I had a birthday earlier this month - another year has come and gone already! Seasons change and time passes and life is mostly good. In those good times, or not so good, the journey is much richer having my "forever" friends to walk through it with. I have two of those special friends that I have known for many years now. Together we have celebrated, laughed, mourned, cried, prayed, shared and grown. My world is better for having the two of them in it and so grateful that God brought us together.
We have been trying to get together for lunch once a month to catch up but with lives being full it doesn't always happen that regularly. We may see each other briefly, talk or text but there is nothing like taking an hour or two to catch up in person.
This past gathering the two of them treated me with Birthday gifts. We go for simple rather than extravagant - a little way to honor each other. What you see above is what I received. One friend chose a purse sized coloring book and pencils to take along for those times of waiting for an appointment, in the car etc. She especially chose an outdoor wonder theme "because I know you like that kind of stuff". She also included the yummy treats (which I have been trying to ration out...) because I may have a bit of a sweet tooth.
My other friend hand painted (she is a talented artist) the garden markers because "I wanted to do something special". She stalked my Pinterest pages to see what I had my eye on and the result is beautiful!
These gifts are significant. They are significant because they speak to who I am. These friends have taken the time to listen when I ramble on about my garden, to pay attention when I am craving chocolate, to know that coloring will relax me.
The gifts are special, to be sure, but the real gift here is the gift of being known - something I will treasure long after the paint has worn from the rocks, all the pages have been colored and all the chocolates have been consumed. (And in the case of the chocolates may be sooner rather than later...)