Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Behind the Scenes: The Meaning of the Mug

This isn't just a beautiful coffee mug - it was a going away gift from my best friend. Three weeks ago, we moved from Ohio to Texas and my dear friend gave me this mug with coffee, a necklace and a tear-jerking note of kindness and well-wishes. But is has so much more meaning than just a gift. This mug represents our friendship.

For almost 3 years, we got together for coffee almost every week. While our 7 kids (4 mine, 3 hers) played, we talked about everything - marriage, parenting, schooling options, potty training, Bible study: LIFE. With encouragement, accountability, giggles, tears, honesty,  prayer and coffee we saw each other through the ups and downs of life! Her bubbly personality and enthusiastic encouragement gave me the courage to try new things and finish hard tasks. This is true Christian fellowship!

I will miss those coffee/playdates greatly! But I trust God will use our now long distance friendship to still lift each other up. (Besides, we have to stay in touch - our boys are best buds and there is much talk of an arranged marriage between one of my girls and one of her boys.)

We both grew so much spiritually over the last 3 years, I also believe God used our time together to better prepare each of us to encourage other wives and moms who come into our lives to be passionate followers of Christ. Thank you Lord, for this amazing friendship!
Love you & miss you, Kari!


"Behind the Scenes" is a fun link up where we show those photos - but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it. - Crystal Stine
                                                         

16 comments:

  1. Taryn,
    Sounds like a precious friendship! I'm sure it was hard to leave her. I will pray that you have the sane kind of support structure (or even better) in your new home in TX!
    Bethany Woods

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    1. Bethany - thank you for all your prayers during our transition!

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  2. Those friendships are so priceless. Always good to hang onto them long-distance, but praying you find some new ones in Texas too!

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  3. Goodness, girl, you made me teary! I feel the same way...your friendship and wise advise have been priceless to me. Thank you for this sweet sentiment. Love you!

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    1. After Facetime last night I was missing you pretty bad :( But I know God has great things for both of us! Love you lots!

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  4. Hi Taryn! What a wonderful friend God gave you! She sounds like she could be your twin.

    I pray that you will find another friend who is after your own heart, and God's too.

    Blessings!
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you Ceil! She's a pretty special gal!

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  5. Love this...I have a few of those coffee mugs from friends I had to leave during our *nomadic* years. ;) Prayers for you as you settle in to your new place and home. God will give you those (in)RL friendships, but it's always worth it to keep investing in the long-distance ones, too! It sounds like you two have a wonderful friendship, one that will last forever...thank you for sharing! Happy Tuesday! :)

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    1. Happy Tuesday to you too, Mel! Thanks for your encouragement!

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  6. You are both such wonderful Christian women and both beautiful. Your love for your families and for Christ shows in all that you do. It encourages me to see young wives and moms with such devotion and Christ -centered lives. So many kids today don't even know the basic Bible stories.

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    1. Thank you Pam! You're such an encouragement - always making us feel like family! Love and miss you too!

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  7. Love this post. 10 years ago we moved across country and away from my very dear friend. She has great taste! Love the mug!!!

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  8. What a blessing your friendship is! I pray that your friendship will continue and you will find new friendship is Texas where the official motto is "Friendship".

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    1. Thanks Holly! I can believe that motto, so far I have experienced very friendly people in Texas!

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