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  • Posted Aug. 16, 2007 by Lisa in Portrait. Viewed 5263 times

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Mondi has been my best friend for more than 13 years. Even though she's younger than me and never lets me forget it! :)

We have been thru so much together - heartaches, her divorce, the joy of her children, the happiness of her second marriage to Buck, the loss of loved ones, health issues for both of us, and so much laughter and fun times. I can't tell you how many hours we spent scrapping together or talking or just hanging out.

Besides my family, Mondi is the only person who knows all my darkest secrets and accepts me for who I am. She has an old, gentle soul. Though I'm older, it's always felt like she was the more mature one who watched out for me. I think because she'd been thru so much in her life before she even graduated from highschool. Yet she's always ready with a joke or a smile or an ear if you need it. Even with her gentleness (and the fact that she's short :P ), she is a force to be reckoned with. I've seen her get between two men who were about to come to blows and back them down. And at one of the worst times in my life, she was the one who made me see how much I was hurting myself and those around me.

Really, I should say that Mondi is more than my best friend, she's family. And I'm lucky she's made me a part of hers. :)

Mondi as Cocunut Jane. The hostess role fits her perfectly as her home is a gathering place for family and friends.

Mondi with Bella. I think she was born a mom.

Mondi and her brothers at her brothers wedding. She has a beautiful smile, don't you think?

Mondi with her daughter, Britni.

Mondi with some random pirate girl at a New Year's Eve party a couple of years ago. I don't know who that strange chick is. ;) I didn't take this photo, I think maybe Buck did.

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    • # Bold

      was that...


      actually a picture of you???

      do you need to delete it now?

      given your witness protection program and everything????????

      2007.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jannie

      I love Mondi's spirit. What a beautiful tribute! Patty beat me to it, she is my Mondi too!!!

      2007.08.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lisa

      Thank you very much for all your comments. :) It was my pleasure to introduce her to you.

      2007.08.17 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Storytaylor

      wonderful words and photos to a very special friend. there is so much joy in her eyes, and the smile gives a lot of positive energy. I understand you Vollenda, friends will be friends forever.

      2007.08.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ali Reza

      It`s good to have a good friend in the hand...........
      #5 is a really Caraiban one........

      2007.08.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sherij

      1st of all I wouldn't say you are lucky.. I would say you are blessed to have such a wonderful friend/family member as Mondi!! Such a touching story and so neat to hear of friends sticking together thru anything and everything!! You both are blessed to have each other..
      I am sure Spike approves of her??
      Nice new profile snap of the Spike-ster!! Was he begging??? ;)

      2007.08.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lisa

      Thanks all.

      You know how there's always someone at a party who tries to get in all the pictures, that would be the random chick. ;)

      2007.08.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jack

      that guy in the middle popped his eye out scoping mondi and the random pirate girl.

      and you are absolutely right. mondi has a beautiful smile. from your post, i gather it matches her spirit.

      2007.08.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kris

      what a fantastic post! a lovely tribute to your friend and the soul of friendship and family. indeed a friend like that is TRULY family,.. lovely set and a beautiful woman she is!

      2007.08.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynda

      Beautiful tribute for your friend. You are quite fortunate in having such a wonderful relationship. Thanks for sharing.

      2007.08.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Carley

      Mondi looks lovely! Friends like this are so rare and such a treasure in life...... About the photos: Did you plan it so that her dress in the 3rd shot looks like it is part of the pillar in the 4th?

      2007.08.16 Edited Reply Cancel