I never thought someone like me would ever live close to a place like this. This is the California coast, on our way back from our honeymoon. What a beautiful creation. Matt mentioned how he missed California, and once he said it, I knew I felt the same way. I'm unsure if I can put into words exactly what I miss. I know without question, we miss our close friends and the fellowship they brought. I know we miss seeing the mountains, now so far away. Taking drives up the mountain, to sip a glass of wine and watch the sun set. I think what I feel I miss most, is the freedom it brought into our lives, in beginning a new adventure in marriage and the freedom God gave us in learning more of who we are, as his children. I miss our friends Dane and Jillie, who with so much love and trust in their eyes, aloud us to open up to them from the very first evening we met them, and aloud us to be vulnerable by making us feel so cared for and safe with our deep buried thoughts and sin out on the table. I miss our friends Cindy and Nick, who are filled with so much Love for God and are so joyful to spread the Love of God to others through their actions, prayer, and words. I love our friend's pure hearts, their free spirit. Who opened their home, week after week for us to come in and all be together in devotion and prayer. What a splendid blessing. I am reminded day after day by the fruit that has come from this group of people, and that has continued to be a fresh and joyful memory.
I cannot emphasize the importance of how having a young marrieds group in the first year of our marriage has transformed our lives; How much fruit has blossomed and grown from the trees and continues to just cover the grounds.
Dane & Jillie, Matt & I, and Cindy & Nick.