A Bonus Family

You meet people in life that become dear friends.  And then you meet people that become family.
The Bolts.  They are our bonus family.

We've spent four summers in China together running summer camps for orphans, made multiple trips to Mexico, spoken together on an orphan advocating tour and traveled together to different parts of the United States.  There have been countless talks over crushes and ministry, orphans and movie making projects.  We have stood up in each other's weddings.  Cried over the hard parts of life.

These are some of the first people we called when Adam and I started dating; then when we wanted them be our bridesmaids and groomsmen.  They were some of the first to know about our growing little dude last summer and some of the first friends we call when life throws us a curveball.

The friendships Adam and I have in this family have blessed us in unbelievable ways and getting to spend last Saturday with them was perfect.  When we hang out, the distance we have experience between Iowa and Southern California seems smaller.  Our conversations have that familiar comfort of people you would hang out with everyday.  

And when you get to introduce your little dude to the people that already love him like their own nieces, it takes the friendship to a whole new level.  Pretty cool to say, Emmett, this is your Uncle David and Andrew, Auntie Christy and Becca and Bethany.  Oh and don't forget your cousins Bella and Hazel!!

It is that comforting companionship that comes from years of serving together, praying together, laughing and crying.  We are so thankful and blessed.

^^ thank you david for this blurry memory. ha ^^
^^ this girl just gets me and it's a pretty awesome thing ^^
^^ the other thing that makes these friends awesome is our mutual love of food. i won't even go into all the deliciousness that was consumed in our 24 hours together. . . ^^

A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously and continues a friend unchangeably
-- William Penn 


  1. its so hard when those friendships are separated by distance--bc they are truly wonderful!

  2. How fun to 'meet' you via Shelley's blog! I look forward to reading more from you, and enjoying all the lovely pictures you take! :)

  3. I love those friends that just "get" you. My best friend and I call each other our anam caras (friends of the soul.) She just gets me, and knows me better than anyone! (Except my husband of course.) But friendships like that are just so hard to find.

  4. we have some bonus families too and i couldn't imagine life without them! we do try to let the children know that "aunt amy is your real and and aunt melanie is not so you can marry aunt melanie's kids just not aunt amy's" ;) because we are secretly hoping that so we can be "real" family too! lol