Sunday, June 13, 2010

Love the Smiths

God blessed us more than we could have imagined when he moved us to the apartment above the Smiths. I was eight months pregnant when we moved and was less than thrilled. We were moving from a gorgeous two bedroom apartment in Toluca Lake that we lived in for free. We were the apartment managers, which gave us a free place to live, plus a monthly pay check. It was the perfect set up for us with Caleb was in Seminary and a baby on the way. Well, long story, but when the owner of the complex found out I was pregnant, he fired us. He said they wanted a different look for their complex. Wow, I was in shock. We had three weeks to find a new place, and I was so pregnant the last thing I wanted to do was pack up my apartment.

Well, a year and half later and I can't imagine living anywhere, but here in Granada Hills. God provide all our need and so much more. And part of the so much more, was giving us an incredible friendship with the Smiths. We have loved getting to know them, enjoying meals with them, our kids playing together, having someone to borrow an egg from when I'm half way done a recipe and realize I cooked the last one for Elijah that morning! They've been an encouragement to us, they've challenged us, they've served us and loved us. Brooke helped out so much when I was on bedrest, caring for Elijah and making us meals. Elijah thinks he has two mommies, me and Brooke. He loves her and she cares for him like he's her own. When I say we're going to play with Shepherd and Mercy, he gets a huge grin on his face and points to the door saying, please, please. He can't wait to knock on their door and play.

We're so sad they are moving. We know it's best for them, but selfishly I don't want them to go. I'm in denial that this is my last week with them. We're soaking up all the time we can with them and thought a trip to the beach was a must before they go. So, Saturday we packed up and headed to Malibu. It was such a good time and I can't believe they're not going be here all summer to go with us. I actually better stop writing about how much I'm going to miss them cause I'm about to start crying...so to save me from tears here are the pictures from this weekend.

                              Brooke, Shepherd, and Mercy...Love Shepherds face! He's so cute.

                                 The Smith Family...
                                                Sweet Mercy

                                              Men and their boys...

Elijah after a wave splashed over him...it was so cold and we still couldn't keep him out of the water.
                                        Shepherd burying Elijah in the sand...

                              
 
He wanted to play football with the guys.


                                              
                                    Warming up.
                                
                                    I LOVE my family!
                                  Elijah's best buds...
                                We'll miss you guys!
                            

4 comments:

Stephen and Tiffany Seston said...

Awww. That is so sweet! I love our neighbors too! Isn't it amazing how god puts you exactly by who you need to be by?!?!

Brooke said...

Ok, so that made me cry!! I feel like it has been the other way around....you guys have been such a huge blessing to us! We are going to miss you SO much! I am in denial too but keep my hopes us that maybe one day you too will move to the south and we could be neighbors again!!! ;) We love y'all!!

Emma Leigh Harasick said...

Those are such sweet shots, Jess! I love the friendship your two families have!

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