joy.

Lately, I've been a bit down. Quite a bit, really. There's just been a lot of stuff - things that didn't work out the way I'd hoped, stress with school and just life, friend issues, and just dealing with myself and my attitudes... Just a lot. And it was kind of depressing and I was just a little blue as a result.

This weekend, my true friends really showed themselves with support, encouragement, and just lots of love. It was encouraging and it really meant a lot to me.
For example, it was one of my friend's birthday on Saturday. Because it was her birthday, her dad sent her some money in a card to do something fun. So she took a few of us out to eat - on her. It was super-sweet. She said she just wanted to spend some time with us and just do this for us. It made my heart warm. And it was tons of fun! It was really selfless that she would spend that money, a gift to her, a just use it on other people. It meant a lot to me.
Also, I got to spend some quality time with another friend, that I haven't really hung out with too much lately. We didn't do a whole lot; just had a good time. And talked a lot. It was just good.
A couple of my other friends have just overwhelmed me with love and encouragement. They seem to know just when I need a hug, or encouragement, or something funny and random. And they are there to provide it. And they do - all the time.
It's just wonderful to be shown, in so many ways, that I really am loved and I have such amazing friends. It was a weekend full of joy. And much talking. Which always makes me happy. :) Thank God for good friends. I am blessed with many.

In other news, I get to go home for Easter!!! I didn't expect to. I was ready to stay here and just sit around watching tv and doing homework. Which wouldn't have been awful, but I just could really use a good hug from my mommy and some laughter, messing around, and reminiscing about the good'ole days with my family. And a look at this new kitten! And good conversation about Chuck and it's recent amazing-ness! It's been a long time since I've seen them and I really miss them. So God got me a way home and I am so happy about it.

So, I guess the point is: I am blessed with so many amazing friends AND in just over two days I will be home!

In P&W on Sunday night, this verse was said several times. It's a good one.

10 My lover spoke and said to me,
"Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, and come with me.

11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.

12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.

13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me."

Song of Solomon 2: 10-13

I am so glad for spring. [even though we had a blizzard on Saturday night - I'm sure it's coming] :)