17. Friends

Today, I am thankful for friends! Although I consider myself to be friendly with lots of people, I don’t feel like I have a “bunch” of friends. There are very few people that I have a relationship with outside of work, Facebook, or Cecilia’s school and extracurricular activities. However, I am so grateful for the friends that I do have!

The hubby and I went on a double date to have dinner and see a movie with two of our very good friends Saturday night. It was nice to get out and have some adult conversation.


I used to not think that we “needed” date nights. It wasn’t until we started having date nights that I realized how much we do need them! With Cecilia, we NEVER did anything alone or with friends. We were so drunk in love with being new parents, that we didn’t want to leave her side! However, now that we have two children, life can get hectic sometimes. It wasn’t until recently that we started getting out and doing things without the kiddos. There are many reasons for this. One is that we just don’t feel the desire to leave our babies, especially when they are teeny tiny. So, we have to force ourselves to take that time that we need just to be us. Secondly, we don’t have immediate family near us. Our parents live two and three hours away. Thankfully, a wonderful former student of mine, who has grown to be like a part of our family, is finally of age to babysit. She actually calls or texts and ASKS to keep the kids. She is like a big sister to them, so we feel extremely comfortable leaving her with them! Plus, we usually don’t go until late, so the kids (at least William) is usually in bed before we leave or very soon after. So, we don’t feel like we are missing out on time with them.



Day 4: Friends

I have been seeing an e-card floating around Facebook that says something to the effect of, “The older I get, the more I realize that it’s less important to have lots of friends than it is to have just a few great ones.” That is so true! My husband and I often joke about the fact that we have so few friends, but the thing is, we are completely okay with that! We relish in the time that we have together as a family and couldn’t imagine any better friends than ourselves! However, tonight, I was reminded of how important it is to foster those relationships that mean the most to us. My family and I met up for dinner with a friend of mine from high school. It had been nearly 13 1/2 years since we had seen each other, yet there was never a lull in our conversation! We talked for nearly 3 hours and even had to leave conversations unfinished. It’s hard to “make time” for relationships with others outside our home, but those relationships are just as important to our hearts and souls!

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~Albert Schweitzer

I’ll end tonight’s short and sweet post with a song that has been running through my mind. It’s pretty cheesy, as it dates way back to my Girl Scout days, but I have to share it anyway!

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other’s gold!’

Thank you, Vionne, for reminding me how golden our “old” friendship is!


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