Every one of us has certain people in our lives with whom we can be completely ourselves. No need to say certain things or not say certain things; you can let down your guard and just relax without worrying about keeping the conversation going or what's next on the agenda for the day. People who share your values and whose opinions you trust. People to whom you would even entrust your children should - God forbid - something happen to you.
We've been so blessed by a great circle of friends, many of whom are our former roommates from Western, who are examples to us of what it means to live a joyful, faith-filled life and whose goal it is to lead their families closer to Christ.
It was great to spend time with some of these friends this weekend. Now that most of us - except Bryan, who is going to have a whole world full of spiritual children when he's ordained to the priesthood in 2 years - have kids, it was nice to just sit in Jamie & Jessi's back yard watching the kids play in the sunshine and on the slip-n-slide and catch up a bit. I wish I could have stayed longer, and that Tom and Clare could have come down to join us...
To the Oaklands, the Mallahans, and the Mausses (and all our other friends who were not there) - we love you and we are so blessed to have you in our lives.