Whenever someone throws a party and invites people from different areas of their lives, it’s customary to introduce them to each other. That was the case for me at a St. Patrick’s day part on Friday night. It was thrown by one of the church staff and involved a lot of folks from church, but there were also his wife’s coworkers and family, which made for some necessary introductions.
So that’s what I thought I would do today. Last week I talked about the difficulty I have in making friends. Well, obviously I don’t lack for friends since some of you are here. And I thought now would be a good time to introduce you to each other. My criteria for introductions is simple – if you’ve posted a comment and I know you from some other area of my life, I will introduce you. Otherwise, if I only know you through online stuff (LEA, or you just wandered onto this blog), you will have to introduce yourself through a comment. And if you’re a friend and have just been lurking but haven’t commented, I can’t introduce you because I don’t know you’re here. Got it? Here we go:
First off, I have to start with my best friend, my husband, the love of my life, Travis. We have been married for more than seven years now. You know from this blog that we have our ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade our life together for anything. We met in college and started dating in my sophomore year. Despite some time broken up, we got married six months after I graduated, during his last year at the seminary, and have now had five homes together (I can’t believe we’ve lived that many places in only seven years, but it’s true!).
That’s a perfect segue way to Bethany, whom I have known since I was 16 and I am sure has moved more in her married life than I have (husband’s in the military). She was the counselor at Camp Luther who supervised CIT’s (Counselors-In-Training) and JS’s (Junior Servants, which I was at the time). I was also assigned to stay in her cabin for the two weeks I stayed. In a lot of ways, she was the closest thing I had to a big sister when I was in college, being that I would ask her advice on things that I was going through. We wrote letters, then emails, and have only seen each other once since that summer, when I was passing through Omaha to see my parents in western Nebraska and she was home visiting her parents who live there. She’s a great cheerleader, encourager, and crafter, and sent the best care packages I ever got!
Speaking of college, I already mentioned Becky in my last post. Becky and I were roommates for a few years in college, and had to live together to become friends (we didn’t get along very well before that). We’ve watched many a crappy chick flick together, probably why they continue to be a guilty pleasure of mine. She’s the first person I call or email when I head to Minnesota and would have been maid of honor at my wedding if I wasn’t so close to my sister.
Jim is another school friend, but in a much different capacity. He and I went through an online master’s degree program several years ago, meeting once a week for chat sessions plus continued back-and-forth bulletin board and email discussions. While he is older than I am (I won’t say how much older, but enough that my husband need not worry about this friendship), I cherish our discussions and the way he can challenge me to think about things from another angle.
Jaime and her husband Jason (though I don’t know if he reads this blog) are a couple that I got to know briefly in the Buffalo area. Jason is a DCE, and Jaime is a new mom (sorry, Jaime, I can’t remember if you work or not or what it is that you do!). Had we lived closer to each other, I think we would have spent more time together, but I think it’s harder to get together with friends just for fun when you get busy with the stuff of life. College was much easier to just hang out with people. But they are both really cool and their daughter is super cute!
Finally, two new people in my life who have commented are Sheri and Kathleen. I’m still getting to know them but they have both been incredible about sharing themselves with me since we’ve landed in our new church home. They are both members and sweet as can be. Sheri is in ChristCare training with me, and we’ve had some great conversations, including a bit of a teasing fest over teaching VBS, which I have decided I will do with her (let’s see if she still reads this to know my answer!). Kathleen took me to lunch one day and we talked about books quite a bit, and now I have a pile that she has lent to me – between her and the libraries around here I won’t have to spend any money on Amazon (which will thrill my husband)!
Anyway, this was a long post, but I hope all of you have had a chance to get to know the people in my life that are here on this blog. Speak up if I didn’t mention you! I hope you all have a wonderful day.
Travis Pittock said:
I LOVE YOU! Thanks… you make me cry (tears of joy) almost every time I read this blog. Same to you… I would never trade what the Lord has blessed us with, our marriage, for anything! Thanks for being my wife, my best friend, my supporter, encourager, and my greatest joy and blessing. Sorry about all the houses…but hey…praise the Lord for what we have now :)! Love ya! ! Your Honey!
Hey! Actually I am staying at home now… so you didn’t miss anything. 🙂 And we’ve lived in 5 places since we got married too!
Hey Steph, I am here, too (thanks to your FB announcement)!
I am Jessica -I too lived with Stephanie in college – one year as roommates, 4 years as friends there : ) I am a pastor’s wife in the Bronx and a stay at home mom to 2 with a 3rd on the way through adoption. I have found that stay at home mom doesn’t mean inactive becuase everyone thinks I have more time to do things around church since I don’t work outside the home. Most of my time is spent volunteering with the LWML and our teen girl’s group.
bethany actually said:
Let’s see, since we got married, Troy and I have lived in six different houses, two hotels for a month or more, and I lived with my parents for eight months once between moves when he was deployed. So…I win?
I had forgotten those care-package days! I used to love sending those so much. I am so glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
I can hardly believe we’ve only seen each other ONCE in 15 years. I hope you do make it out to San Diego one day soon!
I wish I was young enough to worry Travis. Not that I would worry him, because you have too strong a relationship to barge into – just that most of the time I feel like it would be nice to be younger.
I value our relationship because we can throw those ideas back and forth and it is good for both of us. Thanks, Stephanie.
Travis Pittock said:
Don’t worry Jim! I never have to worry about that 🙂 I am blessed with the most loyal wife ever. She is awesome. If you read today’s blog, the only thing I ever worry about is the fact that sometimes I cannot get her away from a good book 🙂 Ha ha!
Yay! I was laughing out loud as I read your post! I’m so tickled that we will be teaching VBS together this summer – it will make the week more fun for me/ us for sure! I know we will make a great team!
It was nice to hear about the people on your post – to understand a bit how you are connected.
Now I have bookmarked your blog, so I will be able to check it more regularly!!
PS Don’t forget to place your name on the VBS sign up board before someone beats you to it!
Wow, 2 shout-outs in just as many posts. What a treat! It’s true, it took living together for Steph and I to be friends. It’s a funny story, but I’m SO thankful it happened. I’m extremely thankful for our friendship Steph and am deeply touched by your comments. Any plans on coming to/through/near MN any time soon? I’d love to come visit your new home…maybe sometime this summer?
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Donna L. Johnson said:
Bethany does have an amazing eye for “little fun things” to put in a care package. My favorite was the box of 44 crayons in James’ birthday box. I don’t even remember where we were living at the time (I suppose I could figure it out) but I remember those crayons. I’m sure I have them somewhere…