"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Word-Filled Wednesday: Friend

Welcome to Word-Filled Wednesday, hosted THIS week (for the first time!) by Lisa at Extravagant Grace. Be sure to stop by there for more wonderful visual inspiration from scripture.

My daughter Annika made a new friend on our vacation in Orlando. It was her cousin Ava. Ava is a bit more than a year younger than my girl, and they had a MARVELOUS time together. They don't remember the last time they met (Ava was just a few months old), and we really don't know when they'll see each other again (She lives in Oregon, and we're in Michigan), but they really bonded, and were a delight to watch. Thought I'd share a picture of the two with a nice "friend scripture."


If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Ecclesiastes 4:10

(Oh - and Annika's on the left, and Ava on the right)

By the way, I am PLANNING to post more of my vacation pictures on my blog tomorrow (there will be at least ONE at my Exemplify Thursday post, at minimum.). Stay tuned!

Be sure to stop by Extravagant Grace for more


  1. Sweet memories...

    This makes my heart smile. And I love your daughter's name ... Annika! That just rolls off the tongue sweetly.


  2. it does seem that children bond quickly to relatives, even when they don't see them often. Some of my fondest memories of with my cousins.

    Happy WFW

  3. They are too precious! Isn't it great how quickly children bond? We could take a lesson, I think. Love the verse you chose for this picture. Happy WFW!

  4. Such a sweet picture and great verse ~

  5. That is one of my favorite verses - It is so heartwarming to see the way kids unite so easily.

  6. Great verse! I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have the Lord to pick me up when I fall.

    Happy WFW!

  7. What a sweet picture and tender story about your daughter and her cousin. Thanks so much for sharing today!

  8. aww! Such a precious photo :) And a wonderful verse!

    Happy WFW!

  9. That's a great picture, Joanne. And a great verse to go with it, too!

  10. Yes how we need and treasure our friend ships.
    Precious ones there.


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