I probably won’t do all of the thankful posts like so many other dedicated bloggers but lately I’ve had one thing I’m especially thankful for on my mind a lot.
Back where we are from in good old OK, friendship looked like this…You grow up with people and over long periods of time develop close freindships. In school a lot of friendship is based on who you have fun with but as time goes on and we all change you decided if you can maintain those “best friends forever”. It’s been a really really long time now since my friends and I have resembled each other like we did in high school. We are on different hemispheres in lifestyle, kids, activities…etc. But one thing remains the same…no matter the time or distance I have those loyal friends who have never left my side. I know it’s not because they always understand me but because I got the good pick of friends. I am so thankful for the awesome memories we have and for the vibrance they continue to add to my life.
I also have a few “soulmate” friends back home that read me like their own book. They know me and I know them and we share so many things in common that friendship flows forth naturally. But even still, it’s hard to maintain that when people move from the state. I’m so thankful for continued effort. And thankful that in really hard times, all of my support system back home is just a phone call or text away. Because at the end of a hard day, you just need those people you don’t have to explain everything to, but they know anyway.
Then there’s my beautiful friend since nearly birth. We have seen each other’s lives. The ups and downs, the fun, the boring. We drifted and reconnected. We have hurt each others feelings. We have seen the beautiful and the really ugly in each other. And we are still friends. And I love her with all my heart. Her friendship could never be replaced. She’s the godmother to my children. She is priceless and I’m grateful everyday I get to watch her family grow from afar.
Friendship that is still growing…and at a distance. While moving around I’ve met a couple of amazing girlfriends that I will never feel like I got quite enough time in the same state with. We had no walls up, we had no expectations of who the other had to be. We did have family dynamic, fun, and Jesus in common. A couple of them came into my life at a time when all I could ask God for was friendship, and he provided. In a new state I was not used to feeling alone or not having plans or someone to just sit with and talk about nothing. These girls came into that gap. I’ll go out of the state to see these girls. I hope our friendships grow forever.
Lastly, my current circle of girls…my current circle of support and “let’s do life together” friends. I never thought in AR that I’d be blessed with friends I could literally spend each day around. It’s taken some time but the girls I call my friends here are genuine, they are nice, they are thoughtful, and fun. They are friends I’ll be sad to leave if we move again. We are getting to see each other’s kids grow and play, we are connecting as families. We aren’t all exactly the same and I think our uniqueness makes our friendships all the more special and sincere. I am SO thankful for this friendship phase! SO SO THANKFUL!
I know out of all things to be thankful for this year, friendship seems silly. I don’t know why but God created a deep desire in me to really know others and to really be known. Surface level doesn’t cut it for me and I long to connect with people. So friendship is big for me!!
If you’re my friend, thanks for being in my life! I’m so glad you are!;)