Throughout the past year, I've been blessed with a community of people who truly know what it means to care. These friends are the ones who:
-say they will pray for you,
and then they really do.
-ask how you're doing,
then actually stick around and listen for the answer.
-remember that your husband is out of town,
so they bring dinner and keep you company.
-you can send a text message to at any time of the night,
and know that they aren't bothered.
-ask for forgiveness when they know they've unintentionally said something to offend you,
instead of brushing the issue under the carpet.
-see mint chocolate at the grocery store and buy it for you,
because they remember it's your favorite.
-are, you know, the "real deal."
I've had many friendships in my past that I certainly value and for which I am thankful. But the friends my family and I gained in 2010 are ones that will be forever cherished. My prayer for 2011 is that I can become more and more of a gift to these people like they've been to me...
See you next year!