In January 2011 I had been back in Georgia not quite a month when Violet and I had a conversation (over facebook) which ended with me being invited over for Dinner on Aaron's Birthday. Pizza, cake, Despicable Me, some conversation, and a particularly embarrassing phone call from my Dad later...I think we were well on our way to being friends. :)
I'm so grateful for the kindness and love that's been shown to me by all the members of the Barnes family (and their relatives)! They're truly some of the best people I know. One of my favorite things about this situation is that I can call each member of this family "friend".
It took longer for some than others to get on board with that relationship...
Yes, I'm looking at you with that one, Maecie.
I'm especially grateful for the friend that I've found in Violet. I've been blessed in so many ways because of my association with her.
I don't think I can really put into words just how much I admire, love and appreciate her. She is, in so many ways exactly what I think a "best friend" should be. She's kind and tender, but also strong and firm. She helps guide me (mostly by her example) to be better than I am. She's understanding and thoughtful. She's trustworthy and loyal. She is so many things that I want to be one day. For now, I'll just have to settle for being around and learning from her. It's so nice when you can recognize the Lord's hand in all the different areas of your life. I was blessed more than I deserve when He saw fit to place her (and her family) in my life.