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Maliki Liki Maka

on December 20, 2012

When I was younger, I remember only having one or two best friends. I’m not talking about the friends that were around at school, I am talking about friends that I spent hours on the phone with, that had sleepovers and that would whisper in the halls about the boy they thought was cute. Because when you’re in elementary school, those are the kinds of friends that you need.

 Now, being 30 years of age, I realize that I don’t have any best friends. Now, before you start feeling sorry for me, let me explain. I have family. Not just my relatives by blood, but the family that God has delegated in my life. Friendships from church, from PTO, from work (I can include 3 year olds), even from Greeley Moms.

I am a true believer that God places people in your life at just the right time. Sometimes these people stay, and sometimes these people are called to leave. Whether it’s leaving to another town, state, or even leaving this earth, saying goodbye is never easy.

This week, Ray and I say goodbye (well, we’ll call it “see you later” because we are definitely visiting) to some of our closest friends as they start a new chapter in Hawaii.  We owe a lot to our friends, Zach and Dennisa. These friends are the reason that we are so involved with our church(, and through this we have been blessed beyond measure. This is where we have met most of our now cherished friendships.  I’m not even sure if I have ever told them Thank You. Thank you for being friends when we needed them most. Thank you for making us laugh when we wanted to cry. Thanks for crying with us when we needed a shoulder. Thank you for being you.

I’ll be the first to admit that we took their friendship, and time with them for granted. I think we can all be guilty of saying, “let’s plan to get together for dinner”, or “hey, I need to reschedule”…and it just doesn’t happen as frequently as it should. We got together when we could, but now that those opportunities won’t be as frequent, I feel like I should have made more of an effort. Now, that we know they’re moving, we have made sure to spend as much time with them as possible. Laughing, crying, and just making the best of our time together.

I know Christmas can be a time of happiness for many, but also a time of sadness for many others. Whether it’s because of a loved one who is no longer here, or family that doesn’t spend the Holidays together anymore, Christmas time can be mournful. But, that’s not what it should be.

So, can I encourage you this Christmas …don’t take your family, friends or anyone that you love for granted. Quit making excuses for not getting together. Pick up the phone. Even if it’s sending a text, tell those that you love what they mean to you.  Don’t live in a life of regret. Life a life satisfied because you made the most of your relationships. For you never know what tomorrow might bring. Spend quality time with them making memories that will travel across the seas. For hopefully next year, Ray and I will be saying “Maliki Liki Maka” right alongside Zach and Dennisa. 

5 responses to “Maliki Liki Maka

  1. Tara McAdams says:

    You are my longest friend (from way back in elementry school). Even though it’s been over a decade since I’ve seen you, I still consider you my dear friend. How about THAT for leaving an impression on someone 🙂
    God Bless you and your family…and Merry Christmas, Caiti.

  2. Vivian Santistevan says:

    Dearest Caiti
    Beautiful words, very, very true! I’m so happy that Michael and I could join you, Ray, and your three beautiful children this past August. It mean the world to me to share my son in your home. Thank you for the words you write, seeing the photos you post of your family (which is mine too), for the delightful photos of your beautiful cake creations, and just for always knowing you are part of my family too! With all my love to all of you ~ Auntie Viv

  3. Vivian Santistevan says:

    Sorry, I posted before I checked, “meant”, not, “mean”.

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