So, I cherish my friends: the old ones, the new ones, and all of those in between. Relationships are undervalued in our society. We tend to gravitate toward people who elevate our status or have something to offer our ego. On the other hand, those who have helped us walk the difficult roads, loved us when we weren't too attractive, put up with our foolish immaturity, and stood to defend our reputation and honor get shoved into the background, virtually unthought of.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to add new friends like Stephanie Cantrell and her adorable daughter, Halie, to my "treasury of friends"...
|Halie, Kaitlynn, Allison...their mommies were enjoying ice cream on |
on the other side of the table. You can never have too many friends who share your name!
But in the joy of gaining new friends, I want to keep those close who have been with me through major life events, especially those crucial decision-making times...
|Chenoa, Stephenie, Angie, Stephanie...drawn together in a dorm on a Hilltop|
|Stephanie and Deborah...oh, the memories! :)|
"Friends" are those you always carry in your heart. When they hurt, you hurt. When they experience joy and happiness, it warms your heart. You are better because of them. And hopefully they are better because of you!