I got a message on our answering machine yesterday from my dear friend Dottie. We no longer live near each other and she just called to say she was reminiscing about all the good times we had together. It got me thinking about all the wonderful friends the Lord has given me over the years.
There have been the friends who were there when we all had little children at home and relied on one another for child rearing advice and adult conversation. There were the friends who I shared creative interests with and who challenged me to grow as an artist. There were the friends I met through church who helped me to grow spiritually. There were the friends who supported us and prayed for us when our 11 year old son was going through chemo. He's now almost 33. Praise God! There were the friends who gave us some money when my husband lost his job. There were the friends who encouraged me, loved me, laughed with me and cried with me. There have been friends who were very similar to me and ones who were totally different from me. There are the old friends from when I was in second grade and there are the new friends I've made since I took up quilting. And now I have all of you new friends that I've met since I began to write my blog.
My life has been enriched by the friends I have had and I hope that I have been able to enrich their lives too in some way.
This is a quilt which my new group of quilting friends and I made for the raffle at our quilt guild. It is very large so I couldn't get far enough away from it to get it all in! Isn't it great?
So today I am thankful for all the friends I've had over the years. What are you thankful for today?