"I love how God strategically places people in your lives at just the perfect timing."
That was a recent comment a new friend of mine wrote on her Instagram page. I thought it was the perfect way to start off this post, because without a doubt, God was in all the details I'm about to write about.
Billie Jo has been follower of my blog since I started back in 2011. In fact, if not for her and her faithful comments on each and every post of mine, I may not have stuck with These Joyful Mysteries for very long. She was a positive influence and silently encouraged me to continue to write and journal about my family and faith.
Our families had the opportunity to meet a few years back. They were lovely. I felt so fortunate to be able to meet them in person and see just how awesome they all were. (You can read about that meet-up here.) Unfortunately, we live about 4 hours away from each other, so that was our only visit.
BJ and I continued to keep in touch via our blogs, text messages, and Christmas cards. I had been following her updates about her oldest daughter Madison and her fiance' Nicolas in recent months. They were going to be married in February.
I frequently joked with Bill that I was going to drive out to Pittsburgh (5 hours away!!) and crash the ceremony. I had so badly wanted to see Madison get married. I heard she was in love with a great man, has an eye for elegance, and that the entire wedding would be a class act. I even thought about having my whole family do a weekend trip to Pitt just so I could catch a glimpse. I probably would have done that if not for the little babies making travel a bit difficult. Furthermore, I dreamed that it would be perfect if Bill and I could get away from all the crazy of our lives and go to Pitt by ourselves.
About 3 weeks before the wedding, as I sat in my family room watching Avengers: Infinity War with Bill and the kids, I got this text from BJ.
I must have stared at the screen for 5 minutes straight.
I passed the phone over to Bill so he could read it. I had tears in my eyes asking if we could make this happen. He called his parents. They said yes to watching ALL 7 kids. God bless them and their generous, giving hearts.
This was actually going to happen!!