In my new book on female friendship, THE HEALING POWER OF GIRLFRIENDS: How to Create Your Best Life Through Female Connection, I speak about one of the characteristics of a thriving friendship as sharing in each other’s joys and celebrations. And, this past weekend, that is exactly what my husband and I did! We attended the magical wedding of our longtime friends’ daughter and shared an epic time with old friends from our college days.
Many moons ago, when my husband and I were dating we decided to set up his roommate and my roommate on a blind date! The stars were aligned and they were a match made in Heaven! They married and the rest is history! Fast forward now nearly 40 years later, and here we are attending their daughter’s wedding just outside Austin, Texas! A lovely wedding, a glowing and beautiful bride, and a handsome and smiling groom! It was a delightful event for so many reasons!
First, we were incredibly happy for the newlyweds who are beaming with love and joy for each other and their new status as “MR. & MRS.” As they were photographed for the first time following the “I DO’s” a brilliant double rainbow revealed itself on cue! How perfect is that?
Second, we had the honor of sharing this amazing celebration with the happy couple and our dear friends, the parents of the Bride, who continue to be in our very close knit circle of friends. Sharing these joys of monumental life celebrations is priceless and precious! We truly treasure these times for the richness they bring to us!
Third, we are blessed to share these events with our other dear friends, who have become our family! Although we all live in different states and don’t see each other much, we always pick up where we left off. It is like no time has even passed.
What were my takeaways from this wedding weekend? They are simple:
*Treasure the gift of friendship for the special part it has played in your life story
*Make it a PRIORITY to share the joys of special events, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, for these are moments we will always hold close to our hearts.
*Be grateful for the magical moments in time! A double rainbow, a falling star, or a glorious sunset, they connect us yet again, with the awe and wonder of our Creator. God winks, for sure!