One of my dearest friends is leaving Zeeland next week. Leaving Michigan actually... even leaving the midwest. Her and I have been friends since I came to Zeeland my sophmore year. We've been through a lot together, the birth of two chilren (one for each of us) that weren't necesarily planned, but still such a blessing to us, two weddings, two more children (one for each of us, only 13 days apart), a rough divorce (her), another child (me), a relationship and 2nd marriage (her) and all the ups and downs that came within it all. We've remained good friends even when we weren't so close, we've remained good friends even though we rarely agree on ANYTHING. We are about as opposite as they come, I consider myself pretty darn conservative, she is as far from conservative as they come (I love her despite that). There are different big things on the horizen for both of us and I'm sad that we won't be together to experience those things. But on the positive side (something I'm trying to see more of) I will have an excuse to travel east, somewhere I've never been, although convincing Matt that a trip to visit her is necesary will be hard after my trip to Africa!
Speaking of Africa, I found out a few weeks ago (and forgot to even write it down) that the dates have finally been finalized... we will be gone from January 12-19. I think that is one day more than was originally planned when we were supposed to go in May, but that's ok, what's one more day, right?????