I was tagged to blog about the 4th picture in my 4th folder; this is quite an old one. It is from Elise's high school graduation almost three years ago.
At the time, we thought Elise would be attending the University of Georgia, only an hour or so away from our house. Since Elise and I had not lived in the same city since she was six years old, I was so excited. I had visions of us seeing each other more often, getting to know each other better, and generally strengthening our sisterhood while we were close. During the summer, she found out she had been accepted to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and her plans changed.
When I decided to stay in Atlanta, I always thought I would go "home" to Memphis one day. Over the years, I realized my place is here, though I miss my family terribly, especially as our family grows. I now realize I can not create or replace a sister bond, and I wish the three of us were together so we could share life the way I see other sisters do. I am often very aware that I am on my own here in Atlanta. There are certainly lonely days.
But I am thankful for my husband, who is my best friend, and I would never trade the life we have together. And I am thankful for his wonderful family and our excellent friends, and would not trade them, either. And the church we call home has facilitated my spiritual growth in ways I can't imagine having happened if I were not here. So I continue to live each day where God has called me - expectantly, thankfully, and happily.
NOW, if you have the time, I tag Lindsay, Christine, and Kimberly to blog about the 5th picture in their 5th folders. I enjoy this game of looking back and reflecting!