When I was a mother with children at home, I'd always watch and learn from other mothers whose children were a little older than mine were. From their experience, I learned both good ways of doing things as well as what to avoid. Some taught me practical homemaking skills, others showed me what successful mothers did, and other wonderful friends taught me how to survive when things were tough. I treasure those friendships.
Now that my children are grown, I still learn from amazing friends who are a little farther along the path I'm embarking on. Being a few years ahead of me in age, they have the experience and wisdom that I lack. I look up to these women, admire them, and thoroughly enjoy their company.
Twice a week I go on a walk with two of these special friends and we talk about everything....from families, to politics, to church, to life's little aches and pains and anything in between. They are funny, supportive and full of insight.
I think we all need friends with whom we can share our fears, our joys, our frustrations and our lives. Friends who don't judge but who listen and share from their life's experiences. How blessed are those who have such friends!