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Oct 27

Thursday Favorite Things: Friends

Yesterday afternoon I received a phone call from a friend. Her name is Jane, she lives in Minnesota, and we have been friends for almost 40 years. I haven’t actually “seen” her in over 10 years, but we talk on the phone several times a year.  And she has never “seen” me, because she is blind. We became friends many years ago when we each gave birth to our first child within three days of one another. Our daughters are now both mamas themselves, and time marches on, but some friendships last a lifetime. Jane has written a book about her life as a blind person, “BlindSight: Come and See,” and her wisdom about life, spirituality, family, friendship, and disabilities always causes me to pause and reflect on where I am at in life today. This friendship has been a great source of encouragement and blessing for most of my adult life.
 
I have always made friends easily; it just seems that people love to be loved, and when I open my heart to a new acquaintance, it doesn’t take long before I discover I have a new friend. I can think of four or five women who have been my “life-long” friends. Women who chatted over a cup of tea while our toddlers played together; women who sat beside me at the beach while our children were in swimming lessons; women who sat at my kitchen table and wept from a broken heart; women who walked with me through the darkest days when I thought my world would end and nothing would ever be “right” again. I treasure my friendships, wherever they find me and whenever I find them.
 
One of the greatest joys I have experienced while working with my online business, blog, and ministry at Ruby for Women is the new “long-distance” friendships I have made along the way. I can’t describe what it is that makes two people “click,” but it is a definite reality in my life! One of those treasured friendships is Katherine of “Katherine’s Corner.” I vaguely remember how we “met” a couple of years ago. She had a site called “The Friendship Society,” and I happened to run across it one day while searching for something, I can’t remember what. I briefly introduced myself and we corresponded casually for a few months. Eventually we began connecting online on a regular basis as I became a member of her Friendship Society and she became a member of the Ruby for Women community.
 
Since that time, our friendship has continued to grow through online correspondence as well as phone calls. I would love to visit her sometime, although that will probably never happen as I live in Indiana and she lives in Utah . . . . but that is the blessed gift that God has given us through technology – a friendship that probably never would have happened before the internet, because we simply would never have “met” one another.
 
Some of my most favorite “things” are my friends  ;o) Whether it be friends from years ago when I was just a young and naive new mother, or the friendships that developed as our children grew up together, or the friendships that I have been blessed with over the past few years, friends are truly a treasure! I am honored to be the co-host this week with Katherine for the  “Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop”  I hope you will join us too and perhaps you will make a new, life-long friend.
 
 
Thursdays Favorite Things Hop is where you can link your favorite post to share with old and new followers!
Here are the rules, yes there are rules. But just a few:
  • You must follow Katherines Corner. If you’re a new follower, please let her know and she’ll follow back. Please also follow my blog Mamas Little Treasures too before you start hopping. 
  • Leave a comment when you follow so we all know you stopped by
  • No adult content blogs.
  • Blogs only please.
  • Follow as many other blogs in the list as you can. Just click and go.
  • Leave a sincere comment or message on each of the blogs you visit and follow so they know you stopped by.
Now hop on and lets share our favorites. If you’d like to post this blog hop on your page, please just grab the linky code . Or if you would like to be a co-host,  please contact Katherine
  
Please grab the hop button to share with others, you can copy and paste the image with a link to KatherinesCorner.com OR grab the code from Katherines Corner it’s on the right sidebar.
It’s always nice to have the hop button on the post you link up. But is NOT mandatory.
 

 

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  1. Judy Haughton-James

    This is a wonderful tribute to friendship! As the saying goes “Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.” I will definitely be participating in this hop tomorrow. Take care and have a great Thursday.

  2. New End Studio

    Hi Nina, now I know why your blogspot wasn’t updating, you are here instead! Thanks for cohosting. Just switched to follow this blog instead of the old one. I am awake! lol

  3. Judy Haughton-James

    Hello on this Thursday from Jamaica. Last night I left a comment but this morning I am here again to congratulate you on being co-host for Katherine’s Thursday Favourite Things Blog Hop. I am already a Follower of your Blog and now following you on Networked Blogs. Have a good day.

  4. Katherine

    Nina, what a beautiful post and tribute to your lifetime friendship with the lovely Jane, her book is now prominent on my must read list. As I continued to read this post (with tears falling onto my cheeks) I rejoiced in our friendship.Happy in knowing no matter what the distance, hearts meet, friendships are formed, and our lives remain forever changed because of it.
    xo

  5. Ricki Jill Treleaven

    Hello! I am linking over from Katherine’s. Thanks for co-hosting the party! I am your newest follower, and I hope you will come visit me, too.

  6. Royalegacy

    New GFC follower, please stop on by my blog and follow me back.
    Royalegacy

  7. kausar iqbal

    “A world without friends is like a garden without flowers”.so my dear friends bloom and be happy .

  8. Shirin Rose

    Hi! I’m here from the blog hop at Katherine’s corner! Thanks for co-hosting this week. Looking forward to catching up and getting to know you through your blog!

  9. Kelly K.

    Hi, new GFC & Networked Blogs follower here, linking up for the first time, http://babyfeetandpuppybreath.blogspot.com/
    Hope you can stop by, say hello and follow me back. Thanks and have a great day!

  10. GraceinAZ

    What a lovely post! I am blog hopping & following you from Katherine’s Corner. Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/

  11. Jacque

    Hello! I’m a new follower, and just hopped over here from Katherine’s Corner…this is new to me, but it looks like it will be a lot of fun! I enjoyed your special post….nowadays it is the blog friends that I am making that keep me inspired, and encouraged. Thanks for sharing, and for co-hosting!

  12. Maxine

    What an awesome post Nina! So heartfelt, I really enjoyed reading it!

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