Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Sometimes we just need a hug, a pat on the back or a word of encouragement from someone that we know really cares. Deep down I have a huge desire to just be loved on and taken care of. At times it's hard for me to express that without coming across as being needy. My husband knows it and he knows exactly when I am needing that love and attention the most. But when I receive attention and love from other women, it truly meets a need in a therapeutic way. I have struggled with feelings of hurt a lot in my life, actually too much. It helps when someone comes along that can really just love you through it and believe in you no matter what. Family can do that, our husbands can do it but friends can do it like no other. Friends don't have to love you, they choose to. For that, I am so thankful for my precious friend Kathy. I like to refer to her as my "Fairy God Mother". Often she changes my world in a second with just something she says to me. She arrives on the scene and takes care of me. No matter how much I get down on myself, she shows me that anything is possible. I know that I can pick up the phone to call her and always have acceptance on the other end. She knows I don't like to be preached at. She knows I need gentle pushes as I face the truth in my life. I don't handle things well from a drill sergeant, she knows that. It's comforting to know she is in my corner and that she will always defend me and honor me no matter what. I really need that in my life. I think we all do!

Kathy, I will do the same for you. I love you and thank you for loving me as if I were your very own daughter. Happy Birthday Kathy! You are a gift to my family and we all love you so much.


Kaufee said...

Good thing I have tissue at my desk. That is so sweet. I love you more than you will ever know Mandi. I remember one time I made the ugliest clay jar. I was so embarassed about it. I was afraid to go home to show my Mom and Grandfather because it was so ugly. My Grandfather took it from my hands and put in on a shelf above the fireplace--where all the "important things" dwelled. I asked him why would he do that with such an ugly thing. He said anything from you Kathy is beautiful and it belongs above the things on this special mantle because it was made by you. I remember how much my grandfather loved me and I didn't have to do anything. Mandi, I place you on my mantle above the special things because you are you. Thanks and I love you. Kaufee

Amanda said...

I just can't believe how you put things, it's so amazing. I feel so blessed to have you and I am honored that you would say those things about me. It's so funny how Josiah used to call you Kaufee/coffee because he couldn't say your name. Now he really believes that's your name! I am so glad God put you in Mom's life because I got you too!

Dionna Sanchez said...

What a blessing to have a friend like that in your life!

Kelly Ann said...

You are truly blessed to have Kathy in your life and in your corner!

Love you!

Karen said...

Kathy has been good for all of us. She is a blessing and a true friend. I love her dearly.

luv u

Kaufee said...

Now you asked for it but I have a praise report. I have had some issues for a while now. Being lonely is a terrible feeling. I would rather feel hungry or cold. I had some friends recently that I let go because they were not true friends. They used me and I knew it but they were all I had. My bestest friend KP told me in a nutshell to let them go. After fighting it a little, I did. I was even more lonely and just decided that working and isolating myself would fix everything. I got the feelings that went along with that isolation causing more negative feelings. I prayed that God would show me His love and show me why am I in this place. It just wasn't fair at all. He let me know that I am just where He wants me and when I wait He has my attention. I remembered my favorite scripture-they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength and they shall rise up as eagles.....I say that everytime I have to wait still waiting to fly with the eagles. The last few birthdays were very lonely and several holidays become very lonely. Yes, I could call people and say let's do something but I want someone to call me. I want someone to make an effort to be my friend as I have made efforts in the past. I want someone to fuss over me and make over me. God is speaking to me daily and He wants me to make over Him, fuss over Him and make an effort for Him. That has changed my thinking and my mind and heart. Yesterday I had so many people fuss over my birthday and I have never had that before and I am 49 now. Blogs, calls, flowers, emails, songs and the list goes on. God showed me yesterday that a lot of people love me and they love me for no reason except of who I am. I am excepted and I have approval. I didn't have to do anything, I didn't have to pay anything and I didn't have to ask for anything. I am so thankful for my true friends that love me and bless me. They don't suck the life out of me and drain me of every ounce of energy I ever thought about having. They bless me, nourish me, fill me and encourage me. They were sent by God because that is what He does for me every day and I don't have to ask, pay or do anything. He just does it because He loves me, accepts me and approves of me. Thank you God for giving me Godly women to be my friends so that I can feel your love more each day. I am so blessed. I can feel the fingers of air lightly touching my head as if something is blowing by. Could it be the wings of eagles???