Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gratitude - Day 21

It's midnight and I just walked in the door after another whirlwind day and tomorrow will be more of the same. We have a basketball game, a dance recital and a birthday party to attend, as well as company coming in to spend the night tomorrow evening. I promised myself that I would not grumble about my decision to commit to 30 days of Thanks, but man have I been tempted this week. Not from lack gratitude fodder, but from lack of time to record it.

Every other Friday night I have girls night. There are four of us and we meet together sans husbands and kids for Bible Study and food and talk and a general unburdening of our hearts. These three friends know me better than anyone in my life, with the exception of my husband. And in some areas, better even than he. Some of us have been friends for nearly twenty years. Twenty years. I can tell them anything, and I have. We've loved each other through so much:
Heartaches, weddings, divorce, babies, infertility, depression, new jobs, lost jobs and kids. Kids that have stolen our hearts and sometimes broken them. Prayers that were answered and the ones where God said no. 247 diets and twice as much chocolate. Laughter and tears and wine and prayer and insecurities and encouragement.

Our enduring friendship is a rare and amazing gift. And I can honestly say there is not a day that goes by where I am not grateful for it.


Anonymous said...

How truly fortunate and blessed you are to have such lasting, loving friendships!

Kyla said...

Wow! That really is a blessing. Friendships like that are hard to come by. I've known my best friend since junior high, and she married Josh's best friend a few years ago. I'm thankful for that, what are the odds?

Anonymous said...

You are very blessed to have such friends to confide in. I have not had such since high school. Maybe I have been looking (for friendship) in all the wrong places. This has given me the encouragement to keep looking. Who knows, mine may be just around the corner.