If you would have told me 15 years ago that I would be celebrating the upcoming birth of my childhood best friend’s baby girl, I wouldn’t have believed you. But sometimes life is funny that way. Sometimes you and the person you spend every waking moment with as a little girl end up finding new best friends and end up going in different directions. I’m so glad that regardless of new friendships, different colleges, different careers, and different states, sometimes friendships last. And I’m so thankful that every once in awhile life brings you back into each others lives.
Laura and I met in Mrs. Anderson’s first grade class at Hagen Elementary in Sterling, Colorado. Here’s some of the very things that I loved about Laura in 1987:
- She had freckles.
- Her family owned a feedlot but since I didn’t really understand what that was at the time, it just seemed like a big farm.
- Her family took vacations and sometimes took me with them.
- She got to listen to Madonna and Vanilla Ice, both of which I was forbidden to listen to.
- She had a trampoline.
- She had the same love for animals that I did (frogs, crickets, dogs, birds**)
We were the best of friends for several years. In high school we migrated into new social circles, and then made our way to different colleges, several states away from each other. Nearly ten years later Laura found herself moving to Portland, Oregon. These are some of the very things I love about Laura in 2011:
- She is extremely genuine.
- She is completely unafraid to laugh at herself.
- She’s tall but isn’t afraid to wear heels.
- She has a really awesome husband.
- She’s brilliantly talented and incredibly humble.
And now life is moving her thousands and thousands of miles away again. Sometimes life is funny that way.
So when she asked me to make the cake for her baby shower before her big move, I felt blessed, lucky, and incredibly thankful that I was in a place, geographically, that it was possible.
She asked for a pregnant belly cake. I had never seen one before, but I was smitten from the first picture I saw, and couldn’t wait to create one just for her.
It was a sweet day. I got to catch up with her beautiful mama who I haven’t seen for almost a decade.
I was overwhelmingly excited to have been able to have lovely conversation with her wonderful sister-in-law who has become a close friend of mine over the past couple of years. And I got to share in her joy as she celebrated her soon to be born baby girl.
**Laura, PLEASE tell me you remember the birds…you know, the ones we “saved” from the thunderstorm?