When Hubby and I first moved to New Brunswick 13 years ago the Nichols family were among our very first friends. MaryLou was (is) a beautiful scrapbooker, and I was also into scrapbooking, though I was self taught from the internet and had never actually met anyone else with the hobby. I did such a happy dance when I realized I had found someone as crazy about paper and photos as me! Lennard and Hubby enjoyed gaming and man talk together. As couples we shared faith, callings, hobbies and so much more. They were warm and welcoming and helped us feel that this was really our home.
When we decided to stay in New Brunswick and purchase a house, they stepped up friendship in a MAJOR way; there was a problem with the legalities, discovered only days before we were supposed to move in and the lease was up on our apartment. We were about to be homeless, and renting a motel room for an unknown length of time would likely have bankrupted us. They graciously offered to share their home for the "week or so" it would take to clear up the issue. The week turned to two...to three...and so on. We ended up living with them for almost 2 months! That's true friendship (and did I mention that those two months went up to and PAST my due date with the Princess?).
MaryLou was our first visitor when the Princess was born, first to make her laugh, gave her her first girly outfit (and the one she came home from the hospital in). As good friends do, they were there for our ups and downs (as we tried to be there for theirs). We've cried together many times and laughed together many more. When they decided to move out west, closer to family, we celebrated for them and mourned for us.
And we sit every day on their old grey couch and think happy thoughts of them.
When we heard that they might be flying out here this summer "see Len and MaryLou" went to the top of my Summer Bucket list. When they got weathered in an extra day in Gatineau, it started to look like it was going to take some tricky planning to pull off, but we got to see them! They stopped in for a VERY quick hello at church and I didn't even cry until we were back in the car!
You can follow their amazing cross-country flight on their blog, Nichols' Nuthouse. The trip is most of July, so hit the archives and start at the beginning. MaryLou has taken some incredible photos!