It seemed like every other Sunday morning. I was standing in line waiting to pick up the girls from their class. I was wondering what we were going to eat for lunch. Should we stay home and rest after lunch? Or should we go visit grandma and grandpa? My thoughts were suddenly interrupted as I noticed something beautiful was happening. Hope was dancing, smiling, and giggling with a girl named Livvie. That may not sound like a big deal. But it was. It was a dream come true. For years I’ve sat and watched kids running and playing together. Making friends seemed so natural and easy for them. My heart ached for my girls to have a friend. Someone to dance with, laugh with, and share secrets with. But it’s not been easy for Mikayla and Hope to make friends. Their language disorder seemed to be a roadblock between them and the friends they deserved. I’ve hoped that they would one day find a friend but wondered if it would ever happen. Then suddenly on what seemed like an ordinary day the extraordinary happened.
Livvie’s mom asked if Mikayla and Hope could stay all night at their house one night during the week of vacation bible school. I packed their bags for their very first sleepover at a friend’s house. They went to the park and went swimming. They had the time of their life. I’m so glad that Livvie’s mom got some pictures of the girls. The joy on their faces is priceless
One night I decided to watch the girls while they were doing the games at VBS. Mikayla was standing in line waiting to do the obstacle course. And a girl named Katelyn was holding her hand.
Katelyn continued to hold Mikayla’s hand and helped her through the obstacle course. Katelyn was selfless and she didn’t worry about taking a turn by herself. She took her turn with Mikayla. I stood with tears in my eyes as I watched this young lady love my daughter so well.
The next night of VBS they played soccer during the games. Katelyn once again held Mikayla’s hand and helped her. They ran together. They laughed together. And my heart was full as I saw the sweet smiles on their faces.
Proverbs 13:12 says Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. It was so hard to wait for years to see our girls make a friend. I often lost hope while I waited. There were times when my heart felt sick. But then suddenly God sent Livvie and Katelyn to fulfill my dream. I can’t even put into words what it feels like to see our girls smiling with Livvie and Katelyn. I shared on facebook about Hope dancing with Livvie. And I found a mom who’s waiting for her daughter to find a friend. My heart aches for her because I know exactly how she feels. I told her that we should meet at the park so that our girls can play together. Mikayla and Hope have another opportunity to make a new friend. And I smile every time I think about it.