a farewell to arms (or to our community group)
well, i have this queued up to go out while we’re in the process of physically moving out of our apartment (if you’re reading this right now, pray for us!). so it feels fitting that this is a post about our community group going-away party because this group has meant so much to us over the past three years. these people have become our best friends in nyc; they are our “people” - we live life together, we share burdens and struggles, we share lots of laughter, we travel together, we support one another. i praise God for this community that has become a family to us and this evening of “farewells” was so incredibly important and encouraging for me.
front row: myself, george and Clif. the people leaving. you know where we are going; George is off to Yale for graduate school in their acting program. a really prestigious program and we know one day he will be a household name!
back row (L to R): Kate, Alice, Brendon, Sarai, Kyle, Chris, Jen and Rebecca. not pictured, Theresa, Paul and Dan.
Kate and Paul hosted us in their amazing community room in their apartment. in the beginning we just did a lot of eating. the girls talked while the guys enjoyed some games of pool.
then Jen, who is a big-deal pastry chef for Jean Georges mind you, reveals that she baked us a going-away cake.
this photo of Clif’s expression is priceless. this is when Jen tells us the inside of the cake is filled with banana, chocolate, coffee, caramel and almonds. omg, this cake was INSANELY DELICIOUS. it was devoured in a matter of seconds.
here is Alice praying for us before we cut into the cake. i think she prayed for Fred which is why everyone is smiling. sneaky sneaky camera taker!
Brendon & George, getting in a few more laughs together.
at the end of the night, we all sat down together and Clif and I and George shared with the group how everyone could pray for us. it was an emotional time but also really encouraging to have so many friends who know us and our journey so well be praying for us and with us.
Clif and Kyle are two peas-in-a-pod.
i love Sarai! she is the one who braided my hair like this ^^ she is a braiding fiend!
…and an awakard one to end the post so this doesn’t get too emotionally sappy. i am pretty sure Theresa is behind the camera here counting down for us to get ready for a photo. we can’t seem to get it together here but of course I am totally ready. HA!
thankful for this group of friends and for a chance to formally gather and say goodbye. love you all so much.