lessons from a friend

over the last few years i feel as if i’ve just soaked up and learned so much from friends in my little world. i see them walk through fires and trials with grace. i see them reinvent themselves and use their gifts in amazing and creative ways. and i see open up their lives and allow me to peek in to how they do what they do.

this list is not exhaustive, not only in the women that i mention but in what each have taught me.

i’m sure someone will come to mind & i’ll come back and add a few more. these are just what’s on my heart today.

sibi~ be grateful for all things

regina ~ be wise

edie ~ be hospitable

susan~ be a humble servant

courtney ~ be an encourager to everyone

lisa leonard ~ be in the moment

my savannah~ be rooted and grounded

jill johnson~be joyful

linda ~ be loyal

jessica~be a voice for the oppressed

tara~be aware of where your heart is

jamie ( my oprah) ~ be a generous giver

jeanne ~ be intentional

shana ~ be a maker of the beautiful

kim ~ be kind

melanie ~ be fun


January 29, 2013 - 8:59 am

Kerri - Beautiful. Simple. I love this! I didn’t have time to comment yesterday, but I wanted to tell you that I have a lil SMK and I am so proud! I remember telling you last summer when Ava was four she went to Vacation Bible School. But the best part is that SHE GOT IT!!! It made this momma proud! And yesterday she took out her Children’s bible on her own and started telling each bible story in her own words looking at the pictures. when she woke up this morning, the first words out of her mouth were “momma, where is my bible?” I am so happy! I am going to make a list later of the lessons you posted here as a reminder to myself! XO

January 29, 2013 - 11:04 am

D'Nese - This made my heart smile. What a great group of friends and lessons to be blessed with. I NEED to learn to just LIVE and not stress so darn much. I NEED to learn to allow the above to happen in my own life and be willing to accept it. Sometimes my very independent self gets the best of me and I don’t just embrace the goodness around me. Your blog is helping me to see the greater good. The pictures you used for this post are wonderful. Love’em so much!
Have a great day.

January 29, 2013 - 11:40 am

Kim from 3 peanuts - How blessed you are to be surrounded by such amazing women, Paige. I wish I knew more of them. I am completely humbled and honored to be included among women with such beautiful hearts. Love this post. You have a grateful heart today.

Now to return the favor to you…..You have taught me to really rejoice in the beauty and fun of my children. As you always seem to delight in yours!!!!

Love you,

January 29, 2013 - 11:45 am

Lemonade Makin' Mama - All of them such sweet women to learn amazing things from.


January 29, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Amu Avery - I have loved every ounce of this post of yours! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful women and their sites here in this one place. Some of these ladies I have known and enjoy their blogs and others I have just found from this one great post. I have learned through this little thing we call life that we are all here on a journey each of us different and unique and going at our own pace, but ultimately we are all in this together. It’s through the togehterness and sharing of our uniqueness and in finding common bonds that this journey of life becomes interwoven into the larger tapestry that God has so intricately designed to weave us all together. I think of the internet and blogs and the sharing that goes on here as being one of God’s loom tools that he uses to knit us closer together into his tapestry. Through your sharing of these sites, you have in essence connected some of God’s threads and made it possible for a piece of his tapestry to be possibly conneceted. Thanks as always for allowing his light to shine through you!

January 29, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Jennifer - I love this post as much for the wonderful list of friends and the links to their blogs as for the idea. I’ve never really thought about one special quality in my friends but I think it’s time I do and let them know.

January 29, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Melanie - Love you, friend. Thanks for this.

January 29, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Jill Johnson - I second everything that Kim said! I am so honored to be included on this list!!! Soooo Honored! YOU, my friend teach me everyday about so many things! You teach me to be kind to my kids and patient and to really love them for who they are and to appreciate the qualities that The Good Lord gave them. You teach me to love internationally and to never give up on your dreams but to instead wait patiently for God’s perfect timing and most of all, I am challanged and inspired by you to serve. Love you so much!


January 29, 2013 - 8:04 pm

Linda Paul - Those who know you as a friend are so blessed! You are so wonderful to so many and what a God send you have been to me and my family!!

January 29, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Michele - Love this Paige! I am so very blessed to have you as my friend! I am so thankful for you and I really appreciate you “checking in on me” 🙂 xoxo

January 29, 2013 - 9:14 pm

Suzanne - They have blessed
you with life lessons
just as you have surely
done the same for them.

I have read many, but
not all, so thank you
for sharing your dear
bloggy friends!

xo Suzanne

January 29, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Jennifer - I recently found your blog and it has quickly become a favorite. I like to check in and see what you are sharing. You seem to write about the things that i am struggling with or thinking about. I find your perspective refreshing and helpful. Just wanted you to know.


January 30, 2013 - 12:30 am

LLH Designs - How sweet, Paige. I’m sure you have taught them many things as well. 🙂 xo!

January 30, 2013 - 10:42 am

courtney defeo - whoah! what a surprise to make this list. an honor. paige – you’re an easy one to encourage. you give SO much of yourself to others and i’m so very grateful to be your friend. xoxo

January 30, 2013 - 11:44 am

Sibi - Paige,

Thank you so much for sharing such a special list of friends.
I am so humbled that you would include me here. The common denominator among this group though, would be you beautiful friend.

You are an inspiration to each one of us. Your “God story” is one that I absolutely marvel at and am forever changed by after hearing you share it in person.

Your beautiful heart, full of love and faith, is a inspiration to many. The way that you love Dan and your four amazing girls, in word and in deed, is a biblical example of the love of Christ here on earth and one that we each want to model to our own families.

You are “Minnie” and “Lucy” and Friend and Confidante to me and I am so incredibly grateful for you.

Love you so,


January 30, 2013 - 8:41 pm

tara - so humbled to be on your list. really, really humbled.

i’m so grateful for you…..one of my greatest blessings in the crazy world of blogging.

love watching you love Dan and those girls..such a powerful story you have been given.

love your story…thank you for sharing pieces of it with us.
feeling so grateful.

January 31, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Alecia - Sweet post…what a great way to honor & encourage your friends. 🙂