To Read on the Journey

Saturday, March 6, 2010

her baby

"she's moving," melanie said, and i quickly placed my hand on her belly.

and waited.

waited to feel her baby.

melanie's baby.

melanie, the 10 yr old i met 20 years ago.

the 10 yr old who grew up in front of me.

and along side me.

the baby of a girl who by God's design was never my friend, but my God-sister.

i waited to feel her roll.

sweet baby girl.

and with my hand on melanie's belly, i remembered.

20 years of sisterhood;
oakdale church of the nazarene
church roof, laying under the steeple taking in the stars
mission trips
my first apartment
introducing her to michael
moving 2 hrs away
then her moving an ocean away
seeing her again on my wedding day
the penguin car
popcorn and kool-aid
driving her to meet her future (college)
not knowing that as i dropped her off my future was changing (noah)
christmas break, and my first baby belly
her wedding day
first homes/neighboring homes
coffee at her place
friendship that stands the test of time and grace
and the good bye hug.

and baby rolled across the palm of my hand.

melanie's baby.

i couldn't keep the floodgates shut.

melanie's having a baby!

and i love her already.

because she is my melanie's baby.

proud daddy steve, "mel mel," baby (in the belly of course), me, and michael.

baby shower pix to follow!


Home's Where My Heart Is said...

So very sweet!! Can't wait to see the pix.

Linda Z said...

You even look like sisters! I love this... forever friends! They are such a wonderful gift! :)

Thea Nelson said...

I don't even know Melanie but this was the most beautiful post. Made me think of when Kelly was preggers with Simon! That's when I got to meet you, too--at the shower for Simon. Happiness and blessings to Melanie and her growing family!

The Musacchio Project said...

Ok, send me the link on the "How-to" in regards to those flowers i loved so much at the shower!!!

The Musacchio Project said...

PS: That post totally made me get all chocked up . . Denise, I am not an emotional female, but being pregnant sure does bring it out of me.

Kristen said...

this was beautifully written... had me in tears.