Today I am busy preparing a meal for my friends who have recently lost their father and for one that lost her husband. It has been a tough six months for my circle of friends, who we laughingly call ourselves the Clematis Club.
One has lost a mother, another a father, one lost a spouse, another a brother. In six months. Tough times.
But lucky for us we have one another.
We have seen one another through births, deaths, divorce, bad dates, bad jobs, surgeries, illness, to many margarita's, weightloss, weight gain, PMS, menopause and hotflashes and bad hair days....and that is just the beginning.
As I busily prepared the meal ,with the help of other members of our flock for the ones who were left bruised, I had a conversation with my friend, High Mae. High Mae:"I cannot imagine what she must be going through......but that being said, I love our group. How we rally when one is down. How no one needs to say anything of a need, it is just taken care of. I love that."
She's so right. We are truly blessed by one another and our friendships. They are relationships that cannot be explained, only understood.
I sat down to my computer, after not having a moment to read much of my emails last week. I found this email from my mother, who just happens to be another of my best friends. How I love her.
" Leigh, did you see this? Kind of reminds me of your friends. ILU, Mom"
And so I opened it up. And I related. And I cried. And I laughed. And I cried again. It was so reflective of just the last week. And of the many years that I have been blessed by their friendships. And how my heart swells when I think of how fortunate I am to be in the midst of them all. They are my calm (and dance partners) within many of life's rainstorms. How awesome. How truly awesome.
"Life is not about getting through the storms, But rather about learning to dance in the rain."
This is for my girlfriends....those pictured and those not pictured.
And this is for you.....because so many of us (women) can identify with this.
Life is short. Mend fences. Tell your friends and family that you love them. And rejoice. Always rejoice.
And remember, what God leads you to, he will lead you through.
Updated: My deepest condolences to these dear bloggers who have had recent losses. Please lifted up in prayer and add to prayer list, as well as my friends who have recently lost.:
sweet cottage dreams who lost her son.
The McClenahan's who lost their daughter, Cora
My friend, Tammy of Greek Grits shared her "storm".
May we all come together and pray for healing.
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