Friday, September 25, 2009

A Friend When You Need Her Most

I've been a bit sad the past couple of days. Nothing huge, just a few things that didn't quite go my way. However, I was blessed with a visit from my friend Shaye. We met through our work with the Nebraska Friends of Midwives and since we live just shy of 400 miles apart, we'd not yet met in person.

(I had however read Shaye's birth story of her youngest son. Several times. Makes me cry each time. And laugh when I get to the part about her grabbing her headphones and singing her way through each contraction.)

That all changed today. Shaye's hubs had a conference in the nearby city, and their whole family packed up in the van and road tripped out. They even packed up in the van again this morning and came out to visit me! Her sweeties are 6, 4, and 17 months. (I pirated the picture above from her little one's first birthday. Of course, I didn't pick my camera up a single time they were here!)

Once they got here, we loaded BACK up in their van and went over to the farm to feed cats, pet kittens, chase chickens, and talk to cows. We also took a windshield tour of the area, including the pigs. We then came back home for some lunch, and I think between Shaye and me, we may have put together six complete sentences to each other. But it was wonderfully delightful as it was!

Since my Goose is an only honker and we don't get out much, I always wonder how she'll be with other kids. It started about as expected - "MY slide!" MY bike!" "MY baby Jesus toys!" (Nativity set) But after we came back from the farm, they were all a big jumble playing and having a great time. I think Goose especially took a shine to the 4-year-old . . . I don't know if I'm ready for her to be interested in "older men" yet but if she is, this would be a good one. :>)

So, in the midst of a bit of rain, God sent me a beautiful rainbow in this visit. Come back to the farm soon, Shaye, we miss you already!!

For more Finer Things, go visit another friend Amy - when are you coming back to Nebraska, anyway, Amy? :>)


Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a wonderful way to brighten your day! I love when friends can stop by and visit and it sounds like you all had such a lovely time. Now I want to come out and visit you too! Well, next time I'm in Nebraska, I'll be sure to let you know. ;-)

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

That would be awesome, Valerie! :>) 'Cause, you know, Nebraska is on the way from anywhere to everywhere . . . hee hee!

Lori said...

That sounds like fun fun fun!! I recently got to meet a "friend" in had never met in person. And I know what you mean about not taking pictures. I'm a camera fiend who drives my kids nutty...yet I only took ONE picture when my friend was here...and it wasn't even of was of our kiddos! Oh well, too fun talking to stop and take pictures. :)

Angela said...

What a wonderful visit!

I hope all is okay!

And I know what you mean about the only child thing, somedays Isabella does great with sharing with other kids, other days everything is "MINE!". She's in desperate need of a sibling, that girl of mine . . .

Heather said...

Oh, I'm all choked up now! What an AMAZING story. We used a CNM in a hospital for our little one's birth, but I'm thinking the birth center will probably be our place of choice next time. What amazing determination and committment she has! So great.

Thanks for sharing and glad you all got to meet. The internet makes the world a little smaller sometimes, doesn't it?


2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Girl, I just wanted to say I LOVE YOU and I'm so glad we got to have those 6 sentences in person!! And I absolutely loved reading this post. I'm slowly catching up on blogland and OH how I have missed reading your lovely blog (for so long).

Anyway, we (of course) enjoyed our visit so much. I've been looking over the pictures I snapped while there and really, really wishing we had shot one of us together. I enjoyed hanging out in your home and the kids loved the farm, too. They were so excited about that silly egg we brought home with us as if it was going to hatch another sibling for them (it was delicious, by the way).

We can't wait to venture out your way again some day! Maybe we can make it for HHS hearings this next year. Woohoo!