skating Rinks. Football Games. Oklahoma. What's Your Number? Les. The gang of 6. West Virginia. Little Washington. West Forsyth. Counselor's Rules. "If ever I needed the Lord before...." Purple Car. Putt Putt Golf and Games. Rap Music. Would you follow him in the mall?

...... and more I still think seeing Sara Jo become the wife and mother she wanted to be and living her dream is the most beautiful I have ever seen her.

There are a lot of reasons why this verse reminds me of Sara Jo. We have been thru some sad times together but I think this verse, of Jesus' words, has given us strength for many reasons. Matthew 28:20b "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

I love you, girl.
Happy Mother's Day.


Sara Jo said...

Oh wow. That was some walk down memory lane. Thank you Mindy! I love you so much and am so blessed to be your lifetime friend. I am glad that we are getting to walk this motherhood journey together. I am wondering now though why I let you take that picture of me when I was pregnant with Savannah????

Grandmom said...

And we love you too.... Love you for you, and for loving our Mindy. So glad you are such wonderful friends.
G'mom & G'pop