Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Pass Out Candy Canes

It's been a fun week. Don't feel bad that I have purchased donuts for the firestation three times, and that people keep eating them before we get around to driving there.

This phrase is becoming all too familiar in our home..."Oh no!  Someone ate the donuts!"

Luckily no one ate the candy canes.

Meg and Steven accompanied me to the post office at 4:30pm 5 days before Christmas...who thought that was a good idea?

It was packed.

We were sending last minute gifts...and so were a million other people.  So while we were there Meg and Steven handed out candy canes.  The little ones loved them the best ––particularly the boy in the Disneyland sweatshirt.

But it was the conversation with the man behind us that I enjoyed the most.

He asked what we were doing and I told him it was Meg's idea to give something every day for 24 days in December and that Steven had agreed to help her.

"Are you related?"  He asked.

"Neighbors," we replied, "He lives right next door."

"Have you been friends for long?"  He wondered.

"Ten years.  From the moment they met.  Their birthdays are 3 weeks apart."

"Those are the best kinds of friends," he reminded us as we turned to walk out the door.

It's true.

I don't know if we prayed them here, or if they prayed us here but either way it has been a blessing.

For all of us.

Especially for Meg.

It's not often you find a friend willing to accompany you on a crazy whim...

He's a good friend.

On the way home he read us 45 life lessons written by a 90 year old. They made me so happy. A perfect end to a crazy adventure.

I thought you might enjoy a few of them...

Life is too short not to enjoy it. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. Get outside every day.  Miracles are waiting everywhere. The best is yet to come... Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

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Emily Freeman