Tuesday, October 14, 2008

prepare yourself. it's a long story.

so my best pal kelly. you know this one? this one? yeah. her.

she just had a baby. and while i was/am happy for her, i was a little sad the day she delivered because reality had sunk in that i probably wouldn't meet her until she was walking and talking. because kelly didn't meet goo until she was two months shy of her second birthday. pitiful.

rewind to about a year ago. when kelly and i are talking on the phone, and she tells me about a horrible skiing accident that happened to a seventeen-year-old boy. he broke his back. this family goes to kelly's church. this boy's mother watched kelly's first child when she returned to work about five years ago. let's just say close family friends.

so i've been praying consistently for this boy by name. he's "fine" now. will never ski again. but apparently is back to "normal." and he's a senior.

fast forward to two days ago. his mom calls kelly and asks if i was coming to visit anytime soon. kelly tells her no. she asks if kelly thinks i would be willing to come up there and photograph her son for his senior portraits. she'll use her frequent flyer miles to get me there. and oh! how about janet come a couple of days early so she can spend some time with you and lizzy?

but there's a small catch. said senior has to turn in a yearbook picture by november 8.

um, please tell me you see where this story is going.

next saturday (the 25th), i get to board a plane for MONTANA and head out west to see my best friend, her baby, and meet the boy i've been praying for.

God is so good. you know why? (other than all of those things?) buz mentioned "now, you know. that is the week i was planning to take off anyway?" seriously.

my life freaking rocks.

so i'm leaving saturday and coming back on wednesday. i'm killing like fifteen birds with one stone.

16 comments:

Colored With Memories said...

isn't amazing to see God's hand in every aspect of this story?

have a wonderful time...old friends are the best!

Colored With Memories said...

"it"...isn't IT amazing...geez!

need more coffee....

Colored With Memories said...

"it"...isn't IT amazing...geez!

need more coffee....

Colored With Memories said...

and then i got impatient and hit the silly button twice...okay, i'm leaving your blog for good now and not looking back to see what other typos i made....how's that for 4 early morning comments!?!

Jenna said...

That is the BEST story ever!!! This makes me extremely happy on this Wednesday morning! I am so glad for ya'll - I know it will be an amazing trip!

Jeff and Steph said...

Wow, that is awesome! I'm sure they will all be so blessed by the pics you will take of them.

Totally Rad said...

knockin' 'em outta' the sky!

so excited for you. what a perfect end to a really wonderful story... and this boys mom?! i have no words.

R said...

i love it when everything comes together so nicely like that! have a great time!

Courtney said...

What an Amazing story!! What a blessing for everyone involved. Thanks for sharing it :-)

ispeakbeanish said...

Oh how awesome! God does pull things together!

Casey said...

oh my...have SUCH fun! God is so good, isn't he? WOW! safe travels:)

Alana said...

I'm so happy for you! That is amazing. God is good. And the fact that you're being shipped across the country expressly for taking someone's pictures. Seriously cool. How awesome are you!

Jenna said...

ok, the new backdrop/header is rockin my world right now.

Courtney said...

I love the new blog look!

Ummmm.....not sure how you feel about being "tagged", but I tagged you in my latest blog post. That's what new friends are for!!!! :-)

Life In Progress said...

Love the story. Love that you get to go to Montana (why not stop in IL on your way?). Love that it all worked out. Love the new look. Love the new picture of Big H and Goo. Love that you can relate to the joyful and not-so-joyful parts of opinionated children.

Anyway, have a great trip. Can't wait to see the pics and hear the stories.

Jenna said...

I miss you!!! Hope your time in Montana has been FABULOUS!!!!