Thursday, October 23, 2008

The best of friends

My Sweet Hubby and I are richly blessed in the friendship department. Our best friends are J and T. In fact, J and I just celebrated the 25th anniversary of our friendship, which was brought about via a small group New Testament study we had both signed up for through the Catholic church we attended in upstate New York. It was a nice group of people, but there was something "special" about J...still is! I tell her she is the sister that God forgot to give me. We can't choose our family, but we sure can choose our friends and I am fortunate indeed that a quarter century ago God saw fit to have our paths intersect.

And of course, because we are friends our hubbies had to come along for the ride, right?! But as much as J and I enjoy spending time together, our guys feel the same way about each other. They are best buddies.

Last week, J and T traveled the 6 hours that now separates us to spend the week with us. Now while they have a standing invitation to stay here, and in fact we refer to that guest room as J and T's room, they made reservations to stay just a few minutes away. They felt that given the circumstances, we needed a little privacy. That's the thing with best friends...no explanations are necessary. They just intrinsically "know" what to do and when to do it. I am so thankful that while they were here, my Sweet Hubby had one really good day. We all remarked how it seemed "just like old times."

While they were here, T and Matthew dismantled my studio. No easy task. Lots of heavy furniture and cabinetry up and down stairs. Another morning, T arrived to help me bring my Sweet Hubby downstairs (there's safety in numbers!) and then he carried my Sweet Hubby's recliner downstairs from our sitting room to our family room as at the time, that was the only comfortable way he could sleep. My Sweet Hubby and I drove away shortly thereafter for an appointment. As a surprise while we were gone, T weeded our flower beds and planted some sunshine in the form of yellow pansies. What a treat to see when we pulled into the driveway! They still make us smile every time we look at them...

And J? She was my emotional support. She listened. She held my hand as I cried and she cried with me. She made me laugh...it wasn't all sadness!! She spent hours alone at the resort while T did the various and sundry things he did for us - including that all day move of my studio. Ugh. She was available and present. A perfect best friend.

Long, long ago this couple passed from the realm of "friendship" and crossed over into the world of "family." Like I said...my Sweet Hubby and I are richly blessed.

"J" and I...25 years and going strong!

"T" and my Sweet Hubby...best buddies!
"He replied to him, 'Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?' Pointing to his disciples, he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.'" Matthew 12:48-50

6 comments:

cookie said...

G
OK.... out comes the tissues. How sweet, thoughtful.. my words fail me. T will be blown away when he reads your blog today. Forever friends and always family, through good times and bad, we hold each other up. We laugh together and cry together, sometimes we have laughed until we cried... we are a bunch, aren't we? God knew what He was doing that day and He blessed our lives beyond measure. We are thankful.
Love, J

Putz said...

wow, i am so emotionally tiery eyed, what a wonderful gesture....it sounded liked they did the perfect visit g and j ...j and g...i hope i can do as much for someone, anyone...what examples of true love...i suspect you have had all the eternities back to develope this love...possibly in the preexistance

Marlene said...

How wonderful to have two close friends who support and love you both...how richly blessed....sweet dear friends who provided you both with what was needed....love and friendship. My love and prayers always.

Jungle Mom said...

How wonderful!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

God knew 25 years ago that you would need your friends to lean on now, and that they would need to bless you and your hubby with their friendship. Actually, He knew even before the foundation of the world, hard as that is to wrap my head around.

I'm glad your hubby is having some relief and some better days. God still answers prayers, and praise Him for it.

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, Gigi. I appreciate it so much, my friend. :o)

Have a great Friday and weekend. Still holding you and your hubby up in prayer....

Love and hugs,

Diane

Tamela's Place said...

Hello gigi,

What wonderful friends you and your hubby have. They are amazing people! What a blessing from God when they came into your lives.