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Why some friendships work {Living Proverbs 31}

Some friendships work because…

  • you are experiencing live together through work, school, or any number of other activities. 
  • although you are technically family, you also get along as friends.
  • it stood the test of time. You’ve had your ups, your downs, and now there is a lifelong friendship that will never fade.
  • you believe in the same ideologies.
  • no matter how much time passes, it’s as if no time passed at all. 
  • she’s the sister you never had {you know who you are}!
  • you are the same amount of crazy.  You are so similar it’s eery yet it’s so comfortable at the same time.  You get each other.

There are many, many other types of friendships and reasons they work. 

Think about the friendships in your life.  How are you nurturing them? <—– tweet

I had a great conversation with my ‘same amount of crazy’ friend last night because we have similar interests.  It was awesome! 

Here are some ideas for you! 

Talk on the phone, email, send a card through snail mail, get a cup of coffee together, support your friend in their endeavors, love them from afar if that’s all you can do right now.

What are you doing today to nurture a friendship?

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Broken {5 Minute Friday}

In the dark, hidden crevices of my mind the thought still haunts me.

I always dreamed of a large family.  A lot of kids running around the house. The constant sound of pitter-patter.  I was never the one that wanted only one or two.  

I wanted 6 originally.  My husband graciously moved his firm 2 to a definitely 3 after our first was born.  It was then a very complicated ordeal to get our second into this world.

The thought of not being able to make that third happen still hurts.  It goes without saying (even though I’m saying it here) that we are thrilled with what we have and wouldn’t trade it for the world.  

Still…

Every once in a while the new baby fever starts and my insides jump at the thought of a new baby.  The thought of getting a little closer to my dream.  Then reality sets in that it will require a little more creativity to make this happen.

A dear, special friend of mine made my day recently, my life actually!  I left the conversation with hope, love, and admiration.  It was one of those conversations that replays in your mind and I am positive I will never forget it as long as I live. 

I realized at that moment that I may be broken but I am also blessed!!! 

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How to Keep Friendships Alive {Living Proverbs 31}

Have you ever had a great friendship fizzle out and die off?  Do you find yourself missing your old friend?

Sometimes life gets so crazy, so busy, and so overwhelming that letting friendships sit on the back burner seems like the easiest thing to do.

Friendships need to be nurtured.  They need attention.

Think about the last time a friend sent you a text at just the right time or called to just say hello.  It makes you feel good.  It makes you feel like you are important in their lives. 

A dear friend of mine had a birthday last month.  I slipped a little something in the mail for her.  It was something I knew she needed.  Something she had mentioned.  Something to remind her of how awesome she is. 

Another friend had a birthday recently.  I dropped off a few gifts at her house late in the evening on her birthday.  I wanted her to think I forgot (although I am sure she knows I wouldn’t).  She was so happy!! 

She said she loved that the orchids matched the photo on the front of the Bible.  Don’t tell her this but I didn’t even plan that.  I’ve had the Bible for several months packed away so I didn’t lose it.  I wanted to pick up some flowers to go with it.  I happened to fall in love with the purple orchids at the store.  So guess what happened…I got home and they matched the cover. 

It’s these little things that make friendships so great.  Low on cash?  It can be as simple as a phone call or a card in the mail. 

Now, think about the last time you did that for a friend.  Has it been a while? 

I have a few friends in my life that just make my day.  They know who they are.  Now. 

I didn’t always do this.  I let life get in the way and so did they.  So we drifted apart.  It happens. 

But I’ve learned a lot just in the past few years.   As we get older I think it can be harder and harder to make friends.  At least that is how I’ve felt.  People grow apart, move, have kids, work obligations, family issues.  

I’ve been working hard to nurture the friendships in my life the past few years and keep them alive.  I want them in my life for years to come.  I’m determined to make sure they stay!!

On the other hand, having good friends helps!!  If they aren’t reciprocating it can be really difficult to want to keep in touch.  If they are at all worth it, we must. 

The friends in my life know they are loved.  They know they are appreciated.  They also know that no matter how much time may pass we can always pick up right where we left off. 

Do you have friends like this? 

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Devoted {Into the Word Wednesday}

A few weeks ago I came home to find these on my porch. 

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It was a special occasion and finding these waiting for me was completely unexpected. 

Of course I started to wonder.  Where did they come from?   Who could have dropped them off? 

Then I had an inkling. 

Sure enough.  I opened the card and it was from one of the sweetest women I know. 

I was reminded of the verse Romans 12:10.

“Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”

Here are the top 5 reasons I love my dear friend. 

  1. She is one of the sweetest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. 
  2. I know that no matter what she’d be there if I needed her.
  3. No matter how long it’s been since I’ve seen her, it’s as if we’d never been apart.
  4. Whenever I hear from her, I can feel my heart smile.
  5. She makes me want to be a better person.

This is what true friendship is.  I only wish it didn’t take me this long to find it! 

She and I are the epitome of this verse.  We are truly devoted to one another through thick and through thin. 

Do you have a friendship like this? 

If not, keep looking!  They are out there.  

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–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

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4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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Another Liebster Award!

I feel so honored!

One of my faves, Funny Postpartum Lady, sent me an award.

So you’ll get to learn a little more about me because there are rules that come with this award.

Here’s what they are:

  • Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
  • Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
  • Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.  Go to their page and tell them.
  • No tag backs.

Here are my 11 facts:

  1. I love, love, love the color lime green.
  2. I started this blog one night on a whim. Bought my domain name and never looked back.
  3. I can count my really close friends on one hand.  They know who they are.
  4. I’m a master multi-tasker.  Okay, I’ve not taken a test but I’m pretty good!
  5. I believe everything in life relates back to a Friends episode.
  6. I put lotion on my feet every single night.  I have a thing about dry feet.
  7. I love accessories.  Hats, scarves, jewelry, shoes…it’s all good!
  8. I am rarely without a camera. I always have a point and shoot in my purse.
  9. When I get upset or mad, I clean.
  10. I’ll forgive but I won’t forget.
  11. I always give my all and then some.
Here are the questions I have to answer.
1. What is your favorite 90′s movie?   Titanic
2. What is your favorite color? Lime green (see number 1 above)
3. Do you have pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?  One cat. He’s deaf so he has many names.
4. If you could be a guy for a day, what would you want to do?  Whatever I want!
5. If you could look like an actress, who would it be?  Salma Hayek
6. What is your favorite TV Show?  Parenthood
7. Is there something you want to say to someone anonymously? If so, say it here.  Bad seeds always come back to haunt.  Be watchful of how you treat people. 
8. Why do you blog?  To be me. To write. To grow.
9. How long have you been blogging?  6 months
10. If you and I could hang out, what would you want to do?  Dinner and drinks
11. What did you want to be when you grew up as a kid?  A mom.
Here are some of my nominees!  Go visit when you get a chance.
Auntie Em’s Guide to Life
Mother Daughter Book Reviews
The Fontenot Four
The Houtz House Party
The Hickman Five
My questions for them are:
  1. What physical feature about yourself do you like?  Why?
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  3. What is a tradition  you’ve started in your family?
  4. Is there anything I’d be shocked to learn about you?  Can you share it?
  5. What is your main reason for blogging?
  6. If money were no object, what would change in your life?    <—- Tweet this
  7. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
  8. What is the best word or phrase that describes you?
  9. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
  10. Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
  11. Where have you lived during your life?
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