Thursday night I was out and about by the Mall of America when I got a text. My long-time friend (Alison) from Utah was in town for a quick overnight and wanted to know if I was around. I have known Alison for many years and she truly is a joy to be around. I feel blessed to have her as a friend.
She was staying at the Holiday Inn Express right near the MOA. Now normally it would take me a half hour or so to get to the MOA from home, but as fate would have it I was nearby and didn’t have plans. Blessing! Blessing! Joy! Joy! It was a God thing.
Interesting side note, Alison and her husband have a story similar to Paul and I. They have had a long-time desire to add children to their family. Like us, they are waiting for God’s timing. In their case, they are taking a close look at a foster-to-adopt program while they wait.
Anyway… Alison also reached out to a couple other mutual friends to see if they were also available. Unfortunately, not everyone could make it, but it was still great to spend a couple hours catching up with both Alison and Melissa. It had been such a long time since I had seen either of them.
I went to bed with a huge smile on my face that has remained with me for days.