Yaaaay!! I get to introduce you to my BFFs.... Ok, here they are.... the three women outside of my family that have helped me get through some of the toughest times of my life. They each contribute something different to my life. I will be eternally grateful for their friendship. Evet, Jackie and Jeannie; thanks for sharing, everyone of your words touched my heart deeply. I feel the same way about you. Love you!!!
Distance cannot matter - ours is a friendship of the heart.
- Mary Anne Radmacher
Thank you for always being fun even when we’re not having fun. I don’t know how else to explain that. Thank you for believing in me when I was too weak and exhausted to believe in myself. Thank you for pushing me, for repeating those affirmations that don’t mean anything in inspirational films but mean everything when someone who cares about you says them. Thank you for doing all the things a real best friend does; for letting me sob into your shoulder when I need to and handing me the flask when there aren’t any more words. Thank you for always knowing who I am and reminding me of that when I forget. Thank you for being genuinely concerned with the outcome of my life and always listening, even when you’re tired. For never judging me and always being honest.
Today our paths have traveled into journeys of motherhood, writer’s, artist and much more ventures to come. But what has sustained us as Friends has been the undeniable love we have for each other as sisters in our faith and a bond that has been fused by the time we spent and still spend, healing our pain, laughing at our faults and loving our lives, no matter what comes our way. Time and space can keep people from seeing the value of what they mean to each other, and I am thankful that neither the time away nor the distance in space has kept Millie and me from growing and seeing that true friendship is possible, if we can just believe in each other’s dreams, and love beyond the unimaginable.
I love you sister-friend,
Friendship: Life has many twists and turns. Some sharp "lefts" can make you almost limbless - flailing wildly to try and keep your head connected to your neck. Then, there are some sharp "rights" which unexpectedly allow you to encounter beautiful, never-seen-before, picturesque scenery. It was in one of those twists and turns of life that Millie and I became soul-friends. And, I thank God that he allowed me to find a "BFF" in her. You see, life goes by so fast and sometimes in the milieu of family, ministry and work you just need someone to stop and smell the roses with; the kind of friend that flies to NY for a weekend so that together we can laugh, cry, dance & walk barefoot throughout Times Square because our feet can't stay in 3" heels any longer (true story); the kind of friend that you can spontaneously go to the best dessert place in FL and eat a piece of every single cake they have on the menu till you feel like you have to be lifted by a crane to get out of that place (true story). Yep, that's Millie and I!
Friendships of this nature have no price tag. To love & beloved unconditionally with absolutely no strings attached nor any anxiety of having to walk on egg shells is the kind of life-breathing friendship that I pray everyone finds.
I'm so glad that Millie started this blog...FINALLY! I say this because Millie has a God-given gift to listen with her heart and live life abundantly. It is from this gift that she'll share experiences and life journey's of many of our quirky, silly and sometimes serious friendship rendezvous. Enjoy reader!
Millie, thank you for being God's smile to my life on this side of heaven. I pray that we get to live next door to each other in heaven so that we can trot with 3" heels on streets of gold together!