The (counter) Announcement

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Well, it's official.

It's hard to describe how I feel.

We met those crazy kids in Target in 2007. After discovering that we were both here for Seminary {and meeting in the bookshelf aisle, no less}, we exchanged phone numbers -- but I was a little too nervous to call. Thankfully, they called us & invited us over for dinner. We went, had fun, and returned the favor. And the rest, as they say, is history.

















I remember finding out they were pregnant! I remember getting the text like it was yesterday: "Dear Crousers, Penelope Jane Theule says hello." I remember visiting them at the hospital and bursting into tears at the sight of her. The memories have been flooding in lately.

















For a year and a half, we commuted back and forth to an apartment not far from us. Last summer we convinced them to move across the hall. They said they would if we'd take a trip to California with them. So we did. And they did. And for the past year and a half we've had so much fun being neighbors. Can you imagine? Shared dinners, shared burdens, shared joys, shared lives. If I can't find something, there's a good chance Alicia has it. {Or Penelope threw it under the couch. Or Arthur ate it?} If Alicia cooks something amazing, there's a good chance we don't have to make dinner that night! If they come home to find their dishes done, it was probably me. If I come home to sweet notes on my door, hung suspiciously low and written in crayon, it was probably them Penelope.

I could go on.

















And I know it sounds like they're dying, and they're not, and I know it will be ok. But they've been our best friends for three years. And I don't want them to go.















God is great, and wise! My grandmother penned those words to me in a letter once, and I hold them dear (even the comma splice). Especially, I find, when I feel like I have nothing else to hold.

Fred & Ethel, we know.
We know it's what's best for you.
We know God is great, and wise.
We know it's not how you imagined it, either.

We just hope you know
That we love you.
And we're really going to miss you.

7 comments:

Laurin said...

Such a sweet post, even though I don't know Fred and Ethel! Oh, Beth. I'm sorry....parting is such sweet sorrow. Well, it's not really sweet if you ask me.

Meg said...

I'm sorry Beth- I know that goodbyes are so so hard. But like you said, God is great and he has a purpose in all of this.

Stephanie said...

What sweet words for your sweet friends. I feel your pain, Beth. My best friend moved from Phoenix to Atlanta a few years ago, and it was one of the hardest things ever. Of course, now you guys have an excuse to go visit California :)

Casey said...

visit...or move next door. personally, i'd prefer the latter.

katy said...

ahh beth. i'm sorry. if it makes you feel any better, my best friend lives on the very farthest side of the country so i know how it feels. you should move out here!

Alicia said...

Sigh.
So sad, and sweet.
We love you guys.

Just come with us? We've got a really big truck..

Beth said...

So sorry Beth I know it's not easy on either side. You can come visit, or move here. It's been neat and a blessing to both your families to have been living across the hall from eachother. How fun!!

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