Included in that extended family are friends from all walks of life. One family of friends came into our life through a church in common. They had five kids at the time of our meeting and we had none, so we ministered to their oldest daughter and were enthralled with her wisdom and maturity at her young age of 11. We met the rest of the family and became attached to them through commonalities of life, spirit, and interests.
We could offer them our loving friendship, entertaining moments and admiration, and they reciprocated the same and added to the table mentorship and generosity. I think of them everyday and pray for them continuously, for reminders of them are all around us. From hand-me-down clothing to books to school supplies they have given us so much without expecting anything in return.
And although their greatest gift to us is their prayers, love, and the imparting of their wisdom, as a mother of four I can not help but appreciate the playset which their kids have out grown, but fits ours just perfectly.
Since assembly we have spent hours on end swinging, climbing, playing and imagining we were many places other than our front yard.
Even Flip has learned to climb up...
... and slide down.
For Eden, using the slide can be a little hair raising ;-)
The swings are the greatest attraction and have aided my kids in flying over many a mountain.
Thank you my dear friends.
"Why did you do all this for me?" he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you."
"You have been my friend," replied Charlotte. "That in itself is a tremendous thing."