Friends #fiveminutefriday

Five Minute Friday


Oh boy.  Friends. I've had a lot of these, over time.  In my past I invested a great deal of myself into friendships.  I made them a priority above almost everything.  I've had terrible friendships, I've had great friendships, but there has always been a struggle, a disconnect.  Though I've loved deeply, I haven't always aligned myself with the best people for me, the people who uplift me, the people who make me a better person.  Which is why, in general, I have ended my focus on friendships.  Instead, I focus on family.

I was blessed to be born into a group of incredible people.  I'm the oldest of seven daughters.  I have a father who is fair and kind.  I have a mother who is loving, passionate, and real.  I have six little sisters who are so different, all in wonderful ways.  Really, in the last few years, I have come to appreciate that in ways I never could before.  My dad always told me to spend time with my sisters because those are the friendships that last forever.  My dad always stressed the importance of family, above all else.  In my youth I shook my head, because he didn't understand.  I was wrong.

I've fostered fantastic friendships with my siblings.  I've made them a priority, because in the end, they love me for who I truly am.  They've loved me at my worst, they've loved me at my best.  They are the people I want to spend time with, they are my people.

That's not to say I don't have other friends, because I do, and I love them dearly.  But there's always a sense of mortality with them, knowing that people change and friendships evolve, and part of evolution is extinction.  And that's okay. It didn't used to be, and I've cried more tears than I can count over friendships gone awry.  But I am older now, and wiser.

They say that blood is thicker than water, which is very true.  My friends are the ones that God designed for me, the people that where born into my life, the people who are part of me.  My mom, my sisters, my cousins.  Those are the friendships that matter.  Those are the friends that I will keep, forever.



12 comments:

  1. What a blessing! You are truly blessed to be part of a great family and it's so true, we tend to cherish family more when we mature. Many, many blessings to you and your family.

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  2. Thank you! And to yours :)

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  3. Family is so priceless.

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  4. you have such a beautiful family and such an amazing treasure. you are truly blessed!

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  5. SIX sisters?! (Insert slight-jealousy...one brother, no sisters.) ;) But my friends have become my sisters, too. What a beautiful piece of your heart...thank you for this! And amazing picture, too...you are blessed. :)

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  6. That photo is just too much! It's a good thing to be friends with your sisters early on - real friends. You are truly blessed.

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  7. Gorgeous photo! And wonderful post

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  8. Beautiful family! I always wished I had a sister. (Well, I have 2 older step-sisters, but they are so much older than me, and we didn't grow up together, so we've never been close.) My cousins are basically my sisters though. ( :

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  9. visiting from FMF, Megan. Your father was right! you have been blessed with a family of friends!

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  10. Hey FMF buddy! This is a great perspective! So many times we look to the outside world to fulfill our friendships, when many of us have friends we have grown up with!!

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  11. How blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with your sisters. There is nothing like the love of siblings!

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  12. I have three best friend sisters. And I love them so. We've been through truly thick and thin...divorce, loss, celebration of every kind. I am blessed by these sister friends. I have lots of other friends too...and I've come to see that I am intimately connected with those I pray with, even if they aren't my social friends. They are my heart friends!

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