Saturday, October 18

You've Been a Friend

Sherry at My Journey Back has started a new meme. It is about friends that are precious to us and she's invited me to join. This looks like a lot of fun. I'm to write a post about a friend that means a lot to me, either a blogging or real world friend.

This week I'm going to write about my friend, Jo Ann. I met her in 1976 when I was selling Avon door-to-door. She had five children and I had one. Over time we became very good friends and we've been through a lot together.

We helped each other out as our children grew. We shared food, money and anything else. What one had, the other was welcome to. We've watched family members celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, weddings. We clung to each other and cried when family members passed on. We've held each other up, supported one another and cheered each other on. We've traveled dark valleys, climbed high mountains and stood on the top of those mountains and watched the sunshine break through the clouds.

Yes, Jo Ann and I have been friends since we were young women and now we're growing old together. Jo Ann has been a definite blessing to me throughout the last 32 years. Thank you, for being such a great friend.
Now I'm supposed to tag one friend to do this meme. Mmm! Such a hard choice, but I am going to tag Hootin' Anni. ;-)

If you would like to take part in this meme, just copy the button and then go to My Journey Back and add your name to Mr. Linky and then pass the meme along to ONE friend. How lovely that Sherry would encourage us to share one of the most precious gifts on earth - Friends.


  1. Beautiful story, so great to have a friend like that:) Have a great weekend:)

  2. Mary what a blessing.
    I am glad that God has given you such a friend....we all need them. I can't imagine going through the last few years without my friends both here and off the computer.

  3. Oh, and I wanted to let you know your grand kids will always remember decorating with fondness. I remember raking leaves with my grandfather...he would rake them up with us and then let us jump in them. It brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.

  4. Such a beautiful post in honor of your friend. Loved it!

  5. I am playing catch-up tonight and enjoyed the lovely story about your friend - there's nothing better than a good and loyal friend!

  6. Oh Mary wow you have a wonderful friend. Isn't it wonderful that you have stayed friends for so long! God has really blessed you.
    Thanks so much for sharing your sweet story. And thanks for taggin' Anni I can't wait to read her post.
    Many Blessings,

  7. Such a sweet tribute to your friend.

  8. How cool is that to be friends for all those years. I'm not surprised with you though.

  9. Sounds like a sister of the heart!
    Mama Bear

  10. Jo Ann sounds like a true friend! Which is a blessing!

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