Today will not be our typical creative post. You see, three of my favorite people are having birthdays this week, so I thought I would talk about how important girlfriends are to us ladies. I’ve never done a post like this, but it popped into my head, so I thought I would just go with it.
From a young age we have girls that we gravitate towards. They don’t necessarily have to be like us, we just need to have a connection. My first real friend that I remember is my cousin Beth. We moved around a lot, so I don’t really remember any with staying power before her. I would spend the weekend with her and we would listen to music and dream that we would be famous someday.
Another friend I remember having was this friend that I always played Barbies with. I would lug my Barbie case to her house or she would lug her’s to my house. We had such fun and spent hours together.
In high school I had a few really great girlfriends, some of which I am still very close with to this day. As an adult I have made some other girlfriends and I’m blessed to have several really wonderful girlfriends. These are ladies that I am really close with and who I would help any day. Ladies that I truly love and respect. Ladies who I can call if I’m having a bad day or if I have really fun news to share.
This week marks the birthday for three of these ladies. It’s crazy that they are all in the same week, but they are. To these ladies I say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I’m so happy that you are in my life. I’m so happy that we have each other’s backs. I’m so happy that we can have fun together when we get together. I’m so happy that even if we don’t see each other for a while, it’s like we just saw each other yesterday.
The first birthday this week is my little sister Heather. Heather is a mom to four kids, ranging in age from 18 to 5. She and her husband also own their own business and they are quite busy with it. I have obviously known my sister for her whole life. When she was very young, about four I think, I put her on my shoulders and then promptly dropped her on her head on the sidewalk. I felt so bad about this, but it happened and I couldn’t take it back. Poor girl.
When we were growing up we spent a lot of time together. I watched her while our mom worked and I’m sure she was exposed to some stuff she shouldn’t have been, but I also think she was just happy to hang out. When she turned 16 I cried because it was like my first kid was turning 16. Yes, I know she isn’t my child, but our age difference is 8 years, so it made sense at the time.
As an adult we have spent some good times together and we talk on the phone almost every single day. I’m so happy that she is my sister.
The next birthday is my friend Lisa. I met Lisa in 1997 in Quebec, Canada. Our husbands work for the same company and both of our families were there for a job. Lisa has six kids, ranging in age from 17 to 4. She is a busy lady who volunteers at her children’s schools and who really spends a lot of time helping her extended family. She is crazy talented in so many areas and is an excellent mom. I have wondered about her patience many times.
Lisa and I can sit around a laugh for long periods of time. Occasionally we go out to lunch and they last quite awhile because of our laughing and joking and sharing. She is a kick in the pants and I just love hanging out with her.
The final birthday of this week is my friend Cheri. I met Cheri in high school. We didn’t really hit it off at first, but over time we got to know each other better and we became great friends. We have talked each other through a lot of stuff and supported each other through some tough times.
Cheri has two grown sons who are really great guys. Her husband is an Episcopalian Priest and they are very busy people.
Cheri and I don’t get to see each other very often, but now that our kids are all grown we get to see each other more often. That is fantastic to us both!! We spent a week together in Las Vegas and had a great time. I recently went to my class reunion and was able to stay with Cheri. We had loads of fun catching up and eating awesome New Mexican food.
So, to these ladies, some of my favorite people in the world, I say again:
My wish for you all is that this next year brings lots of love and laughter. I hope that you are able to make and achieve some goals to make you happy. I hope that you are able to take a little break every once in awhile and read a good book.
May our Father in Heaven bless you now and always. You are lights in my life and I truly do love you. xoxoxo
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