my friend brenda just chastised me for neglecting to write you.
you would love her, because she has all the same aspirations and
has succeeded in raising five amazing children. she is also very
'crafty' like you!
we have homeschooled our 10 children together, taken vacations
together, saved each other's lives multiple times, and endured our
husbands' best friend status for over 25 years. when the Lord gave
brenda to paul, He was really handing a special present to me.
so, i guess this is really about friends, again. i don't think it is
possible to raise Godly kids in a vacuum. they begin to tune us out
as they grow up, but continue to listen to wise men and women
who have poured love and fun into their lives.
my girls pay special attention to brenda's wisdom and would
shudder to disappoint her. she has taught them how to cook, put
pills down dogs' throats, be mountain women, and make 'brenda
balls' (delicious peanut butter filled chocolate candies.)
her extremely high standards for purity have made a profound
impression on each of them.
the boys think paul is the coolest dad ever and love to ski and fish
with him. one of my favorite paul stories is of him on the stream,
untangling his hook from a branch, saying casually, "fishing
rod-$300, patagonia vest-$150, waterproof pants and shoes-$200,
....the ability to cast, priceless!"
during those outings, he has taken numerous opportunities to spur
them on to pursue adventures in the Lord.
...some friends are more loyal than 'brothers'. proverbs 18:24