Yes, I know it’s Saturday morning, but sometimes Friday turns into Saturday before you know it. So, here we are. It’s still Friday somewhere…right?
I haven’t written a 5-minute Friday post in several weeks. I don’t know why exactly? I like this weeks theme of “Story” and after spending time with one of my closest friends last night, I had to join in the conversation.
Everyone has a story and for 5-minutes, here, on this page, I’m going to talk about Jill and a little bit of her story because I want you to be blessed by her life as much as I am. She’s amazing and though I don’t tell her enough, I want her to know that.
I certainly cannot do Jill’s story justice in 5-minutes. But you can read more on her blog at Ramblings on Anything.
Over the last five years, Jill has walked through some of the most difficult “life events” that one can experience.
She lost her mom to cancer, longed for a baby, had a beautiful baby girl, continued grieving the loss of her mother and the reality that her daughter would not meet this incredible woman who had shaped Jill into the woman she is today.
When she and Andy decided they wanted to try for baby #2, she knew it would not be easy. She had proven that “easy” wasn’t necessary. She just needed possible.
Over the next several months, she would deal with the heartache of more than one miscarriage. She walked through it with grace and never lost faith. After a tempestuous season, she is now more than half way through her pregnancy with their second (miracle) baby.
Like I said, 5-minutes isn’t enough to write about this amazing woman and her journey, so in these last 2 minutes that I have to write I will tell you why I consider her one of my dearest friends…
~ She is one of 3 people I know I can call when I am sitting on the floor of my closet with the light off and the door closed, having a moment of mommy insanity.
~ We share a mutual love for Twilight and know that we will go see the latest movie at least three times, not caring what anyone thinks of us! We like to take arm-length pics in the theater even though we know they will be dark and grainy. It’s about memories, not perfect lighting
~ Though she is far from being a germaphobe, she knows that I am and therefore, always has hand sani at the ready.
~ She loves my daughter and treats her like a human being not an annoyance.
~ I know that I can text her at 11:00 p.m. and she will answer.
~ She is the first person I think of and will ask to join me when I want to go to the symphony.
~ She is the only person I go and have mani/pedis with. (She knows I’m weird and will only go where they clean their equipment in an autoclave.)
~ When I am struggling with either something ridiculous or significant, she will treat them both the same and respond with wise and godly counsel instead of allowing me to focus on the things that are out of my control.
~ She has given me a front row seat to her journey through pain and loss, incredible joy and thanksgiving. She lets me walk along side her, sharing the deepest parts of myself and my world while showing me what it looks like to keep a strong faith during times of uncertainty. There is no judgement, only acceptance, grace and a mutual respect for the other. My life is so much better with her in it.
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This is too sweet. It means so much, thank you Joy. I am blessed by YOUR friendship. Thanks for always being there for me too…COUNTLESS times something has appeared at my door or my desk on the hard days – you have such a gift of encouragement, and your heart that longs for the raw honest truth of anyone’s story, not just mine, is what draws people to you. I’m so glad you allow me to share mine with you, and I’m deeply grateful for the way you have shared YOUR story with me. I consider it a rich blessing to be entrusted with your story.
Thank you, friend.
These words mean so much.
Just so you know out of respect for you I washed my hands before I left this comment. 🙂
I think it is awesome to honor your friend this way. I think we all should look for ways like this that we can honor those that mean so much to us.
Hahaha! That comment literally made me laugh out loud, Mark. Thank you for being a faithful reader and commenter. I appreciate you!
Wow! What a marvelous friend and story you have shared! She is very blessed to have you in her life! (I also did 5 minute Friday on Saturday this week and I am a preacher’s kid too)
Thank you, Melissa!
That’s awesome! We preacher’s kids have to stick together!
My middle name is Joy! 🙂
What?! That’s awesome!