Saturday, January 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, Denise!

Growing up in a parsonage we were naturally encouraged to support the foreign missionaries... and one way to show that support was to write letters. Now, I always enjoyed writing letters, so I was just thrilled when a new family with 4 little girls went to the mission field in Africa. The oldest daughter, Denise, was just my age, and I decided she would make a perfect missionary pen-pal for me. I had never met her, but that didn't matter. She was an MK (missionary kid) and I was a PK (preacher's kid). I was sure we would have a lot in common! My mother supplied the tissue-thin aerogram and I carefully wrote a letter in my neatest, smallest handwriting introducing myself. We were 10 or 12 years old, and that began a regular correspondence that lasted all through our teen years and into adulthood. It turned out that we did have a lot in common... and when their family came home on furlough we finally got to meet them. They were back in the States by the time I got married at age almost-20 and Denise was in my wedding. We continued to write back and forth occasionally for a few years after that... but gradually lost touch as we got busy with our husbands and young children.

Then... just this past fall, imagine my surprise to find a comment on my blog from my "long lost" pen pal! We have been able to keep in touch again on a regular basis through our blogs... and are catching up on all the years we were out-of-touch.

Today is Denise's birthday... (I remember because I'm just about 2 months older than she is!) I wanted to take a minute to celebrate old friends!

Not that we're getting old or anything like that!


Denise said...

Thank you, Karla, for the warm birthday wishes and sweet memories! You've been an awesome friend through the years and I love and appreciate you VERY much!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Your Friend,

Rachel said...

How sweet. Happy Birthday, Denise!

Joyce said...

Great story.....loved your site.
I will come back and visit again soon.
Be blessed!

Jewlz said...

How nice! I wish I could keep penpals going like that!
Happy Birthday, Denise