Friday, August 14, 2009


Kayla, Chucky, Mary, Laura O., Tracy, Allison, Colleen, Laura P., Joan, Debbie, Sherri, Terri, Michelle, Maria, Steve & Laura, David & Lindy, Rich & Tina, Rose & Larry, Scott, Karen, David & Kim, Jeff & Debbie, Robert & Kellie, Rod & Kellie, Paul & Kathy, Doug & Darla, Noel & Roxana, Antonio, Adina, Dennis & Mary...

And so many good friends here in Houston - too many to list!

Each name brings back memories of shared laughter, deep conversations, whispered secrets, crazy escapades, heartaches, tears, and challenges to be all God created me to be. Each name represents a part of my heart. Each person has helped to make me who I am today, and I am grateful for that.

I am especially grateful for my friends who have been walking through this new cancer adventure with Mark and me. We couldn't do this without you. Your prayers, encouragement, laughter, and understanding have sustained us during difficult days. We are humbled by your generosity, by your goodness, by your compassion, and your protection. You have been true friends.

One of the most amazing friends I have ever had is celebrating her 24th Anniversary today! So I write this to honor her and to thank her for all she means to me. Teri, thank you for being my friend. Thank you for always listening, always caring, and always making me laugh! Thank you for sharing my secrets, sharing my dreams, and sharing my deodorant. Thank you for always bringing the chocolate. And thank you for not being afraid to check the weather! You are such a special gift from God to me and I love you with all my heart!  Happy Anniversary!! And may you and Brent have 124 more!!

(Teri checking the weather.)

Thanks to all of you for being my friends!

Disclaimer: If I left you off the "friend list" it was completely unintentional. Remember...I am suffering from "chemo brain." 

"A friend loves at all times" Proverbs 17:17

"The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense." Proverbs 27:9


  1. SOOOOO Sweet! I love reading tributes to friends!!!! Fun pictures, made me smile!!

  2. And God has blessed so many of us who have found a friend in YOU, Laura!

    Congratulations to Teri! She is such an awesome friend!

  3. She is precious Laura! I'm so glad you have her as a friend!!!

  4. I love you Laura Shook! I will always bring the chocolate,share deoderant, share our dreams, tears, and laughs! I am so honored to be your friend! Thank you for everything you have taught are such an encourager and have given me courage to live life! and yes! I will always check the weather!!! :) lol Love you with all my heart!