"A friend loves at all times..."
The gift of true friendship... one of God's greatest gifts.
After a delightful weekend in the woods with 4 of those gifts, I rejoice!
0124the generosity of parents, who opened their home for our weekend retreat
traveling mercies and friends finally here
late night chats and late night chuckles with brownies and ice cream to boot
early risers, eager to play
a trip to pick apples and fresh apple cider donuts
a picnic on a bench, a game of tag, a path that winds under the expressway, and energetic little bodies... ready, willing, and able to savor it all
new adventures... every single time
a place to sit and rest
a treasure hunt through the forest. Getting lost. And then finding our way.
little boy buddies and the tenderness of one slightly older as he gently leads the rest
a hot meal at the end of a very long (yet wonderfully fun!) day and ten weary bodies to share it
from my son to theirs, "I'm so glad you came!"
hours to talk. hours to share. hours to enjoy... together.
honesty, understanding, encouragement, acceptance
a sounding board, a confidante, a prayer partner, a sister
an extra hour of sleep!
ten years of best friendship... and this blessed reality-- that even though the miles now separate us, when we finally get together,
it's as if we've never been apart.
"Greater love has no one than this,
that one lay down his life for his friends."
and the list continues...