Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fondue Rendezvous 2014 - 3/8/14

On March 8th, we got together with my roommates from A&M to have our annual Fondue Rendezvous.  It was a super fun (and delicious!) night, as usual.  It truly is one of my favorite nights of the year - I look forward to it for weeks.  :)

Katie and Wes were kind to host us again this year.  They are the fondue pros, for sure!  Even with a new baby on the way, they opened their home and spoiled us all rotten with a wonderful meal.  Such a sweet couple they are...

This is a little heavy, but I have been thinking a lot lately about suffering and the peaks/valleys of life...  Looking at my own life, I can see how the Lord is always gracious to provide tremendous joy after the really hard seasons.  I can recall so many examples of really dark times where I felt like I was suffocating in sorrow, but then the difficult season ends and God blesses me in some amazing way.  These sweet girls are a prime example!

The fall semester of my sophomore year at A&M was so terrible.  I hated my major (Chemistry), and knew that I didn't want to follow the career path that I was on.  I was petrified that my parents would be disappointed that I didn't want to be a doctor.  On top of that, a friendship that I was heavily invested in completely ended.  For the first time in my life, I felt like I didn't have a single girl friendship.  I was devastated and so very heart broken.

I decided to change my major that semester to Community Health and get my pre-reqs for Nursing school.  My parents completely supported my decision, which made me feel like a giant weight had been lifted from my shoulders.  Then, when we got back from Christmas break, Halie and Cindy (two of my friends from childhood, that I hadn't really connected with much at A&M) invited me to have dinner with them and two of their friends from their dorm.  Little did I know, this was an interview of sorts to see if we could all get along as roommates.  Luckily, we had a wonderful evening together, and they asked me to live with them the following year.  And the rest, as they say, is history...  ;)

Halie, Cindy, Katie, Traci, and (later) Laura were the Lord's provision for me.  He knew that I needed Godly women in my life, and He gave me just that.  I went from having one friend that totally deserted me, to having five friends that still love me even 15 years later.  He is so good!

We missed our 6th member of 2521 - Cindy!  She is so fun, and would have made the night even more special.  Love you, Thia!  I adore these girls more than they will ever know!  They are so precious to me, and I love our time together.  Thanks, Katie & Wes, for hosting our fun night! 


Matt and Cindy Fleharty said...

Love you girls so much! I wish I could've been there! Sarah, I'm so so so glad you are part of 2521. xoxoxo