I don't think I realized how much I missed friends until some came by this afternoon. J and C are a couple about our age with a precious 4 year old daughter. They are new believers, eager to learn and grow and love, full of questions, full of life. What struck me most today was how normal they are (although Grace reminded me this morning that when I say "normal" all I mean is "like me"!). They didn't come whining, asking for money, blabbering on about nonsense. I want my home to be a place people can come for all those reasons (maybe minus asking for money), but I need friends too! As far as I could tell, J and C came to eat cake (which they brought) and hang out. What a relief. We really enjoyed our afternoon with them and look forward (hopefully) to more. I guess I still want to proceed with caution, not expect everything of these new friends, not set myself up for disappointment, but in the meantime, I'm grateful to God for the gift He sent us today.