"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

the day the fog rolled in




Today I want to talk about friends.  In fact I want to talk specifically about these 2 friends.  You may recognize the master mind and the valley friend from this post.  Or you may remember the 3 amigos from this post.  I am blessed.  I am blessed.  I. Am. Blessed.








The mastermind, I will refer to on this trip as my convertible friend.  We buzzed up and down the coastline in a SAAB convertible thanks to her.  We surprised the third friend by showing up in scarves and sunglasses 'Thelma and Louise' style because of her.  We entered the grocery store giggling like out of control schoolgirls because of her.  We made a creative purchase that will be sent to a fourth friend in Montana so she knows she should have been with us, because of her.  To coin a phrase used by my daughter (to describe someone else) that sums her up perfectly... my convertible friend is "a party in a person."








My valley friend, I will refer to on this trip as my silver box friend ~ thanks to the memory of a silver box brought by her to birthday celebrations that will now forever represent encouragement.  Because of her we fasted and prayed for the heart burdens we brought with us.  Because of her I stayed up way too late sharing, listening and finally falling asleep pondering the tender words she had penned and intended to soon gift.  










Now don't think that I am stereotyping here.  My convertible friend can turn around and be my giver of sage advice, and the first to spill tears of empathy.  And I would not be in the least surprised if my silver box friend turned to me with soda straws hanging from her nostrils!  This is so true!!



blessed, convertible, silver box

Why they drag me along?  I'm not going to waste time trying to figure it out...  I'm just hopping in that convertible with my silver box and singing out loud because I can.  One friend will laugh until I do, the other will tell me I sound great... because... that's what my friends do.  


Blessings, Debbie

      

32 comments:

  1. It sounds like it was a very wonderful and special weekend with some very lovely ladies. Thank you Lord for special friends!!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  2. You are blessed! Friends are one of God's best gifts!

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  3. Sounds like you have great friends and I love, love the scenery. What a wonderful time!!

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  4. Besides the gift of His son, and the creation of family, I truly believe that friendship is God's greatest masterpiece.

    "They" say that to have a friend you must be one. I think "they" are right. Obviously, you know how to pick a friend and how to be one too.

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  5. How blessed you are to have such wonderful friends. Lovely pictures too!

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  6. Ahh. I am so happy for you and your sweet friends.

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  7. Love the nick names!
    Oh to be at the beach...~sigh~

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  8. Yes, your are indeed blessed! Friends are a wonderful gift aren't they? I love the description your daughter used to describe your friend; I may have to borrow it. I have a son that fits that description too. xx

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  9. Friends are treasures, aren't they? So glad you treasure yours.

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  10. Great post about your special friendsips..forever friends, very sweet.

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  11. Yes. You. Are. Blessed. (Love that "party in a person" description....)

    Also wanted to say re. your comment about "Wonderful Grace of Jesus"--It's definitely a song that needs to be "roared"! I always loved it when sung in the company of a strong & enthusiastic bass section!

    Thanking God for you & the encouragement of Christian friendships - the face-to-face kind AND those forged via blogging. ♥

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  12. Hey - I want your friends!! Actually, I've had friends like that - but sadly, moving away brings an end to such adventures - especially since we all live thousands of miles apart and our lives are on different paths. So happy for the times the Lord allowed us to nurture each other through the gift of female friendship. You truly are blessed to have such enduring friendships remaining in your life beyond facebook.

    Joy!
    Kathy

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  13. Beautiful pictures! love,andrea

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  14. Fantastic photos, and friends are one of the best things in life! xo

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  15. Sounds like a real friendship retreat....what a treasure!

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  16. What a blessing! It looks like it was lots of fun!

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  17. Wow, Debbie, you are very blessed to have such good friends. What sweet memories you made. And, how do I KNOW they'd tell me they're even more blessed to have you as their friend?

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  18. Friends are such an important part of life, I'm glad you made some special memories with yours this past weekend.........beautiful scenery.

    Your comment on my last post made me laugh........what can I say, I'm just the sort of person who is unable to sit still for longer than five minutes at a time.........it can be a curse or a blessing, lol . x

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  19. Aww, what great friends you have! Sounds like a WONDERFUL time. Those pictures are beautiful! I think I will have to come visit your part of the west coast one of these days. :)

    PS. Thank you so much for your prayers. I really feel like I do have super immunity this pregnancy, because our colds only lasted a day or so which is amazing. :)

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  20. Real friendship is the best gift one can give, isn't it?

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  21. Wonderful, just wonderful Debbie.xxx

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  22. Absolutely beautiful pictures.

    I simply love lighthouses.

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  23. Very pretty pictures and it looks like a wonderful time. You are so very blessed.

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  24. Debbie, I think that a true friend is a rare gift. Acquaintances are a dime a dozen, but a true friend is a very special blessing. Thank you for sharing your friends with us today (they both seem to be treasures), as well as some more of your trip.
    Love,
    Cheryl...who is always inspired by you and considers you to be a "true friend" that I simply have not seen in person :-)

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  25. Friends like these two are some of life's very finest treasures and most precious gifts from God. So glad you have them. blessings ~ tanna

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  26. So beautiful, Debbie. Good friends are precious.
    I've read your wise, witty and loving words...I'm sure these lovely ladies are equally blessed by your friendship. xoR

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  27. Those are very happy smiles! You ARE blessed and you are a blessing, Debbie!

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  28. It looks like a great time to me. Keep on smiling. Blessings. JB

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  29. They look like awesome friends...loved all these pictures! ;D

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  30. You. Are. Blessed.
    And your friends are too!

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  31. Lovely photos! What a wonderful time. Such a blessing.

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