Life as Thank you 19

May 9, 2016 0 By Mirm

mrm jcmJulie, my forever friend!

You have been my lifelong friend.  There are not enough words to say how grateful I am for you.  I am who I am today because God put you in my life!  I decided this year to write an old-school thank you note each week to someone and tell them how much they mean to me.

I suppose I could give a laundry list of the things I am thankful for, but mostly I want to tell you that of all the people I have ever known, you are in the top 10 most influential people in my life.  Most of my memories, both extraordinary and ordinary, include you.  I always wanted to be like you; you are so talented, pretty, smart and kind. I have loved doing life with you, even though we have not lived near each other for most of it.

  • Thank you for the laughter
  • Thank you for the prayers
  • Thank you for being my matron of honor
  • Thank you for knowing the song of my heart and singing me the words when I forget.
  • Thank you for knowing when I need to talk and for being a good listener, even hearing the things I don’t say.
  • Thank you for creative projects, beginning with that frozen clay!
  • Thank you for the secret codes and fun memories in church
  • Thank you for teaching me about art and paint and calligraphy.
  • Thank you for sharing my values, your family and our faith.
  • Thank you for always telling me the truth. Always.
  • Thank you for thinking of me as often as you do.

I love that you make time for me when you come visit and that we love so many of the same things! I am grateful you have forgiven me when we have fought (maybe only one time in 50 years) and when I pulled mean pranks (like buttermilk). I have never felt like an obligation or an inconvenience, even when I might have been.  I truly feel believed in, treated with loyalty and honor, encouraged and put first.

I will always be loyal to you, no matter the cost. I will always believe in you, always expect the best of you and always stand my ground in defending you. I love you Julie.  May you know the joy of the Lord all of your days as we continue to walk toward home!

With Hope,

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