One of my hubby's sisters (he has four) visited us last week. Cassie lives in NC with her hubby and kiddos. We used to live in NC, too. I moved there right after our wedding to join Joel who had already been living there a little while. We said our vows in Oklahoma, said good-bye to my family at the church and went on a week long honeymoon. That honeymoon ended at our new home in NC. So, after the whirlwind of wedding stuff, I was immediately transplanted to a new state! Cassie was the only person besides my hubby that I knew. And she was great! She welcomed me with open arms. She was careful to include me in so many activities and make me feel right at home. She helped me stencil a border in my new kitchen. She invited me into her home on the nights my hubby traveled to seminary. We spent lots of time doing scrapbooks, making Christmas cards and other craft projects. Our families spent Easter and Thanksgiving together. We celebrated birthdays, she babysat my daughter....We became more than sisters-in-law. I count her as friend!
It was fun to have her and her family here this past week. Even though we see each other a lot less than we used to, and don't talk on the phone nearly as much as we should, I still love to be around her. Their visit was way too short, but lots of fun. Cassie and I stayed up way too late talking, but it was worth it. Friends are blessings...family who are friends are even better!