Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Friendships that Stand the Test of Time

Sandi has been a blessing to me since the day we moved next door to her in Boca Raton, Florida, in November of 1979. Our husbands both worked for IBM, we both loved cats, her southern charm fascinated me, and she already knew all about being a mom to three children. She was my "go to girl" for so many things, including taking care of Tara until my mom could get there while we were giving birth to Leah! Her daughter, Shannon, was the best "mother's helper" and babysitter when I was expecting Leah, and Tara just adored every minute she could spend "playing" with Shannon.
Shannon and Sandi meeting Emery
We kept in touch and visited one another over the years, and as God would have it, Sandi and two of her children and their families live in Georgia, not too far from Leah! We have really enjoyed being able to share the joys of "grandmotherhood" with one another over the past couple of years. She has 3 grandchildren with a 4th on the way, and just as I did when my children were little, I know that Leah could call on her in a heartbeat and she would be there. Wow, does that bless my heart since I am 7 hours away!

Sandi, Shannon, and their husbands came to Leah's bearing gifts and dinner from Olive Garden last Thursday afternoon. It is always so good to see them and we were blown away by their love and generosity! Shannon and Mike have a son, Mason, and are expecting a little girl in May.

Baby Ballerina outfit for Emery so she can follow in her Mommy's footsteps and dance!

Watch out Nathan and Natalie...Grandpa is ready!

More wonderful books to read to the grandkids

Mike, Emery, Shannon and Mason (about to be a big brother!)

This yumminess needs no description!

It was a wonderful visit which ended all too soon. (Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of Sandi's husband, Al, or Kyle, but they were both there as well!) We are so grateful to Sandi and her family for loving our grandchildren the way they loved our children. We treasure their friendship and look forward to celebrating the birth of their newest granddaughter in May! 


  1. I so wish that I could've been there to see the Hearns! How we love them!

  2. It is so wonderful to have friends like that! :) How comforting to a grandmother. :)

  3. I know and love the Hearns dearly. Wish I could have seen them as well. What wonderful gifts (Sandi has a special knack for knowing just what to give everyone) for all, and food from Olive Garden looked scrumptious! These are definitely "forever" friends.