Thursday, February 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Monica

Today is my friend Monica's birthday. (see her great blog)

A little over 6.5 years ago the Lord brought the Bird family to the church that we were attending. Monica and I would have brief conversations in the nursing mother's room, and other church functions, but it was not until early 2004 that we became good friends. Monica did something that I don't think that I would have had the guts to do, she let me sell her house. I had just received my Real Estate Agent's license and she was very brave to allow me to help them sell their home and purchase another. Through this process we talked more and the friendship started to grow.

I do not think that I would have survived this journey without her. She has been my constant voice of encouragement. When I am down and in tears I always know that she will have a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear. I can not tell you the countless times that I have retreated to her house when things are just too much to bear.

She has taught me so much about how to be a good mom, just by being a fabulous mom to her 7 children. I love to watch her interact with her kids. She has such a great relationship with her older daughters. I hope to have the same type of relationship with my girls as they grow into young women. I know that some days are hard, but her children are such a joy to be around. They are the kids that I want as my children's friends.

Many people go through life hoping for the type of friend that I have found in Monica. She is a true friend, never judgmental, yet I know she shoots straight from the hip and will tell me like it is. She is full of compassion and love.

Monica, my friend, I hope this day holds special surprises for you and that as you start this next year the Lord will fullfill the desires of your heart. It is a privilege to call you my friend.

1 comment:

Monica said...

Okay, you made me cry. I wasn't expecting that at all. Thanks.

I remember when I started going to 2nd RP. Everyone was nice and all, but they had a long history together that I knew I could never be a part of. That's just the way life is. You let me in, just because that's the kind of person you are.

It was a lonely time with so many little kids and being disconnected. I so needed just to be known by someone and that someone was you. I'm so glad.

Here's to many, many more birthdays, my friend!!