We started off this NEW YEAR with several close friends and their children. I got to hold Vianney asleep. Kapaun, Damaris, and Clairvaux were home with Aunt Damaris so I was thankful for this gift. I don't ever get to hold Vianney asleep. John and I drove home with smiles on our faces and hearts filled with thanksgiving for the fun night. Friendship is such a gift.
St. Augustine's words on friendship came to my mind.
“What drew me closest to my brothers and sisters was the delight of
chatting and laughing together, of showing our affection for one another
by kindly services, of reading together from books that spoke of
pleasant things, of joking together amicably, of disputing now and then
but without resentment, as one is wont to do with himself, of awakening
by rare contest the pleasure of being one in mind, of mutually
instructing on another, of longing for the absent one, and tasting joy
of his return. We loved each other with all our hearts, and these marks
of our friendship that were shown in our faces, by our voices, in our
eyes and a thousand other ways, were among us like ardent flames that
fused our soul together, and of many made but one.”
I have so many hopes and dreams for this year. A fresh slate.