While Wendy was in, we hung out at the house, watching some of our favorite shows and baking some yummy treats. We definitely splurged the first Monday we spend together! Its probably one of my favorite memories of her visit too! We watched Dancing with the Stars together, ate biscuits, queso and chips, and chocolate cake! Yes..we ate all of that in one evening and no, we didn't get sick!!
I also showed her how I shop..as in..when we go shopping around here we make a whole day of it! I put a new meaning to 'shop till you drop' in Wendy's eyes! We went out more than I normally do at any given time, but I wanted to make sure she got to see everything while here! Yes, we spent a lot of money but more so we made some great memories! We even had Makayla's yearly pictures made at Target when we went out once and believe me, I was very grateful for the extra set of hands to help me that day!
There are just some things that is easier when you have a friend with you. Like rounding a wild 3 year old into a shopping cart, getting something to eat, or just having an extra set of hands available that you can trust 110% with your child. That is something that is rare, at least for me.
There are very few people I totally trust with my child, and Wendy is definitely at the top of the list. I'm not only grateful for that, but the beautiful friendship we have developed over the 15 years we've known each other. There are family members I wouldn't trust half as much as I do her with Makayla and I think that says a lot.
As if all of the above wasn't grate enough, the best part of her visit came just a few short days before she was to head back home. Wendy has always loved our church. She's always expressed how much love she felt each time she's visited from all the members of our congregation and has even made good friends with a few of them and keeps in touch via Facebook. Part of her visit was due to the fact that she wanted to be baptized at our church!!!!! It was a huge blessing and an even bigger one, that I got to witness my best friends baptism! Praise God! Though there are many details leading up to the baptism I won't mention on here, I will say this..God was in it. He was in it before it ever happened. God placed it upon her heart to be baptized. God let me know in that still small voice that she wanted to be baptized, before she even verbalized it to me. After she told me, God allowed the trip to happen, effortlessly. Things just fell into place from her getting the appropriate time off of work to us having the time to fix up the spare bedroom for her arrival. And to think there for a little while, we didn't know if it was even going to happen. There were tears shed, hugs given, and reassurance passed along during that time. But it was just that, a small trial. God was in it. He was in it all. And it was worth it.
Though she's back home now, I miss her. Every time I walk back into 'her' room, I remember the times we shared together. The fun times, the laughter, and the concerns. It was a time I'll treasure forever and look forward to the day we get to see each other again.