Thursday, January 25, 2007

Now I know.....

I have called Emily my friend for quite some time now and there are many obvious reasons as to why I love her so much, all of which I won't go into right now (I am afraid she is getting a little too full of herself because of her good hair day and updated blog site). But until now I never understood just where she got all her talents and charm. Since becoming addicted to the "Blog-O-Sphere" as some like to call it I have spent many hours reading about her family. I have never meet her family with the exception of her mom and that was very brief, but I have to say I have never been so impressed with one family as I have been with hers. So for all this time I knew I liked Emily but now I understand why I like her so much. How could someone grow up in a family such as hers and not turn out to be anything but great. If anyone from Emily's family ever reads this you have to know how good your daughter was to me while living across the street from her in Charleston. We meet Clark and Emily just as we learned that we would not be able to have children. I think it is fair to say that at that time I disliked most pregnant women. But Emily was the exception. Clark and Emily would come over and we would eat junk and drink root beer while watching Survivor and as her belly got bigger and bigger she would completely let me invade her personal space and allow me to feel as Haley kicked and moved. Perhaps at one of those moments when you only want your family Clark and Emily called right after Haley was born and asked if we wanted to come and meet her. What a special experience that was to see first hand what a miracle a brand new baby is. Sometimes at night I would get a call from Emily telling me she was just about to give Haley a bath and did I want to come over and help out, or at church when as we all know is the best time to cuddle a sleeping baby, Emily would generously let me hold Haley. She was so kind and so generous to me and I can't imagine what that time in my life would have been like if she had not been there to help me through it. Now I understand where she learned it from. This is a family comprised of well just remarkable people. I hope someday I get to meet them until then I will just keep smiling, laughing, learning and yes, sometimes even crying as I read about them from the comfort of my home.

6 comments:

emma jo said...

OK, I really love you a lot and not just because you say nice things about me...remember how Clark and I were scared to be your friends because we thought you were "spiritual" and you might find us crass and dorky? I'm so glad you let us be your friends. We miss you guys a whole lot. And I'll let you know when our next family reunion is...it will be all the Oscarsons you can handle.

emma jo said...

I didn't mean to imply that you AREN'T spiritual, but you liked us despite the fact that we were (ARE) crass and dorky.

mandee said...

Okay, this is going to come across abit "stalkerish" but I will tell you anyway... I remember the Sunday we spoke and you and clark walking in here comes the part where you might think I am a little weird but I still remember what you were wearing. You had that black dress on with the red flowers on it and a cardigan. I thought to myself now that is a really cute couple they will NEVER want to be friends with us. People that cute are usually snobby and very selective as to the people they hang out with. So there you have it, first impressions aren't always right. Little did you know that months later you would find out about the "double bird" and my addictive personality. That threw your perception of us right out the window! But really you have been such a good friend and I am so thankful we have stayed in touch and I am seriously in love with your family. All of you are amazing.

Vanderbeeks said...

Mandee, so glad to see you have such wonderful friends! I am so glad I can keep up with you here. I feel like my brain is just starting to settle back into non-chemo life, but it's taking it's sweet time. So please forgive me for not writing as often as I should!

Vanderbeeks said...

Mandee, so glad to see you have such wonderful friends! I am so glad I can keep up with you here. I feel like my brain is just starting to settle back into non-chemo life, but it's taking it's sweet time. So please forgive me for not writing as often as I should!

emma jo said...

OK Mandee, as much as I love to read about how cool my family is
NEW POST NEW POST!
Come on, pictures, anything...you're not busy with more important stuff, are you?..what could be more important than keeping me personally entertained?
POST POST POST!!