Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Change is Hard

If you follow me on instagram - you know that one of my very best friends and her family are moving to Texas.  Their moving truck is actually leaving Bentonville this morning and headed to San Antonio.  Her husband has been on staff at our church for 15 years - since before they were even married.  He has an amazing opportunity to be on staff at a HUGE church - Community Bible.  It's so great for him and he is such a gifted teacher/pastor so we are cheering loudly but I have a lot of tears behind my cheers! 

One of the reasons it's hard is her daughter Kampbell and my Hollis are very best friends.  So we are both sad.  I just don't love change.  I keep reminding myself that she's NOT dying - but it's just hard to lose someone you are used to seeing all the time but I'm so thankful for technology and social media.  We will be forever friends.  This all happened very quickly - he got the job and they moved within a couple of weeks so it's been just fast and hard.  This is a long post about the last couple of weeks but I want it for myself to remember.  

Kampbell just had her 8th birthday and her wish was to spend it with Hollis.  So Maegan took them to ride horses at a a friends' house and then to Build a Bear where they made horses that say "I love you Hollis" and "I love you Kampbell" in their voices to each other.  Sigh.  

That night we had a big FRAMILY party with all of our closest friends.  We get together quite a bit.  The bittersweet part is that all of the Kufahl kids have best friends in our friend group.  So we were all very sad to lose them.  

These two are going to write each other and maybe they will end up as roommates at Baylor one day - who knows? 

We took some group pictures the night we had dinner.  Love all these kids.  

This is my circle.  These are the girls who know me best and still love me.  I'm SO grateful for their friendship.  

I pray this isn't the last time we are all together.  

Kampbell came home with us that night and spent the night.  

 Hollis and Kampbell managed to cram a LOT of time in together in the last two weeks.  

We had a big fellowship for them at church on a Sunday night. 

I was in charge of decorating with pictures - which was easy because I had a TON! 

Maegan's first name is actually Naleisha.  Our friend Ashley made this sign and it was so hilarious! 

Maegan and Rachel - they are the best of friends.  It's been so tough for them saying bye. 

It was the sweetest night at church that night.  The crowd was so huge and it was fun visiting with everyone.  Our kids ran wild all over the church and it just felt like the small church potlucks that I grew up with.  

The next morning Will Holden said "I had so much fun last night".  

Mae's Korbyn and Laurie's Emily have been best friends since they were babies.  It's been hard on these sweet girls too.  We are already planning a vacation in San Antonio with the Ormons.  

We all had a great time planning the night. 

Then we had a girls night at our friend Rachel's house last week.  It was such a special night.  

Our friend Susan came by for a little bit but couldn't stay because she had family in.  The girl between her and Maegan is her DIL - Mariah.  She's the lead singer for Mosaic who wrote and sings "Tremble".   

Cute Texas shaped cookies 

Our amazing friend Bobetta made ALL the desserts and wouldn't let us do anything.  It was SO good!!! 

I didn't take a ton of picture - there was a huge houseful of girls there.  We all sat in the living room and everyone shared to Maegan what she had meant to them.  I loved hearing what everyone said.  I couldn't bring myself to talk because I knew I would lose it.  Then a few of us prayed over her.  I thought surely I could pray but I started crying as soon as my mouth opened.  

I love this - it's just so us. 

The girls begged for one more sleepover so Kampbell came over one more night. 

Matching Jo Jo PJ"S, sleep masks, horses, BFF necklaces - it's so perfect for 7 year old girls! 

Monday after school we went over to say one more last goodbye.  It's not really a goodbye - it's a see you later.  I will see them sooner than later.  

Making friends as an adult is hard.  When you find your people - the ones who can make you laugh so hard it hurts and who can cry deeply with you and who make you want to be a better person and points you to Jesus - you hold on to them.  It can be very difficult if they move away but it's not a friendship I'm going to let go! 

We love you Kufahls.  Following Jesus is ALWAYS the best decision!!! 

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