I came across this quote recently and loved it...
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
It was interesting to watch Sarah and Savanah during this last visit. The beginning of their relationship is rooted more in the soil of mine and Lori's friendship...grown out of proximity while they were yet children, rather than any real desire to seek each other out. When the story of our family's friendship began we were both full time homeschooling mommas and spent a lot of time together. It's a good thing they got along well :-)
Over the years, as distance and time has forced separation, they've struggled with the time together and trying to re-connect with all the various different life circumstances that changed as they've grown up.
This visit was different just by virtue of their almost adultness. The age difference of three years is more balanced between one about to turn sixteen and the other eighteen, than it was when one was almost twelve and the other almost fourteen.
I may be crazy and it could all just be inside this mother's head, this idea that they seemed to relate in a new and different way this time. But watching your oldest growing up so very quickly right in front of your eyes will do that to you. Either way, I'm thankful that both of them have the other. True, God honoring friends are something to be treasured.