Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Blessings

I've been going through some old letters that my best friend has sent me over the last 22 years. I am just amazed at how smart she is and how positive her outlook is. She is no doubt the reason I am sane these days (along with a few other very close friends). As I'm reading each of these, I'm thinking to myself "how did I get so lucky to find someone so much like me and so different from me and still be able to connect with her on such a profound & emotional level for so long?" The answer...I have no idea but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Then as I am still thinking of my question , I hear somewhere inside of me that sounds a whole lot like Tami say," because you are my friend as well". That made me realize a very important key in this extraordinary friendship that we have... we both have been an active participant. Not only has she always been there for me but that I have at least tried to always be there for her as well. We have shared so many stories, and ideas, and drinks, secrets that no one else knows, the frustrations of being a mother of a daughter. When we need to vent and yell about all the daily B*+=S^#- that is inevitable in this day and age I know that I can count on her to listen to me and vice versa no matter how long it's been in between phone calls, text messages, and e-mails. She is certainly my touchstone, my balance & reasoning in a world full of chaos and toddler tantrums. With all the time we've spent, I can not imagine my life without her in it so Tami if you're reading this "I Love Ya for Life my dear friend - Thanks for being YOU!"

The inspiration for my trip down memory lane came when I did a clear album about two months ago @ Archivers. I had taken the first class called 'Totally Clear Acrylic Album Workshop' and was hooked, in fact I made that particarlar one my 'wedding album' and so when I signed up for this class I took an inventory of what I already had done in the past and from there figured out what was missing from my 'collection'. Being that T is so much apart of my life that was the obvious answer, make this album about our lifelong friendship. This album has been an interesting journey and an eye-O-pening one too. First of all it has taken me forever to complete it for the simple fact that I was not prepared at all. For those of you that don't scrap, clear albums are the 'IN' right now but in order to do it you literally have to have all your ducks in a row so to speak, but you can't work in order by pages because of the way it will actually show through being that it's clear so; me not being prepared with photos and papers all cropped and ready to go was a mistake and thus took me twice as long. Second of all, finding enough pictures to fill the album was a huge challenge. Although T & I have years under our belt there are not a lot of photos with us together, usually one of us is taking a photo of the other then we flip-flop, so I have lots of photos of her and lots of photos of me, doesn't quite work. Anyhow I was able to come up with a solution for my problem, where there are suppose to be photos I put journaling instead and I think it has turned out wonderful, some photos and the story. Yeah!

So below I have included some photos of the album that I made to celebrate this awesome and amazing friendship that T & I have built over the last 2 decades. I do apologize for the photos being so dark, I'm still trying to figure out where the best place is to take them for posting, so bare with me one day I'll find the right spot. ; )



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