We talked on the phone after being sent each other's numbers and I knew within moments that she was a "kindred spirit". (Remember Anne of Green Gables and Diana...same thing :) ) We are as a different as night and day, but kindred spirits all the same :) We moved into Clemson together and begin making our way as transfer students.
We went to our first games together, led a Bible study together, went to events together....shared our families with one another. We lived in an on-campus apartment together, eventually moved into an apartment off campus...and then back into a dorm room....all together. Even though we are incredibly different....Bethany is tall, sensitive, emotional, and discerning...I'm short, to-the-point, logical, and daring...we became the sisters we'd never had.
We both spent a lot of weekends driving to see our out-of-town boyfriends. Her's proposed on Easter...mine..just after Labor Day. So we planned our very different weddings together...and giggled, prayed over, and discussed all that we knew and didn't know about marriage.
Bethany and me with our wonderful men at the shower they threw for us!
Bethany and me with our moms for the lingerie shower we threw for her :)
At our weddings :)
As we've traveled through early marriage and starting careers together, we have kept up on the phone, texts, and countless BBMs :) Many things have changed in our lives just in two years. This past November, Bethany's sweet grandfather passed away. On Thanksgiving, Ma also passed away. It was a hard time for both of our families, but as God was taking life to heaven, He was also sending it to Earth. The day after Christmas, Bethany called to tell me she was pregnant. 3 days later, I called her to confirm that I was too! We started planning and talking about this next precious phase of life! We both went to our first appointments and got our due dates...two days apart :)
Bethany and me at 34 weeks
Bethany has been an amazing friend...we have called each other in the middle of the night to ask about strange symptoms...called after doctor visits to see if her doctor had said what my doctor had said...you get the idea. Even though Bethany lives in Charlotte, it has been such a blessing to walk through pregnancy together. It means so much to have someone to talk to who is literally going through exactly what you are!
And today....Bethany's moment is HERE! Anna Grace was born at Friday, August 27th, weighing 8lbs and is 20 inches long. She is a beautiful, beautiful little girl...as I knew she would be. Anna Grace has received "grace upon grace" in having Bethany as a mother. She will always have a lady of grace, beauty, and wisdom to model for her what being a woman of God is all about.
I'm glad you're here Anna Grace. I'm grateful for you Bethany.
Carter...I'm sure you get the hint :) Anna Grace was due two days before you....so.....