"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares." -Henry Nouwen
So it's my turn to gush about my wonderful friend Michelle :) I met her when we were both pregnant with our 2 year olds. We became friends at first over the internet, and I occasionally drove the 2 hrs to visit. Finally I moved to the same city and we now live only a mile apart. It is great to have her so close. I tell her everything, and she still likes me lol. She is always offering to help me when I need it. Many times she'll watch the boys so I can take a shower, or help clean up my messy house.
A few days ago she offered to watch my baby for me overnight so I could get some sleep. He wakes up a lot at night and I was just exhausted. I warned her over and over that he didn't sleep well, but still she kept offering. So I gave in, who am I to keep her from the blessing that come from service? LOL She took him from 9pm-7am and I was actually able to sleep! It was wonderful! I'd forgotten what it felt like not to be exhausted. And she didn't complain at all that he was awake from 2-4am and got up at 6am. She's the most amazing friend ever! God definitely knew what he was doing when he had our paths cross almost 3 years ago.