A very long time ago…I had a friend who told me “If you say it out loud, it will happen.” I don’t know if that is true or not. I’ve been known to say “Speak it into being…” And I don’t know if that is possible either. But I’m hoping, if I say what has me all anxious and excited, that these two thoughts could be true and it would become reality. But here goes….my friend, Summer, who I have known for 22 1/2 years but have never met face to face, have decided to write a book about our friendship. The circumstances put in place by God to even initiate our friendship are unique. I have followed her via snail mail, email and now texting over three continents. We have laughed together, cried together, rescued each other and encouraged each other through having babies, overcoming marriage struggles, lifting each other up in prayer and supporting each other through whatever life event overwhelms us. We have raised 5 girls between us and understand the ache we each have to see these girls God has put in our care to become amazing women of God passionate about changing the world. Yes, we are kindred spirits. We somehow always know exactly the right moment to write a note, send a card, or make a phone call to the other. We each have some sense of when the other is at a low point and needs to be lifted up. We do not judge. We only love and encourage. And we have never stood in each other’s presence and hugged and cried at the miracle God gave each of us in this friendship nearly 23 years ago. I hope the journey we share in this book will give those who think God isn’t listening a new hope and faith knowing that He is always listening.