~~ Lori, one of my very dearest friends of all time is coming to visit in two days. Lori and I met when she visited the church we were planting in Virginia 13 years ago. She was new to the area and so was I. I was lonely and needing friends and the Lord brought her along at just the right time. We have walked through many trials together in our 13 years of friendship: when the MS was so horrible, it was Lori who would randomly show up with meals and encouragement; when we flew four years ago from Colorado to John Hopkins because Dw had to have heart surgery it was Lori who drove all the way to Maryland to sit with me and the kids. I confided in her that I was so scared and what if something went wrong? She said, “I have already told my work that I might have to take extended time. I will be here for you.” That’s a true friend! While I was in Africa in December Lori had to have a mastectomy. I called her from Africa. She is a faithful friend and a great keeper of confidences. I love her dearly and am so thrilled that she is coming to visit me again.
~~ Lisa and Mark, (sweet friends of ours) who have humongous hearts for the orphan. They live in a neighboring town about an hour and a half away, but pop over to our church every now and then with their precious kids. There is no doubt that Elijah and Elizabeth love seeing kids “with the same skin on.”
~~ another friend I have found who does Thankful Thursday: Gaye
~~Butter. Yes, I love butter. Not the fake stuff and yes, I am probably a butter snob – only liking the real, honest-to-goodness stuff from the cow (lightly salted please). And while I’m mentioning butter….could anyone tell me why all the good tasting stuff is so stinkin’ high in calories and fat grams? Why is it that Brussel Sprouts are not high in calories and fat grams? Is there anyone out there who actually likes Brussel Sprouts? I love vegetables. I really do. But there is one exception. Yup, you guessed it: brussel sprouts. Ugh, just the thought of them makes me gag.