My good friend, Sarah, was able to come visit on Friday night. She lives a couple hours away and stayed the night. Her 3 children were with daddy so it was only half crazy here until my children went to bed. We enjoyed a cup of tea on the couch and lots of catching up. We could have talked the whole night, if Sarah, poor thing, wasn't coming down with a cold. It was SO nice. I felt so good that night and the next day. If you are reading this, Please say a prayer for her, she recently lost her mother and is kind of living on a prayer right now. Oh, how my heart aches for her.
It got me thinking about friendships. I am very blessed with many friends. Many close friends. They all meet different needs I guess, I hope both ways. I have to say Sarah, Lisa, Christine and Kerry are all friends I'd call my closest. The ones I'd say I could trust with anything, they get me. They understand me. I understand them. (I hope) We think the same things about pretty much everything important. We are all different ages, I am 38. Some are around my age, some quite a bit younger and some quite a bit older. We have the same faith. That is what links us, keeps us close at heart. I love these women as if they were my sisters.
Then there are friends like Bonnie, who I see maybe once a year, if I am so blessed, and we both have such a yearning to have the time to spend, to have tea on the couch and talk all night. I love her too, as if she were my sister.
There are new friends, neighbors. (we just moved here in the fall) Like Jeanne, who I feel a connection with, I love to see her, she brightens a room with her non judging smile. A friendship that I see such potential for. I love her as if she were my sister, already.
There are new "blog friends", they are real, but to explain them to someone, well, they just don't get it! There's Margaret, Nerm, Kristin, Melissa, Cheryl and so many more (sorry, I don't know how to link you in my post yet!--anyone, help?) We seem to share the same faith, there is such a connection, such an instant friendship, yet I've only met one of you!! And probably will never meet the rest of you. I love you like sisters, and pray only the best for you.
There are homeschool friends,too many to name, old neighbors, Nicki & Melissa, who are so much more than just old neighbors, childhood friends, Denise, old work friends, prayer group friends and church friends.
What would I do without all of you? I love you all. I love you all like my sisters. We are sisters in Christ and will be forever. You are such a part of what I do, what I think, how I pray.
I thank You, God, for my friendships, old and new and the ones I haven't met yet. Please bless all of them and continually draw them close to You.