This is the Meck Family. Our Meck Family.
Seven years ago they walked into our church on a sunny Sunday in May. I knew the minute I saw them that we would be best friends. God whispered it to my heart.
You see, I had been praying for a friend. For myself, for my Hannie B, for my RedDog. A true friend. And there they were. God placed them right down into our neighborhood and into our lives.
I even had the audacity to tell Ronalin, whom I’d only met two minutes earlier, “I’m going to be your new best friend.” Creepy? Maybe. But I knew it from the start.
We’ve been inseparable ever since.
And now they are moving far away. The sadness that will occur in our home when they leave cannot be measured. They are a part of our daily lives.
Ronalin and I are kindred spirits. She is one of the truly good people in this world. And she makes me laugh the gut and side splitting laugh of true friendship. We’ve been through a lot together. A whole, whole lot.
RedDog and Chris Meck have been best friends since they were three. Two sweet boys who want to do what is right and can rely on each other when other boys are being stupid and mean.
Hannie B. and Abby (or Abbykedabby, as I like to call her) are two of the cutest, sassiest girls in town. They love being goofy together and I love that they can be themselves around each other.
And then there are Lucy and Owlie. You’ve seen them. They are our miracle babies – both conceived after trials with infertility. They love each other fiercely. Owlie can’t imagine a life without Lucy, so when I tell him she’s moving, he can’t wrap his brain around it.
When they leave, we will be empty.
Today is Ronalin’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Nin. I’m so glad I get to have one last birthday where we’re together! You are an amazing friend, mom, wife, and sister. I really lucked out when I prayed and got you for a friend. You really are the best!