While we finish up packing, I'm turning my blog over to one of my dear friends. Today's post is by Julie, a blogging and real life friend of mine. She authors the blog Back to the Basics and owns a photography business of the same name. We "met" a few years ago, text all day every day, and, now that we live in Chicagoland, have hung out a few times. She's writing about one of my favorite topics today!
Friendship. A word I used to take lightly, but not so much anymore.
Let's back up to grade school. I pretty much considered my entire class my friends, and as I got in to junior high and high school, it was easier to be friends with those involved in the same activities. In college, I had friends that were in my same major (because we had our classes together) but still maintained a few outside friendships with others who I didn't see as often. And after getting married and having babies, I find my circle of friends to be close, yet smaller than in years past.
It is not a bad thing-- I choose quality over quantity, and after some recent events in my life, I am so thankful for the friendships I DO have. The close ones I can call for anything. The quick texts to check on THEM. Coffee dates sans kids, playdates WITH kids-- the camaraderie that comes with having kids and being able to say "girl, I have totally been there."
Kenley, myself, my high school BFF Jacqui and her son, Paxton
The ones that can quote movies with me, who celebrate the little things in life, and that are there to be a shoulder if I need to cry on it. The ones I can laugh with, make fun of myself with, and vent to. This is what friendship means to ME. And I couldn't be more thankful for the friends in my life.
Tricia & I
Last week, my entire family of 4 came down with the stomach flu. Luckily, this was my first time with kids getting it, and I was at a loss. After a few texts to a few of my friends, I started to calm down about what to do with Brayden, and felt more confident in my parenting. That? Is priceless. And that is just one example! Establishing friendships at ANY phase of your life is so, so important.
Today, I challenge you to say "thank you" to your friends-- let them know how much they mean to you.
Because I know I don't say it enough to mine.
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Happy Thursday, friends!