August 29, 2013

Friends for a Lifetime.

I have recently found myself thinking a lot about the many friendships I have.  Some are just forming, while others have been around for as long as I can remember. True friends, ones that you can count on no matter what, are such an amazing blessing. So many people can come in and out of your life, but it is so important to hold onto the friendships that form.

I can honestly say that I married my best friend; something that would be cliche if it wasn't true. He is someone that knows me, and still chooses to love me each day no matter what. He lives out Christ in front of me and our family, and leads me in the way that I need...even when I don't want the direction. He makes me laugh, and I enjoy spending my time with him, and he with me. {deep}

My mom is a woman that I grew up valuing and seeking her advice and opinion. I knew that she loved me no matter what, and that she supported me in what I did. As I got older the respect that I had for her grew into a friendship. I love getting to spend time talking with her, and watching her interact with my son. She is a wise, beautiful and loving woman...someone I hope to emulate. I also married into a family where I gained another mom that I love. She loves the Lord, her husband and her family. She raised my husband, and is a person I enjoy spending time with...something I am proud to be able to say. {unconditional} 
Listen to advice and accept instruction, 
that you may gain wisdom in the future
Proverbs 19:20
This is such a special relationship, one that I am so thankful that I have in my life. My sister is a light in my life, and a person that I enjoy spending time with. Although we are different, those differences only seem to make the memories we have together all the more special. She is the person that brings the silly side of my out...the one that I find myself laughing for no reason at all. I have watched her grow from a tiny baby into a beautiful woman. I have also been blessed with two other sisters through marriage. I am thankful for the love they have for me, and the many memories we have had as a family. {sisterly}

The amount of friends that I have many not be as many as some, but the ones that I do have are ones that are deep and lasting. I love when I get to see a friend that I haven't had a good talk with in awhile, and it's as if we left off right where we left off the time before. I love that although many of these friends live far away, I know they are there for me all the time. I love that these friends have walked through life with me. They knew me when I was learning who I was and what I wanted my life to be about. They have walked through exciting times in my life, and have helped me through harder trials. These friendships are ones that I treasure. {lasting}

Thankful for the many new friends that I have in my life. I've learned that although it is hard to open up to someone, to let someone in, it is so worth it. These are friends that I love getting to create new memories with. They are ones that are equally excited about hanging out and spending time together. I love how they have come into my life, whether through work, at coffee shops or through church. These are women that desire to have me pour into their life, and I want the same from them. Thankful for these friends, in that I can be honest with how I am doing on a daily basis. {transparency}

"As iron sharpens iron, 
so one person sharpens another."
Proverbs 27:17

August 13, 2013

King's Court

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd....
This past Sunday our little family of three took a trip up to Seattle to go to a Mariner game; something I think every Bernard boy is destined to love. From the start of the National Anthem to the announcement, "Mariner's win!" Blake was AMAZING.  He was in awe of how many people there were, and how loud they could be when a hit or out was made. By the end of the game though he was a pro, and was clapping along with the crowd.
We have quite the silly little baby boy on our hands...he LOVES people...he will point, wave, smile and 'talk' with anyone until he can get them to give him his full attention. It doesn't matter what they look like, Blake will befriend them, and soon enough have them making silly faces back at him or waving like they were a little kid too. If only we were all still so open to being friendly with others, and letting our lights shine as bright as Blake's does.

It was a quick trip, but so worth it to watch Jason and his little boy get to experience this first together. Who knows if Blake will be a ball-player, but there is no doubt that we have another baseball lover in the Bernard family.