foto friday: my rosanna

My friend Rosanna is a gem. When she moved here almost 5 years ago, we had no idea we’d become such good friends…or that she’d still be here five years later. The plan was a little shorter time in MN, but I am very glad God extended it and I’ve had her in my life for these years. Even when she and her husband Rob and son Jude leave for the wild West in October, we’ll stay close by any means possible. It’s just that kind of friendship – not one to be given up on just because distance gets in the way. 🙂

With our first pregnancies, our due dates were mere weeks apart. This time around, I’m further ahead by 15 weeks. I’m hoping our little missy makes her appearance before they move, so Rosanna can hold my sweet girl. We’re also betting on the fact that since Rosanna is so much sicker this time (like I was), she is having a girl too, but we won’t know that for a couple weeks still.

At any rate, its been so wonderful to share life with this beautiful woman. 🙂 The other day a mutual friend commented “I love how you guys do everything together!” And its true! We were married within weeks of each other and became newlyweds at the same time, started a small group with our guys and another couple (the awesome Gulbransons…I’ll talk about my dear friend Jes another time!), introduced each other to new music/places/fun, had our boy babies, did the new mom thing together, went to a MOMS group together, vacationed to Tahoe together, and now we’re awaiting the births of our second bebes. And believe it or not, we did NOT plan to match when we both showed up wearing the same. exact. dress. the other night. lol.

Many a fun girls night out has been had, many a cup of coffee and conversation at Starbucks and Caribou, many a chat on our couches, some tears shed as we bring our burdens to the Lord together, and many a laugh as we share the latest funny thing that our kid has done. I credit Rosanna with my vastly improved sense of style and makeup skills – she’s my personal shopping consultant and makeup guru. 🙂

Much has happened and changed in our lives over the past five years, but God’s love and faithfulness has remained constant and is evident in our lives. I will, without a doubt, miss her to pieces when she’s far far away in NV and CA, but thank God for FaceTime and text messages and Facebook and phone calls. Love you, Rosanna dear!

remembering grandma

Two years ago today, my wonderful Grandma Alice took her last breath here on earth and entered the presence of her Savior. A lot has changed in the past two years. Jackson joined our family (oh how I wanted her to meet him!), Nate was deployed, we celebrated many birthdays and two Christmases without her, and now another baby will be added to our family. Another baby that won’t get snobble-gobbled by its great-grandma. :sniff:

But I am thankful for every single day I did know her and love her. I am so glad we have pictures and videos and happy memories of the many wonderful times we spent together. And I sure look forward to the day when I will join her in heaven and see my Savior’s face.

Grandma would be so proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren over the past two years. High school graduations, college graduations, marriages, births, new adventures…she would have been so excited for every one of them. I think today I’ll make a mess in the kitchen in her memory – she always encouraged my delight of cooking and baking. And I really need to compile her recipes for the rest of the family – I’ve had them sitting in her recipe box since she died and they were given to me.

I miss you and love you, Grandma. Give Grandpa a hug for me and tell Jesus I can’t wait to see Him.