Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Black & White Wednesday ~ Friends {part one}

Have you ever had a friend that you can count on...

for anything...

at any time?

Have you ever had a friend who understand you completely...

and know what you are saying?

Have you ever had a friend who knows exactly what you are thinking...

or feeling?

Have you ever had a friend who is all "this"...

and more?

Well, I do! In fact, I feel very rich in my life to have the friends that I do!
{Sara, Elissa, Amy, Lori, Krista, Kelly, Gina, Diane, Megan, Jamie, Lisa, Jennifer, my Mom ~ well you get the idea!}

One of my dearest friends is Lori {who I did mention above}. We only have known each other since October 2008 (when we traveled to China for our daughters) but ever since that van ride from our landed flight at the airport in Beijing to our hotel on that very first night, we both had this connection that grew into what we have today....

and that is...

a friend for life!

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Lori and I used to talk every.single.day before she headed back to work this past January. Even when we were at Disney this past winter, we talked every.single.day. Our conversations are never brief {sound fimiliar Sara}. In fact I know the minute we got on the phone together, it is easily an hour's worth of talking, laughing, crying, complaining and yes "comparing our differences". BUT ~ Isn't that what friends do...

When we lived in Pennsylvania, our families only lived an hour apart.

Now that we live in DC, the distance between us has grown...

but because of that distance, it has made our friendship stronger!

We see each other at least once a month.

We have even taken vacations together and are planning more for the future.

Yes, I do believe we all need friends.

And as I said before, I am truly one very rich woman indeed because of the friends that I have.


(Here is the color version from the black & white photo displayed above. This photo was taken at the end of our visit together this past March. As you can see from the smile on our faces, we did a ton of laughing, a little bit of crying, and even had some difference of opinion {that's why we look like we do} but in the end ~ FRIENDS is what we are!)

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and for those of you who are keeping track, ever since Lori has gone back to work this past January, Lori & I only get to talk "a few times a week". While I so do miss my friend, I know that no matter what she is doing, she is ALWAYS there for me {as I am for her}...and now instead of our phones calls only lasting an hour...now we can chat & giggle for at least two ;)

***And coming this April, it is looking like I am finally going to get to meet in person one of the sweetest & dearest human-beings I have ever known...my long-time friend, Sara, when she & her husband come to DC for a visit!!!! Oh how I can't wait!!!!***


the long road

12 comments:

Elouise82 said...

Hurrah for beautiful friendships! I had to laugh at the bit about never being able to have a short conversation on the phone—when one of my friends and I talk, even when we try to keep it short it always runs long. Just saying goodbye can take fifteen minutes! True friends never run out of conversational topics :)

Gail said...

There is nothing like a true friend is there? I love how you both met, one of my best friends I met 6.5 years ago for the first time when we traveled to China for our daughters. We've been friends ever since. What I love is that our daughters are best friends too...for life.

Have a great week Shelly!

Love Letters To China said...

I don't have a huge amount of close friends, but the ones I do have are amazing. I can always count on them if I need a helping hand, shoulder to cry on or just put a smile on my face. Friendship is one of the best things in life. I can honestly say I never thought I would have so many new virtual friends to add to the mix. I hope to one day meet some of them and bond like so many have done so already. Also would like to add that adoption had brought new friends into my life. It's a blessing all the way around.

Happy Wednesday Shelly!

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

A true friend is so good for the soul!! You are very lucky to have each other!!


We need to talk about the jewelry piece! I will try and find your email in my mail folder!!

The Sanders Family said...

Oh I know exactly what you mean! A true friend is a blessing from the Lord! How lovely to express your love for your true friends. And great photo...you too look so joyful! :)

Frau said...

You are rich indeed what wonderful friends you have. Love the B&W photo best.

A little piece of 7th heaven said...

Lovely post..
two beautiful women...
joined by friendship..
simply beautiful!

Chris said...

Friends are such a blessing...
And when you find someone that 'you just click with'....it is a double blessing!!!

Love the pictures...

Life with Kaishon said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. She is beautiful. My best friend moved away and I really miss her. It is hard when we don't see them as often as we like! I am glad you have her : )

Wanda said...

Beautiful. I have a similar story. Met and feel in love with this family who travelled to China with us in 2004. Our daughters, from the same place are BFF's today as are we - the mothers. We live 8 minutes from each other and talk or see each other everyday. We travelled again in 2009 for our 2nd daughters and now they are becoming fast friends. What an incredible adventure. What a blessing!!!

I love this picture of you and your dear friend. Thanks for reminding me of this incredible gift!
:)

Felicia said...

What a blessing and I love this photo in black and white!!

Marla said...

Pretty ladies and sweet post!! What would we do without our friends?