Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Power Of Friendship

The term Friend is not one I use loosely.
I have many acquaintances but few I would call friend.
Today, I'd like to share with you two of my friends.

Combined, I have known these two ladies for
fifty-three years.  One trained me in on a job many years ago
and the other I met when our daughters were 2 months old.

Both have celebrated with me on the adoption of my two children.
Each has seen me through a divorce.
They have held me up during countless battles of fighting for the rights of those
with special needs.  They have accepted and loved my children through
the good and not so good.

They lent willing ears and strong shoulders as I cared
for my Mom in her last months here on earth.
They carried me through the death of my Mom, my best friend.
They remember my Mom with me.

They've laughed with me, cried with me, traveled with me,
nursed me after a severe car accident,
transported me to the hospital and watched my children while
I was "checked out" in ER.
I know I can call them day or night.
They have, in some ways, become the spouse I do not have.

They put up with my moods.  Support me when I'm down
and even when my opinionated self drives others away.
They hug me when I need it.
They encourage me when I need it.

Recently, unknowing to each other,
they lovingly and very subtly encouraged me to take better care of myself.
One walks through the doors with me each week, grocery shops with me
and gets excited over new recipes with me.
The other, calls frequently to boost me up,
my cheerleader,
calling every Saturday to ask:
"Well, how did you do?"
And no matter what I say,
she says "Good job, Jill!"

A good friend often knows what you need before
you are ready to admit it.
And they aren't afraid to tell you.

A little fun fact is they share the same name.
One is Theresa, the other Teresa.
One goes by Terri.
The other Teresa.
Both are treasures in my life.

Thank you, my dear friends.
Love you.


Teresa said...

Ah, you brought tears to my eyes. I thank god that I have you in my life! You willing listen to my tales of woe and don't judge just offer support. I have fun when I'm with you and together we've found the courage to do things that we wouldn't have done alone! I am truly, truly grateful for you!


TexWisGirl said...

you are surely blessed to have them both! :) and i'm guessing, they, you!

dr momi said...

What a wonderful tribute!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Very inspiring post Jill!... you are truly blessed to have those two special ladies in your life... I have always been sort of a loaner... but my sister is my best friend and gives me all of those wonderful things your friends give to you... you are right... one can have many acquaintances but a true friend is one to cherish... xoxo Julie Marie

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Tessy made me come back and tell you SHE is my best friend now too!... xoxo Julie Marie and Tessy

Anonymous said...

God has blessed you with dear friends.

Ellie said...

How lovely that you have two such lovely friends, I'll bet they would say the same about you.

Donna said...

They both sound like WONDERFUL people! Hang on tight to each other Jill!

Dar said...

Fortune comes shining on you with your friends that the Good Lord has blessed you with. I don't know you personally, but have come to love your tender heart.
BlessYouAndYourFriendsHearts and

Donna said...

You are so blessed, Jill. To have two treasured Angels in your life is marvelous! I would bet they both say the same things about you! Being a good friend is a two way street!

Have a marvelous day, and holiday weekend.


Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

How many people really know who their true friends are? How many people come and go or pass through are lives?
What a blessed person you are to have these beautiful ladies in your life and truly know their worth.
This brought tears to my eyes and so mimicked my own life and special ladies I have in my life.
Thanks for sharing

Lisa said...

I think this is my favorite post of yours! True friends are a blessing. Your love for these two ladies shines through in every word.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill, what a lovely tribute to your friends. Such friends a treasure to have in your life :)
Have a lovely Sunday!


Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

You are definitely blessed to have such wonderful friends!

Kimberly said...

This is a wonderful tribute to your friends. You are truly blessed!

Becky~ said...

What a lovely post Jill!You have lifes best of friends.Enjoy always.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

That was sweet!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a touching tribute to your friends, that makes me appreciate mine so much more!

Tammy said...

You are so lucky to have friends like these...I bet they are lucky too,to have you.

Chatty Crone said...

You are doubly blessed then - some people don;t get that once - you have two. Glad you have them. sandie

Cindy Adkins said...

Aww, how precious, Jill!!! Good friends are truly a blessing!! XO Cindy

BlueShell said...

Both great ladies!

Gloria Hood said...

How lovely! You are very special!

Dianna said...

What a blessing it is to have such wonderful friends!
"It takes a long time to grow an old friend."

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm so happy to hear you have such supportive friends :-) They sound amazing!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

You are right about friends. We have many acquaintances, but not friends. I was never one to have many friends and the only time I really thought one was my friend, turns out when I got a divorce she did not speak to me again. I was there or her with all of her boyfriends goods and bads ups and downs. I never thought she would have turned out the way she did. We knew each other for 17 years. But that is OK. I now turn to my husband and can truly say he is my best friend. I can be who I am when ever we are together. Accepts me for who I am. No criticism from him. Supports all my wants and needs and most of all gives me a kiss every night before going to bed.
Thanks for sharing you friends with us followers, they truly sound amazing.
Have a wonderful weekend.

ღ Life According To Milo ღ said...

What a great post, Jill! I am sure that your friends feel the exact same way as you do. I am so glad that you have two people in your life like that. : ).. And your post is definitely the best way to thank them! Wishing you and your friends continued peace, comfort and support!

Bonnie said...

What a lovely tribute to your friends. I suspect you are as much a blessing to them. Hugs! Bonnie

Debbie said...

the power of appreciation...where would we be without our girlfriends, there is nothing in the world that compares to that love!!

they are just as lucky to have you ms jill, you are a very special girl!!

Ed Pilolla said...

you are blessed indeed to have such friends who see us through pain and check in with us. this is a very worthy tribute. and they are lucky, too, to have you:)

Catherine said...

Dear Jill, How wonderful to have people share your life with you and be called, "friend". Blessings, Catherine xo

Madi and Mom said...

A beautiful post in honor of to very dear friends!!
Hugs Madi and Mom

Terri said...

Jill-you have brought tears to my eyes as well. YOU MY FRIEND are truly a blessing to me. We have been thru alot together and Im so thankfull that you have been in my life to share in all the ups and downs.

I love you as well as TJ and Becky-you guys mean the world to me!!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

So happy for you that you have such a great support staff -- The Two T's. :) You are rich, dearie!

♥ Lisa RedWillow said...

You have got to know I have tears also. Thank God for friends and people that really do care and help you carry what you cant.
My two babies are adopted as well and I cant even imagine having my own inside.
With much Love .
Stay blessed.

Blessed Serendipity said...

Good friends are to be loved and treasured. How blessed you are to have friends such as these.


Jennifer said...

Sweet post about your friends... all 3 of you are lucky to have each other. I've have 3 best friends who I love dearly.

Betsy said...

I love this. You are blessed!

missing moments said...

Wonderful to have such good friends! You are indeed fortunate!

snowwhite said...

What an encouraging and lovely blog you posted! I again realize that we have never been able to live alone. I admire your honesty and sincerity! Richness of the life depends on whether we can meet treasures in the life or not. Your words left a warmly glowing light in my heart and makes me want to see my friends.

Susan said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friends. How blessed you are!