So nice to catch up with Jennifer Petterec after oh, about 11 years!
When I was in Orlando, I was lucky enough to catch up with some old friends from college. One night, I got to see Jimmy and Jennifer Petterec. I was on YouthQuest with Jimmy and Jen, and I remember them back in the day when they were just falling in love! Now, they've been married for 10 years, have two adorable kids, and have been in Youth Ministry for years. I really enjoyed laughing with them about 90s fashion, old memories, and hearing what God has done in their lives and marriage over the last decade. I also leaned in as they shared their experiences with youth ministry, since I'm back in the game on that. If you want some awesome recipe ideas and home decorating tips, check out Jennifer's blog.
I also got to see Reece and Erin Mashaw. I knew Reece in high school. He was actually a very important friend at a very important time in my life. I was a brand spanking new Christian, and Reece was my best friend. I learned so much about the Bible from him, and I respected him for being a quiet leader in our youth group, and just an all around nice guy who gave pretty much everyone a chance. He was also my Prom date. I got to know Erin also on YouthQuest. She can sing her tail off and is also one of the funniest girls I've ever met! :) They too have been married for a while, and have two adorable kids. And, get this - she's pregnant with TWINS. You should definitely check out Reece's blog, he writes about life in a way that reminds me of Francis Chan, so be ready to open your eyes and get your spiritual butt kicked every now and then. I loved catching up with them, and hearing their story of the twists and turns of life and family and ministry.
I came away from both of these visits with old friends with a deep sense of gratitude. I am friends with some awesome people who really love and serve the Lord. I realize now that I totally took that for granted when I was at Liberty, especially on YouthQuest. I think back to this amazing group of people, many of whom I'm still friends with, and I have to wonder - will I ever again be a part of such a great community?
I find it's harder to make friends as an adult. Maybe it's just me. Maybe it's because when you're a kid, or a college student, there's a level playing field, everybody is at the same place you are in life, for the most part. But as adults, everything varies. Some people have jobs, some people don't. Some people are married, some have kids, some are unhappily married, some can't have kids and are full of sorrow, some are divorced, some have older kids, or babies, or jobs they hate, or they move away. It's all different.
I have friends in my current community. At work. At church. Even here in the apartment complex where we live. But my best friend on the planet.... lives in Thailand. And, I miss her dearly.
I have a history of being serial monogamous with my best friends. And, honestly, right now, I'm lonely. I miss having those close knit friends, yet, I find myself reluctant to make such friendships. Maybe I'm afraid of the vulnerability? Maybe I'm just tired. I don't know.
I wish these friends lived here instead of in Florida.