Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Friends and Family

You know what they say, you can't pick your family but you can pick your friends. I've said this before, if you are lucky to find good friends you hold on to them!! This past weekend I was inspired to take some pictures for our friends, The Alvelos'. Pete left today for 5 1/2 months and I wanted to give him something that he could hold on to for that time. I wanted to give him a piece of his family to take along, so we set up a photoshoot. The love in their family shines through their pictures. I was in tears with every click of the shutter. Being a Navy family you deal with separation all the time. Some women just move on as soon as their husbands are gone, but in their case it's hard to just move on. Pete is not just a husband, but a great father and a great friend to Isabel and to us. We will miss you while you are gone, but celebrate when you get back.


Oberon said...

......what is the most important thing?....read the way of peace and answer the question.

Isabel said...

One again I am in tears, good tears though. It brings me peace to know that I have you to lean on when I feel like another step is not possible.
I do miss my Pete like crazy and cant wait to celebrate his return. 142 days to go!

Pete said...

It is beyond words what it means to me to have friends as great as you and Lamont.

There was a time when I thought I had given up on friendship, for many reasons. But the caring you have shown for me, for my family...it is something that I shall never forget.

I have always believed in karma, if you will, and I now know that for many of the good things in life Isabel and I have done towards friendships (and ended up getting walked on for), we have you guys as a reward. You are the epitome of true friends.

I hope anyone and everyone who reads this are thinking of their best friend(s) now, and thanking them for all they do. I am only 29 years old, but never too young to underestimate the value of true friendship.

Thank you Lissa and Lamont. Can't wait to get back.

Pete said...

My mom sent me this, and wanted to pass it on to you. I miss you guys!


Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.

From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your
car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing..

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His
owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for
him. This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around
for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller
horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell It lets her
blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always
checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk
to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she
returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and

looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just
because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He
watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we
are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of

those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse,
helping others see.
Good friends are like this. You don't always see them, but you know they're
always there.

Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.