Before these children were born, their parents sat in a hotel conference room and met for the first time.
The husbands were all on the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee, and we were just getting to know each other. Some of us knew some of the rest from college. But over the course of the guys' four-year tenure on this committee, babies were born, jobs changed, careers came and went, farms grew and changed. We became fast friends.
And in the years since, we've visited each other and vacationed together as often as possible. We've met at someone's house for an overnight in the summer, embarking on the grand farm tour, which has occasionally involved four-wheelers, and even more occasionally, mud. And sand. And chains. And dental visits. But really, that's another story for another day.
We've been to the Ozarks, Kentucky Lake and Lake Michigan, where we stay up too late talking, and the kids work on becoming best buds. Throughout the year, the guys involve themselves in lengthy cell phone conversations. They funnel stories my way. We all laugh a lot.
And I see us, in the distant future, attending each others' children's wedding, grandbaby births and anniversaries. Which is to say, I feel like we will be friends for a very long time.
These folks are blessings in our lives, and we're so grateful for them.
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