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Monday, August 16, 2010

FRIENDS

One friend can make all the difference.

Nancy has become my best friend since she befriended me at my new church. I say she befriended me, because she sought me out, calls me at least once a week, and draws me into her circle of friends. Our friendship was cemented as we watched the ice skating Olympics together.

Nancy in turn introduced me to her friends ... so on the Saturday after my birthday, I enjoyed lunch with Barbara, Maggie and Pat. Nancy is determined to learn Spanish, so we go to a Spanish group together; and all these years later after my summer in Mexico, I am becoming close friends with Mexican Americans. Greetings of “Buenos días! Como estás?” ring out as often as “Hi! How are you?” (and for those Spanish purists, I can’t find symbols for upside down exclamation points or question marks.)

And then there’s choir and a ladies’ mission group and ... the list goes on.

But if I still needed proof that Nancy and I are soul mates, I received it when Nancy brought me a gift from her recent trip to Arizona.

A wooden Christmas ornament, hand painted with Navajo design.

Nancy didn’t know I treasure my Christmas ornaments. Each one tells a story.

But she knows me. And she picked a present I will treasure.

Thank you, Lord, for Nancy.

Leave a comment for a chance to win one of my books or Surrender the Heart by MaryLu Tyndall.

16 comments:

Leah said...

Aw, she sounds like a really nice lady. I love having friends, it makes life more fun!

Judylynn said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks.

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Casey said...

Good friends are so hard to come by, but a God-given blessing!

Darlene Franklin said...

Amen, Casey! I count you one of my new friends.

kAtH said...

Hoping for this book!!!

Merry said...

An awesome friend just makes life so much sweeter and helps to keep my focus on what is most important. We are blessed!

Patsy said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for giving away acopy. Would love to read it.
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JennaVictoria said...

Wow, the cover for Seaside Romance makes me want to go right out and purchase it! How gorgeous! Nice to stop by your blog - it's def. going into my Google Reader feed!

Darlene Franklin said...

Jenna, So glad you like it! Thanks to everyone for stopping by.

Michelle said...

Nancy sounds very nice! I love that you cemented the friendship while watching the figure skating at the Olympics. I am a long time figure skating fan, absolutely love it!

Kameko said...

Awesome friends like that just make life so much sweeter & you can never have too many of them!

I love to find special Christmas ornaments from places we've visited or that remind me of special events, people & of course, pets!

Blessings!

Beverly

Debbie Mitchell debsbunch5@jesusanswers.com said...

Please enter me to win. God bless your day!

Pamela D. said...

Just bought "Seaside Romance", we have a rainy afternoon and I can't wait to snuggle down and read it. Thank you for reminding us what a friend looks like. Blessings

Darlene Franklin said...

Pamela, how lovely to hear you bought Seaside Romance!
Friendship is so important to all of us, isn't it?

Juanita W said...

Would certainly love to win this book. What a nice lady. Juanita W
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Juanita W said...

Nancy sounds like a friend I would love to have. I do have a special friend in my friend Irene, we share birthdays, although she is one year younger, we are sisters in the Lord too. Not too many friends with Nancy's qualities for sure. You are blessed. Juanita W
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