October 7, 2014

The Best Part of Friendship …


Have you discovered what the best part of friendship is yet? I have! It is being able to meet a need for a friend. It is giving the gift of your time, compassion, service and care simply because you love someone so much!

My friend Susan is a perfect example of true friendship. She falls under the category I like to call “Need Meeter”. She senses the needs of others. But what sets her apart is that she then does something to meet those needs. She is always checking in on me, asking what she can do for me. She leaves delicious Honeycrisp apples on my doorstep because she knows I love them and have been going through a rough time. She comes to watch my kids – MY kids – at their sporting events. She lets me ramble on and on about nothing because I like to talk and she listens so intently. Just because she is wonderful that way.

A few weeks an idea popped into my head of how I could meet a need of hers and I got excited because I always feel like I am on the receiving end of her love and attention but never the opposite!

Her beautiful daughter, Christina, is leaving for to serve a mission for our church next week. I thought it might be fun to capture some pre-mission pictures for Susan and Christina. I set about pinning photo ideas and Sunday morning we headed out to yet another perfect Virginia photographic location to snap a few shots on what turned out to be the most beautiful Fall day.

I will never get tired of old barns and their crazy awesome wood.


Or grassy fields lined with trees and fences! (That’s my kids’ cross country course, btw)


Christina is going to be an amazing missionary! She’s got the feistiness of an Italian and the sweetness of a daughter of God rolled into one. I can’t wait to watch her grow as she shares God’s love with the people of Nevada.


What a treat to spend the morning with Susan and Christina! Hannie B. came along as my assistant. We are a good team. Go meet a friend’s need today – it will feel GREAT!


Apis Melliflora said...

I've had lots of f people meeting my needs recently and that has been so comforting, but I have to say that such joy, purpose and gratitude come from being able to meet someone else's needs. Your are often a need meeter just like your lovely friend Susan! Beautiful pictures!

Apis Melliflora said...

Just people.

Aiketa said...

Your friend Susan sounds like a really great person. And she and her daughter are lucky to have been on the receiving end of your talent and time, this time. I love all the pictures! Good luck to Christina on her mission.
Also, as Apis said, I think you are many time a need meeter to many people around you.
Have a great day!

TracyS. said...

Beautiful photos to commemorate a really great girl! Way to go!

Ronalin said...

These photos are beautiful, just like the girl in them. Wow, I can't believe she is going on a mission so soon. You are so thoughtful to take her pictures. You my friend, always fill the needs of others! I also love what you shared about Susan. She is a wonderfully, thoughtful, and amazing woman!

Kelli said...

I love the pictures! What a beautiful young lady! Where in Nevada is she going to serve? If she's in my neighborhood I'll be sure to take good care of her. :) You are such an inspiration, Samantha. I don't think you realize how many needs you meet on this blog of yours.

The Queen Vee said...

You have great friends because you are a great friend. Sister B is going to have an amazing experience and will serve others because of the example of her mother.

Susan Barbini said...

Thank You for being such a wonderful friend to me! With my mom passing earlier this year I needed the love and support of my friends. You were there for me then and have always been there for me since we became friends. You truly serve the needs of others and I am grateful to have been the receipent of that. Thank you so much for taking these pictures of Christina. I will cherish them and will cherish the time we all spent together during the photo shoot!