I am grateful for a weekend spent with dear friends from Austin who were willing to drive for over six hours in the car with an 18 month old, each way -- just to spend time "being" with all of us (and meet Sofia, of course!). To watch "children" I've known since birth, with their own children... priceless!
Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter;
whoever finds one finds a treasure.
Faithful friends are beyond price,
no amount can balance their worth.
Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
those who fear God will find them.
Those who fear the Lord enjoy stable friendship,
for as they are, so will their neighbors be.
~Sirach 6: 14-17