When I think of her... my eyes fill with tears (I miss her - we haven't had much of a chance to really sit down for a heart to heart lately)... my heart swells with pride because I can call her friend. How blessed I am to have a friend like her! A true friend - the there-through-ups-and-downs, never-lets-you-down, knows-what-your-thinking, edifying and encouraging kind of friend.
I know she came from GOD to me. At a time in my life when I needed her. Me, pregnant with a very attached young toddler, and she, doing such a fine job with three boys (did I mention she is an amazing mom). God hooked us up, at first mostly for play dates for the kids. She would take my crying little boy, to play with hers so he would be used to being away from mom, long enough for me to go to the hospital to bring home the sister. I am sure she has no idea how much of a blessing she has been to me over the years. I wish I had the words to express how much I appreciate her. She taught me about bringing up boys (up til now I had only had a girl... and didn't really have a clue how to raise a boy), how to love my husband unconditionally, how to respect, speak kindly, but firmly... always building my home in love. She has built me and edified me in so many ways... over cups of coffee and cookies, with tears and laughter... Most especially through the Word of God. Countless times we have shared Scriptures over the phone or email or at the kitchen table. She taught me to be resourceful, to coupon. I thought I would hate it, but I loved it... got addicted as a matter of fact for a while, til life got a little busier than normal.
Life changes, Seasons come and go... and for now our season is a season of busyness, tending to our families and other matters, I miss her, but I know in my heart she is always just a phone call or an email away. And sooner or later, we will have that cup of coffee together again. Our kids are growing up... Time is passing... Life goes on... but memories of our times together linger forever in the heart.
SHE is a truly amazing woman. She inspires me, encourages me strive for my goals and dreams, motivates me to live for my Lord and Savior. And what would she say about this... Her very own words... "ohhhh, you r sweet! Thank you! Though the truth is i just know the amazing One!" And she does, she is Amazing because HE created her to be! A beautiful friend inside and out. One of a kind... my friend - Beth.
I love you and your family. Thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed on me. Thank you for your friendship.