Music plays through my head.
And the words just flow.
Beautifully and perfectly onto the page.
I stand on stage, hands wide, crying, Lord, I need you, oh, I need you.
How true that always is.
This week in particular.
I look back on Monday.
We all stood on the porch, collapsing into tears- each and every one of us.
My heart broke in half as I watched a grown man, who has become like my older brother, cry. He hugged William and Jonathan. And I could hardly bare it.
I remember the dance parties.
And the movie nights. The time we watched Lion King 1 1/2 and ate Blow Pops.
The homework chair. The long afternoons at the pool.
"You're going to be one of my bridesmaids, aren't you?"
"Will you make the baby's scrapbook?"
"Harper's going to be a big sister!"
I kissed her sweet forehead, memorizing her sweet features, her laughs and giggles.
I hugged her tightly, not wanting to let go. Not wanting her to leave.
"I love you."
She wiped the tears from her cheeks. That was only the third time I had ever seen her cry.
My vision was blurred with tears as I tried to hold it together, tried to be strong.
We walked off, they got in their car, and drove. And drove. And drove.
On Monday, Amanda, Nick, Harper and baby girl on-the-way left for California.
I dreaded the day we'd have to say goodbye.
But it came and went.
And I can now look back and think, He was faithful once again.
This week I have written.
I have prayed.
I have stayed close to my Jesus.
And He has proven himself so faithful to me.
I'm going to miss them more than I can say.
But, I can't wait to visit California to see my favorite almost one year old, her mom and dad, and her sweet baby sister.
Once again this week- He has been faithful to remind me of His promises. I don't think He will ever let me forget that He will always be faithful. No matter what.
Amanda, Nick, Harper, and little miss Mckinley(I love having a name for you, sweet baby), I love you guys. And though I'd rather you be here, I know God wants you there. So go ahead and find some awesome things for us to do when we come visit next summer. Thanks for everything from the dance parties to letting me help with wedding planning and everything in between. Be safe. And Harper- don't you ever forget I was your favorite in our family from the very beginning!
Love, Bailey Elizabeth