Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Warmth of Friendship

I received this blanket a few months ago from a friend in my ward. Even though she is laden down with multiple children, she found time to make an adorable fleece throw for me. When she brought it by, my whole day felt brighter because I knew somebody was thinking of me.

This blanket has been well loved since then. It has warmed little feet during early morning family scriptures. It has helped me quiet a broken hearted two year old. It covered my shoulders when I was ill with infection. It has been a fort, a cape and a comfort.

Many times,through our brief cold spell, I have looked at this blanket and smiled. Knowing it was given to me by someone who loves me and my family. I believe it is my all time favorite blanket.

It occurred to me that this blanket was only one representation of the many acts of kindness and expressions of love our family receives on a consistent basis.

From scrubbing my floors on hands and knees to dropping off a loaf of Amish Friendship Bread, I am continually reminded of the giving hearts of those around me.

We live in a ward that is so much more like a family than anything else. My children know the houses they can stop at en route to school in case of an emergency. I know if any one of these ward members were to see my child in need, they would stop to help. If someone in the family is having problems, the whole ward combines their faith and works to help.

It has consistently been like this in the almost 8 years we have been here. People reaching out to another. Caring and lifting the hands that hang down.

I love knowing there are people I care about, that care about my family, on every street of my neighborhood. I love knowing I could call on anyone to help at anytime. I love having a ward full of friends that bring a smile to my soul and laughter to my heart.

So as I start to pack up all the warm blankets for the season, I smile to myself as I come to this one. It means so much more to me than I imagine my friend ever thought it would. To me, it represents how abundantly the Good Lord has blessed me with good friends.


Shauna said...

Thank You for the much needed smile :)

Erin said...

That was very sweet. I hope to one day feel that way about my ward.

Melissa said...

What a sweet post. I too feel very blessed to have such a wonderful ward family who has been there for me and my family through some difficult times. Love the Blanket! Its those small acts of kindness that make the world a better place.

Becky said...

We have a ward just like yours. It is such a joy! When we started looking for a house, we prayed that we would be able to stay in the ward boundaries if at all possible. Turns out, it was possible. Yippee!

queenbee4 said...

that's so cool! YOu made me feel all squishy inside... to return the favor I've given you an award! Come to my blog to get it!

Fiauna said...

How nice. She just made you a blanket--just because. Wow, what a wonderful friend. You truly are surrounded my angels, aren't you?

Boy Mom said...

Beautiful post! close loving wards are such a blessing.

That Girl in Brazil said...

We're looking to move soon. Can I move to your ward?

That Girl in Brazil said...

Psst. I LOVE that second picture!