family {when friends become}

when friends become family,

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the biscuits make their way into the largest bowl in the kitchen.

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when friends become family, warm-in-the-kitchen-hands mesh well with

out-in-the-cold-on-a-run-hands.

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when friends become family, it matters not who is your child. they all are.

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when friends become family, sometimes the only place to be is on the outside of the 14 conversations and children screaming and babies napping.

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when friends become family, you gain cousins, aunts and uncles.

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you share life as it is and pray together for what God has in store for life ahead.

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when friends become family, you swap the football for the toddler.

you think about who you want your kids to become and who you want pouring into them.

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you sing 'winnie the pooh' because you love her and believe God has a purpose for her life.

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you teach the next generation with hope that they will do the same.

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when friends become family, you share everything.

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paint. laughter. a wet paper towel. tears. frustrations and sheer joy.

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when friends become family, you create memories and those memories become links.

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links to where you live and the people that live there.

memories to links to roots.

settling in with family who began as friends.

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for it's the friends who become family that get you the most.

they are doing life with you in the same culture, the same town or city.

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who is becoming family to you and yours the longer you live where you live?