|Me and my Best Friend Nikki|
Sometimes, God blesses us in ways that are more valuable than even we can comprehend.
Maybe you've been blessed with some wonderful friends in your lifetime. Or maybe only one. But I hope and pray that each of you have, or will be blessed with a friend as wonderful as mine. I have other wonderful, rewarding friendships too. But that's a story for another day. Today I feel the need to recognize my sweet friend Nikki.
She means the world to me! This is our story.
We met way back in the 7th grade.
I don't know about her, but for me it was instant friendship ~ and I will never forget those awkward pre-teen days. For whatever reason I never felt insecure around her. You know how young girls are in middle school. One day you're friends and then it changes...whichever way the wind blows. We didn't have any of that kind of nonsense. I don't really remember feeling upset with her until later in life (believe me we both had our moments, and well deserved, when we thought that the others actions and decisions were only hurting her). We went through Jr, High and High School together. We shared our first studio apartment on our own. We went through so many trials of life side by side. We were there for each others weddings and she was there to witness the birth of my first child.
|Nikki and her husband Brett|
And then we got busy and let time and miles come between us for awhile. As sometimes happens when you have husbands, jobs, young children, and all that other stuff...
Those were some of the hardest years of my life. Those years we rarely spoke. I can't say for sure what caused it, and it really doesn't matter now. We reconnected in time and vowed never to let that happen again. It's just a dark and distant memory now.
Sometimes it seemed we could look at each other and know exactly what the other was thinking. We experienced so much of our lives together. Oh the stories we can tell!!!
|Scrapping and laughing and drinking coffee. Hanging out in our pajamas ~ that's what we do.|
I thank God for providing me with such a true friend. We are separated by hundreds of miles now, but we still make a point to email and talk as often as we can. Even if that isn't as often as we'd like. We have a girls weekend at a beach house each year. Just lazing and scrapbooking and wake-the-dead karaoke in between mochas and margaritas.
|Beach house trip to Lincoln City, Oregon 2011|
|Beach House trip to Bandon, Oregon 2010|
With our facials ~ we've got it going on!!!
|Cocktails before karaoke...luckily all the neighbors were very far away! |
We have 80's hair for the 80's karaoke!
If we're really lucky, we sneak a couple of little weekend visits here and there through the year. The times I've spent with her are some of the best times I've had. I always feel so comfortable and at ease. I can tell her anything. And, Poor Dear, sometimes I really have.
|Nikki and I at a Classmates Gathering|
She's helped me through some of the hardest times in my life...like only a really devoted friend can do. She's seen me ball my eyes out...and she's known when to keep her opinion to herself. And she's shown up to tell me, like a good friend, when I need to straighten up and get over myself.
|Another painful karaoke experience...I like to lip sync!!!|
Nikki, Me, Joy and Eric
|Posing like Divas on the beach 2009 Girls Weekend|
Nikki, Jennifer, Michelle and me
It seems only fitting that I let her know...how much of a difference she's made in my life. How important her friendship is. That her generosity doesn't go unnoticed. She has an unwavering faith in God. She's devoted to her husband and her kids. She can make me laugh without any words.
We are planning to have neighboring apartments in a beachside retirement home when we grow old.
Oh, something to look forward to !!!
|Nikki holding the lion cub at the West Coast Game Park in Bandon, OR|