Friday, July 24, 2009

Lifelong friends...priceless!

My absolute favorite part of going home is getting to spend time with these lovely ladies. Marylynn and Lori have been in my life for quite a while. We met when I had just had Big chick. I was a lonely stay at home mom and God changed my life by bringing these two wonderful ladies into it!


I "met" Lori at Wal-mart. She was in the grocery section and I seriously stalked her down and introduced myself. How desperate is that? To be honest...God told me to do it. How do I know that? Because I didn't want to do it and my heart was racing, and I thought she was going to think I was crazy, but I had to because I was being prompted. So glad I was obedient. We have been best of friends ever since:)

I met Marylynn through a Mommies group. She was just the kind of person that I needed to identify with to embrace motherhood to the fullest. She struggled with many of the same issues I did and made it seem okay to be that way. We are very different in a lot of ways, but those similar experiences have given us such a special bond.


This is my momma and her friend Linda. They used to live in the same neighborhood and were friends before I was even born. I always looked at "Aunt Linda" as a sort of second mom to me. I have so many memories of going over to her house when I was little. She always called me Lou for some reason:)

Friends are simply a gift. We need them like air. I have been blessed with so many unique special friends in my life...they are all different and all of them fill a space in my heart. I'm beyond grateful for them and for all of my "blogging friends", because of you my days are full and worthwhile. It's definitely worth the investment...the payback is ten-fold:)



Have a blessed day.




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36 comments:

  1. Definitely a great perk of going back home! I always love seeing old friends! I have had my best friend since the 1st grade. Even though we don't see each other or talk as much as we used to, our bond is still there!

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  2. We've lived so many places and it's always hard to say goodbye to the friends we make. But we stay in touch with email, facebook and blogs!

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  3. Let me just tell you... we ARE kindred spririts! I have a good friend I met at Wal-Mart, too! Under the same circumstances, even. She had on a sweatshirt with sorority letters and we were in the same sorority- different campuses, though. God told me loud and clear to talk to her and I kept walking past as we criss-crossed each other on the aisles. I didn't want to be weird, you know? Anyway, I finally started talking to her in the toilet paper aisle. I probably should have waited till the next aisle... :) But we are still friends and that was about 6 years ago! Funny how God works... even in the TP aisle!! LOL!

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  4. Friends are such blessings~
    blogging friends especially so!
    Hugs~
    Leigh Ann

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  5. The power of girlfriends.....where WOULD be be without it!? I love your post....and what you say about our friends being the air that we need.....that is SO true.

    Your friends sound wonderful and I love how you met them.....I was out with the children and a friend today - she was the very person I met when my daughter started preschool over 5 years ago, she has just a lovely special aura around her and I just knew I wanted to be her friend....luckily she wanted to be mine too and now we are very close friends!!

    I have really good friends who I have met via the internet, some I have met and some I haven't yet.....one (who I have now met several times), I just knew that I wanted to be friends her from her photo.....she just looked so kind. I am finding the same through blogging too.....some people you can just feel a special connection with....

    I do feel that the older I get, the more I appreciate my friends. My university friends and I had times when we were all busy and didn't see each other as much, but times passed and now we truly cherish the twice a year times we get together. I am really blessed with wonderful girlfriends and not a day passes when I don't feel so thankful for that.

    Lovely post :)

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  6. I love all your comments on my blog, you are always so kind.....but I especially loved reading how your and your honey "clicked" in London....how special is that?!! I was thrilled to read that!

    As you I am in London - but I have been to both Lincoln and Warwick, the places that you visited....you must have had a great time as 14 yr olds travelling here. I was in Trafalgar Square by the lions on Wednesday with my children....I lifted them up so they could sit on the top of the plinth - that was more than high enough for them....unfortunately we saw someone fall off a lion when we were there....not so nice :(

    I hope you are able to visit NYC sometime soon....I can't wait til some day we can take our children there.....it's such an exciting place to be.

    Have a lovely day Becky :)

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  7. What?! Had to reread this ten times to make sure I didn't just imagine my name being there. Thanks, that just made my day :)

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  8. Good Friends really are the biggest gifts in the world. They are family we choose! So glad you are able to enjoy them!

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  9. Friends are such blessings! I have a couple close friends that would NOT trade fro all the money in the world :)

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  10. I agree that we need friends like we need air...I believe God created us to be that way. He is relational in His very nature. (Especially as young moms!)

    I love how you "stalked" your friend in Wal-mart! What a priceless story!

    I treasure my friends. We have been through thick and thin - laughter and tears together. It is such a beautiful gift to now see how our kids are connecting deeply too. It's like a double bonus!

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  11. What a sweet (and true) post!!
    I love my precious friends and cannot imagine my life with out them...they are truly one of life's greatest Blessings!

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  12. Okay, love how you met one of your best friends in Wal-Mart!! I kept giving this girl coupons in WM one time. She might have thought I was nuts!! Then I saw her another time. If I see her again, I may think its a God thing and make her be my friend!! :)
    Elise

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  13. I love stories of cherished friendships! I have so many women in my life that inspire me to keep pushing myself, and if sounds like that's what these women are for you! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. I agree! It sounds like you have such special friendships!

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  15. I'm completely inspired by this post. I just love the story of how you met your friend in the supermarket! Love it! God is so good to us! She probably needed you just as much as you needed her! What an awesome gift from the lord!

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  16. Oh that's hilarious how you met Lori!!! You are a hoot!!! Friends are definitely one of the greatest gifts we receive!!

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  17. This is great. I am going home next month to see all my girlfriends I grew up with. Looking so forward to it. Your pics made me smile.

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  18. This is so sweet. I love that you said we need friends like air. It's so true!

    xo

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  19. Friends are a gift! Happy Saturday to you! I am slowly making my way around to all the blogs that visited me when I was featured on SITS to say "Thank you". It is indeed a fabulous SITStahood.
    Be blessed!

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  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog. What a great blog you have here. I am so glad you stopped by mine so I could find yours.

    I loved this post. My girlfriends helped me find Jesus and they help me so much along in my journey.

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  21. Isn't it great when God brings friends together? I have friends like that, although I cannot imagine approaching someone in WalMart :-)

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  22. HI there,

    Thank you so much for coming by and taking time to leave a comment, so nice of you. Yes, we do have great minds, don't we ... lol.

    Hope to see you soon,
    xxx DJ

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  23. Beautiful post! Stopping by from SITS :-)

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  24. What a true thing! Friends really are the spice of life, and they are such incredible blessings from God. Love your playlist too!

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  25. Wow! I love your post on friends! How funny that you found one of them at Walmart. It is true that you can get anything there for a good price, isn't it. LOL I found you through SITS. I'll have to bookmark you! =)

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  26. I too have great friends like this, you are so lucky & Blessed to have them in your life! Thanks for sharing such a cute story, especially the Walmart story, many things happen there ! Hope your Sunday is wonderful !
    Stephanie

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  27. Beautiful post! Love the header :)

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  28. there's something about friends...

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  29. Whenever you want to know how rich you are, don’t count your money….just drop a tear from your eyes and count the number of hands that will reach out to wipe your tears...

    A friend is never a coincidence in your life they are once a stranger, meant to come into your life to bring priceless lessons and happy memories…


    Ilyanah (formerly CD)

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  30. Friends are such blessings! Especially girlfriends!

    Manuela

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  31. Sounds like such good friends! Everyone needs a few of those in their life!!

    :)
    ~Tabitha

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  32. friends are blessings! lovely blog you have here.

    xo,
    cristin

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  33. Friends are such a blessing, it is amazing that friendships are born from silly places like our blogs too...I loved the story about your meeting your friend at walmart...I got a smile out of that! Keep your friends close always! XO

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  34. what a beautiful post!! and what a blessing to have such great friends. Girlfriends are just treasures.

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  35. Girlfriends are simply the best aren't they! What a nice treat to be able to see them when you return home. I cherish all my girlfriends so much ~ thank you for such a great post.

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