I am blessed with the best friend in the entire world. I know most of you reading this will contest this and claim that yours is better, but you’re wrong. 😉 And though I could go on and on and sing the praises of my friend Michelle, I will just tell you that I love her because she’s the real deal. She accepts who I am and praises who I am (flaws included) and I in turn do the same for her. When the world gets all “wonky” and I don’t think anyone will understand, she does and she makes me feel better about it all. When other friends have betrayed me, when things have gone bad, when people have walked away from me… Michelle stays and supports me. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Every Tuesday Michelle and I get together for coffee, conversation, bible study and prayer. Though we are both extraordinarily busy people with completely different lives, we make that time for each other because it’s important. We nurture our friendship each and every week and I grow more and more thankful that she’s in my life. It’s one of my favorite days of the week.

This Monday (we pulled a switcheroo) we got together to have dinner and celebrate Christmas together. We had a wonderful time, as usual, but got to talk about how much we appreciate each other, especially in the past year or so, which has been difficult for both of us. Though we exchanged gifts and I absolutely love what she got me, Michelle is the only gift I need. And though this sounds a bit like a love letter, I say and mean it all because friendship like that is priceless.

I love you Shell Bell and hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I am eternally grateful for your friendship.

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