Okay, so you know how there are those people out there that meet when they are in elementary school or high school, they fall in love and then get married and live happily ever after? I'm not sure how often it happens or when it does happen how often it lasts but here is an instance where I really hope it works out.
My oldest son has been dating a girl for about 6 months (although I would say it is more like a year) who lives 6 hours away from us. Both of them have rooked (sp) both myself and Elizabeth's mom to drive them to visit each other. Now they've started taking the bus to see each other. Anyway, they've only spent about 5 weekends together in all the time they've known each other (1 1/2 yrs).
Both of them have gone on individual humanitarian type trips without the other. Isaiah to Mexico to build a school and Elizabeth to CA to work in a soup kitchen. Interestingly enough, one of the girls on the trip in Mexico took a liking to Isaiah. A very pretty girl who lived very close by.
Isaiah thought things out, sought counsel from Andy and myself as well as some of his more mature friends and in the end chose to stick with Elizabeth. Have I mentioned they only see each other about once a month - if that.
Long story short, Elizabeth just came to stay with us for 2 weeks. I was very interested to see how they would get along since they've only ever spent 2 consecutive days together. She came on a short vacation with ourselves and family friends and celebrated her birthday with us. I was a little apprehensive about the visit because she has only been to our home once before. Now Isaiah has gone to spend 2 weeks with Elizabeth and her family. (They both have little brothers)!
The visit was fabulous. Elizabeth is a delightful girl! She has strong morals, is easy going, very friendly, self confident, respectful, personable and SMART! She is a good sport when people tease her... hmmm, I wonder who was teasing her that that needed to be mentioned?!
I love it that when Isaiah got mad when we asked him to do some chores, she didn't just swoon over him, she totally recognized what was happening and agreed that Isaiah needed to help out. She helped out with the dishes (when Isaiah would let her - he didn't want her working), without being asked and the little boys loved her too! They were so sad that she had to go home.
Here are some pics of Isaiah and Elizabeth while she was here:
This picture is worth commenting on. The girl in the wheel chair is a VERY close family friend of ours. Acacia and Isaiah have been friends since they were two. The thing that threw a bit of a wrench into the scenario is that Acacia (in her own words) has a "thing" for Isaiah. I was so proud of both of these girls. Elizabeth was so good to Acacia, taking time to visit her and become her friend and Acacia was so gracious to tell Isaiah he was so blessed to find someone like Elizabeth! WOW!
I know that life throws so many curves at us. Growing up isn't easy. Finding out who you are and your place in the world can be very scary but for these two I wish them the very best. I really do hope that they are one of the high school sweethearts happily ever afters!!!
Mwah! I miss you both already!