Linda, Martha, Nancy & Ginger
There is a lull in my day, so I decided to hop on the computer and brag on my "kindred spirits." (Sorry I do not have snapshots of everyone. Hope you will enjoy the few.) Lately I have been pondering the wealth of friends that I call mine, and I am so blessed. Having lived in six different areas, I have met many wonderful (and some not so wonderful :-) people that have touched my life. One of my teachers taught me that everyone can contribute something to you if you will allow them. I have endeavored to do that and have found myself on the receiving end many times. To all of my acquaintances, friends and kindred spirits, thanks for what you have added to my journey. My heart has needed to keep growing in order to make spots for everyone! :-)
I have one corner of my heart that has those that are my oldest companions. The ones that I cannot remember not knowing. Lisa (Burton) Robinson and the "Dinkins" gals (Linda, Nancy and Ginger) are in that category. Wow! Do we all have some good stories and laughs on each other!!!!!
There are so many school friends with whom I have shared hours of fun. . . Yolonda Lewis, Jennifer (Williams) Nelson, Annie (Williams) Davis and Johanna (Nelson) Howard are some with whom I still correspond. Suzanna Hooper and I became instant friends close to twenty years ago, and I still think as highly of her as I did then. I never grow tired of being with her! She has the longest standing title of "best" in my friend category.
Janelle Manley is a newer friend and one of my "best" as well. Her home is the one spot on earth where I feel most comfortable! We have the greatest time with them. Troy and John, Janelle and myself, Cale, Clarissa, Seth and Ethan. Now they have little Camden! They are one of the best families on the planet, and I am so proud to call them my friends! I miss you all terribly.
I have a big stash of good friends from SD, IN and OH. It was nice to live at GBS and make new friends and reconnect with old. Nancy Lambeth and I have enjoyed more laughs than I will ever count! :-) She was a blast. I had better stop naming GBS folks, or I will just have to type the entire phone list.
Since moving to SC in August, I have a new set of people that God has allowed to contribute to my life. My neighbor, Kim Russo, is wonderful. I do not know what I would do without her!!!! There is a host of ladies at church that are so nice. I have enjoyed many fun conversations with these gals, and they have warmly accepted me.
The whole world of blogging has reunited me with some old acquaintances and moved them to the rank of "friend." I have even met new friends through this avenue. Thanks, "Anonymous," for emailing me:-) You are wonderful to know. One of these days, I will have an outing with all the IN gals!
Thank You, God, for giving me the blessing of friendship. Thank You for an outgoing personality that causes me to want to know new people.
Thanks to each of you ~ from the oldest to the newest! Friends truly are the flowers of life! You have stood by my side and made such a difference.
Thanks for all the spice you add! I love all of you very much!
P.S. I included a snapshot of one of the treats I made my family. Warning: they cause addictions!