Thursday, June 21, 2007

thankful thursday

a lot of bloggers post "thankful thursdays." i haven't felt a need to use this theme before now. don't get me wrong - i have a lot to be thankful for and consider myself a very grateful person. i thank God (almost) daily for His many blessings in my life. but after the fun i had today, i thought it would be a good day to do a thankful thursday post.

this is my friend, terri. we became friends after i joined her moms in touch group two years ago. we clicked almost immediately. we could sit together for hours and never have a need for something to say. i love our long discussions and i admire her in so many ways, especially her unwavering faith and the many ways she shares that faith.

anyways, she called me up last night to invite me to go with her to our local farmer's market and then to her pool. i immediately said yes to the market as i hadn't been yet and have wanted to go. but the pool... hmmm... i don't think so. and i told her that. that i didn't think i would want to get into a swim suit and go to a public pool. but i told her i would give her my answer when i met her at the farmer's market.

i met her this morning at the market. we had a great time. one of the first booths we visited was one that sold hats. we had the most fun trying on different hats. of course, she looks good in hats. i don't. but she kept telling me i did and between her and the sales lady, i didn't stand a chance of walking away without a hat. we asked the sales lady to take our picture - it was the least she could do after buying two hats from her.

as we walked through the market, terri would say things like, "you are coming to the pool" and "you have to come to the pool with me." her encouragement and the fact that it was nearly 100 degrees convinced me that a trip to the pool would be fun and a good way to beat the heat. and even though i didn't want to put on the dreaded swim suit, i agreed to go.

... and it was great. i had a wonderful time. another friend (and her daughter) from our group joined us. it was a very nice time of visiting, soaking up some sun, and enjoying the refreshing powers of the pool. and as i was driving home, reflecting on the day, i couldn't help but be thankful for such a good friend. one that cared enough to invite me to spend part of the day with her. one that could coax me out of my confort zone, which i need to do more often. one that makes the world a better place.

thanks terri for a wonderful day. and thank you, God, for bringing terri and i together.

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Penless Thoughts said...

What a lovely post. Yes, we need friends like that to encourage and prod us!!! I think you BOTH look great in the hats. Thanks for the pictures.

Lori B said...

Aren't good friends like that just the best.
So glad you have a friend like that.
The picture of you two looks good.

Anonymous said...

You mean I'm not the only one in the world who need to be prodded to do things like this. I'm proud of you for going. I would have been a wreck at the thought. I wish I could just be spontaneous and not so self conscience about everything in life.

I'm so glad you had a great time with your friend. I think this is why I love blogging, I never have to worry about how I look or what people will really think of me.

I also think this is why my husband is my best friend. He loves me just the way I am...

jennifer said...

Too fun! I love both fact the one you are wearing is so perfect...I am inspired!

Great way we as friends can be such an important person for another...I am so happy that you have terri!

Penless Thoughts said...

I remember this post at the time. True friends are truly a gift of God.