Sometimes, we are blessed to have new friends come into our lives. We can even go through certain stages of our lives, with difficult trials and hardships, and God places a certain person - the exact person you need right then - in your life for that time.
But there are other people who are in your life from your childhood.
My Mum (on the left in the photo below) has been blessed to have her dear friend, Jessie, as her friend since she was a young girl. My Mum never had a sister, but God gave her this one.
They grew up in the same village; before Mum married, they worked together; and then she was Mum's bridesmaid fifty years ago at Mum and Dad's wedding. And they've been in each other's lives all these years since then.
We grew up with this lady as our 'auntie' - the best of aunties imaginable.
Yesterday was her birthday, so we gave her a surprise lunch at Digby's.
This was my starter: a fishcake on a black pudding with a beautiful mustard sauce.
I would show you my main course but I ate it before I snapped it!
Pudding was a lemon curd and lime cheesecake with toasted coconut on top.
The meal was lovely, but not half as lovely as this very special lady who is as much part of my family as any blood relative could ever be.