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July Through the iPhone

2 August 2013
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I know it’s customary to say something like, “I can’t believe July is over already,” but I can.

I’m counting down to a vacation in September. We usually take a week away in July, and I feel like my body – or my soul – got used to that. The way your body gets used to getting up at a certain time in the morning, or fasting on a particular day of the week.

But that’s not July’s fault, and so while July was busier than I would have liked, it wasn’t bad.

And as I watched photos flick past, onto the computer during the monthly phone-dump, I quickly realized how blessed July was.

July was about friends.

Dump July 1

Friends who show up with window air-conditioning units when it gets super-hot. Friends that you get excited to buy gifts for. Friends who hand-down high-chairs, and friends who cut hair, and friends that you drive through several towns to visit in the name of a farmer’s market and a chocolate cafe. Friends who share their stage.

Old friends who come back as new friends. Family members who start to feel more like friends and less like lots. The saying goes that you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Turns out, though, that you can choose friends from among your family too.

Then there were new friends, because everyone is a potential friend to The Meatball – even baby dolls wrapped on mannequins. Every dog he sees is a new friend, and when the dog and its person (Pam) sit down and chat for an hour about art and God and husbands you realize that The Meatball is right again. 

As I sat last night and dropped pictures into a Photoshop file, I couldn’t help but be just a little overwhelmed at our friends. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I don’t know what we’d do without our little village. The Meatball would suffer for it.

Because we could do it. We could be a little family unit and raise him in a vacuum, but we’d be robbing him. I love that he’s going to grow up with so many awesome people in his life.

I also love that I’m growing up with so many awesome people in my life. Before I push all the pictures and hide behind his cute cheeks, I have to admit that I don’t know where Husband or I would be without all of our awesome friends. We’d be sweating at night and much less caffeinated, but we’d also be crankier and even more stressed out and much weaker in our faith.

Dump July 2

So shout-out, and a huge Thank You, to all the awesome people in our lives for … being in our lives. Not for the window units or the pools or the coffee breaks (although we appreciate those too), but more for thinking of us and stopping for us and going out of your way for us and meeting us and inviting us and helping us and loving us.

We try to gift and invite and think of and pray for and meet in return, but as I scroll up – back through the snapshots of just one month of our incredibly blessed lives – I’m sure we don’t do it enough.

Love you guys

And you? Count the ways you love your friends? Or what was July about for you?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2 August 2013 7:27 PM

    When I looked at all the pictures, it reminded me of you counting your blessings. We love you and your little family and I am blessed in return, especially yesterday when I got four(4) sloppy wet kisses from Niah. I think he loves this grandma too. Bonnie

    • Lex permalink
      3 August 2013 8:44 AM

      He absolutely loves his Grandma! 🙂

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