Faith Hope Love

By now I think you all have heard the song, but here’s the story behind it.

Lori is the kind of friend that always makes you feel valued. She listens. Remembers. Pulls jokes from the archives that still make me laugh. She’s genuine and thoughtful. And jumps to your defense when she senses injustice. (I must admit, I love that about her!) When I stay at their house, she makes the event like a bed and breakfast: Towels on the bed with travel size shampoo & conditioner, a special tea in the morning for breakfast that always has a cool story because she knows I like tea, and a laid back breakfast in the dining room in PJ’s.

Lori and Alex had their first, Lily, five years back. At that time Lori lived closer. I’d go over to hold Lily or give her a goodnight hug, and then Lori and I would simultaneously watch and co-comment on The Bionic Woman (apparently, and entertainingly, my namesake) or the, ehem, Bachelor. (Don’t you go judge!) At that time writing songs for the babies wasn’t even a thought.

Then she had her second, Adeline. Then they moved away. Okay, like 40 minutes away. It’s not that far. But it’s not that close, either. They moved to their dream house – a log cabin on a lot of land where they could raise their girls to appreciate the simple things, to love deeply and the live well. Which they do! I’m always being introduced to a new animal like when they got chickens. And then the rabbit. And then the ducks.

There’s something that Lori does with her girls that grows my heart. She teaches her girls who I am when I’m not there. I don’t often get to spend time with Lily and Addie. But every time I come, the girls have been prepped that I’m coming and Lori’s reminded them of who I am and OUR stories together. Lori, you’ve taught me something that means a lot to me personally, and something I want to pass along to MY family one day. It’s such a beautiful representation of how we should live our lives: recalling the stories, remembering the value of relationship and esteeming those we love. I am forever grateful for the friendship you extend and the example that you live.

Lori and Alex are incredible parents, and when I sat down to pray for both Lily and Addie these verses from Ephesians:

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

That’s exactly what I wanted to write about for these two girls.

Lori & Alex, they know that this is what YOU want for them, and what a gift you give with that message!