In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
–C.S. Lewis

IMG_3034Snapshots of a refreshing day with sweet friends in Cookeville, TN! One of my favorite places!

IMG_3024 My precious best friend has been tediously transforming an untended bed into a beautiful little green spot. We stopped by Johnson’s Nursery and Garden Center and drank in the gorgeous flora. IMG_3023There were  some neat items for sale indoors, too (sorry for the back-lit photo)! IMG_3035

I was blessed to spend time with a beautiful friend and her little boy at Cream City, a fun ice cream parlor near the square. Happily, they had some plain-jane, coffee-flavored ice cream with my name on it. IMG_3022Across the road is a function train station featuring some well-maintained cars that kids and tourists can climb on and explore. IMG_3036This lady is a beautiful mother to a perfect little baby boy. She wisely chose a meeting spot she knew he’d love.
IMG_3037IMG_3039See this beautiful face? She was part of our college girls’ Bible Study and caught the bouquet at our wedding! She has passed on a love of spicy food to my best friend (her roomie), and they enjoyed an intense jalepeño competition. I’ll never tell who won! 🙂

I am beyond thankful to have spent time visiting with these sweet friends.

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