A day spent with a friend is a precious gift. To call someone 'friend' is even more special. But to have someone call *you* friend is the greatest gift.
This week I have been contemplating friendship - with my husband, my children, people I have known for many years, and people who have only in the last year or so come into my life.
My husband has given me many lovely gifts over the years - his embrace when he walks in the door from work, his trust when he hands his wages to me to budget faithfully, his confidence when he shares what is on his mind, his heart when he told me on our wedding eve that he would never leave me nor forsake me. There have been many more gifts, and through the years of valleys and mountains, struggles and triumphs, he has never waivered from his promises. He is my true love, and my truest of friends this side of heaven.
I am also blessed to have some close crafting friends. Two friends that have come to mean a great deal to me over the last while are Fee and Wendy.
Just the other day I came across the cutest little shabby saucer and knew that I finally had somewhere special to display the pretty pink-spot bird Fee had sent me at Christmas...
A girlfriend takes time to know you, to listen to you, and she can be trusted with your confidence. Fee knows how much I love birds, and how much a shabby style says 'Jenny' in my home, so this bird is treasured. Whenever I look over at my pink bird on the windowsill I say a silent prayer of thanks for Fee.
Today Mr E and I drove 200 klms to visit my friend Wendy.
This was only our third 'in the flesh' meeting, but it was during our first meeting last year (you can read about it here) we both knew we would be friends for life. When we arrived, Wendy gave me this beautiful gift, her own design. She said it was how she thought of me, how she knew me to be. Only a friend knows me so well. Isn't it beautiful?
How well do you know your friends? How well do they know you? Can I encourage you to reach out to a friend today and let them know just how special they are in your life?
I have been battling loneliness and depression lately, and I really don't like admitting it so publicly, but I do so because I want you to know that it is when these two friends reached out to me that I held tight to the knowledge that I was not alone and I would come out the other end. I'm not there yet, but I know I am loved, and that I have special friends that love me no matter what. Sometimes you just need a good woman to see into the darkness and offer a lighted path and shoulder to lean on, and mostly they don't even have to say a word.
So reach out, ok? Your friend just might need to hear from you. :-)
Wendy's husband, Joe, is a great Italian cook and today's lunch was incredible. I officially pronounce Joe as the best pasta and garlic bread maker in the world!
I have been preparing and stitching sewing kits for the "New Beginnings" appeal...
...but I also got time last night to finish this gorgeous stitchery using one of Karla Dornacher's colouring sheets.
I'm wondering whether to make it into a cushion, or to frame it. It's just so pretty and the verse uplifts my soul. :-)
I DO need new cushions, so probably that's what I'll do.
Tomorrow I have a surprise for you.
See you then!