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I’m Super Late

Jillian here. I feel like the white Rabbit. I’m late, I’m late. I knew yesterday was my day to post but somehow, the day escaped me and then today did, too. I got sick from movie theater popcorn and have been kind of worthless since then. So, forgive me for my lapse.

I had a busy August. Traveled to see my son and his wife in the Orlando area and met the grand dog for the first time. Such a sweet hound. She never makes a sound and is so gentle and sweet. Precious.  We went on a lovely boat ride as well and had some nice meals. We just kind of hung out as my son had a deadline and my daughter in law had an open house for her real estate work. She and I did go boutique shopping one day and taste tested a ton of olive oils at one place. My son is very stable and settled with his wife and his architecture work. He’s found his bliss.

My younger son moved to the Chicago area and we had to get him set and all packed. His dad drove him up towing a U-haul trailer. It’s crazy expensive to have a car up there so we’re keeping it here. While it’s hard to let go, I want him to be happy and this is what he wanted to do. The good thing is he’s living with his best friend from school- they’ve been buds since the 4th grade and his friend has been living in Chicago a year with his girlfriend – they got a bigger apartment so my son could come up and see what kind of work he could find as he finishes his German studies. His goal is to be a translator and already has French and Spanish. He’s going to take some kind of proficiency exam while up there in order to qualify for the German part.

Seeing both my kids happy is something I’ve prayed for all their lives and having one already settled is great. Just have to keep praying that the other one finds his bliss as well.

Have a great September. 8C2F49D0-A7D4-4EC1-AA29-24584F012111AB713081-CFE9-4748-9E52-8FE3A230BCB4285F741F-04F4-4A18-B3F0-EE40AD8ACE0A09006E05-BA19-425B-8213-66A6A1017533


Bobble-head Gilbert and Clutter by Valerie J. Patterson

Bobble-head Gilbert and Clutter almost sounds like a comedy duo, doesn’t it?  Well, that definition certainly fits these two ladies who never fail to make me laugh no matter what kind of day I’m having!

Every once in a while God blesses me with the gift of friendship from extraordinary people.  These are people who enter your life and leave fingerprints upon your heart—touches so deep and so rare that you know in an instant they are very special and will have meaning in your life for a long time to come.  A short time ago, I spent a Saturday afternoon with two extraordinary women whose gifts of friendship I will cherish for a very long time to come.

Bobble-head Gilbert’s real name is Zenia—there’s just something special about her name.  I knew the moment I came across it several years ago that she would be a woman as lovely as her name.  Clutter—Tina—is her sidekick and niece and together, this duo leaves me with sidesplitting laugher and tears in my eyes.

The circumstances surrounding our introductions are not important to this writing, but they set into motion a trio of friendship that survives long periods of inactivity, and bridges the gaps in our lives.  As I was preparing for my visit at their home, I knew the time would be filled with laughter, some tears, sharing of our faith, and moments of hilarity.  I was not wrong!

Circling a kitchen table filled with fresh fruit, cheeses, crackers, bread, and various other dishes, we three sat and ate and talked and shared and laughed and cried until our tongues were tired, our sides ached, and our stomachs were full.  The gifts these two bring to my life are treasures that don’t seem to come along as often as a person would like.  My father always told me—during difficult times growing up—that the true friends in life are oftentimes the ones met during adulthood.  He wasn’t wrong.  Sure, I have people I stay in contact with from high school, but they’re not the people in my life that I turn to when I’m down, ill, or wanting to share happiness with.  Those that I turn to are my friends.  The ones who pick me up when I’ve fallen.  The ones who love me despite the fact I’m slightly odd—I admit it even if they don’t!

Tina has touched my heart on so many occasions that I just know she has a direct phone to God.  I’ve gotten cards or calls or email on days when I’ve been put through the ringer.  Days that I just needed a gentle touch or a smile.  I can’t repay that kind of care.  Do you know what I mean?

Bobble-head Gilbert is as un-self-involved as they come.  She’s humble.  She’s gracious.  She’s able to laugh at herself.  Plus she has a crown that proclaims her to be queen—but that title has never gone to her head!

When we get together—whether a great length of time has lapsed or not—we’re able to pick right up where we left off, and that’s usually in the middle of laughter.  The richness they add to my life cannot be measured in dollars or gold or silver or jewels, but I know with each hug I receive that I have been blessed.  That God hears our laughter and chuckles to Himself and knows that I value what He has given me.  I hope there is a Bobble-Head Gilbert and Clutter in your life.  I hope you know they’re a blessing.  I also hope you’re a Zenia or a Tina to someone else.

Until next time, hug a friend and I guarantee you’ll exercise your smile muscles!