My thankfulness continues into the new year.
I am an only child, which I think helps explain why friends are so important to me. Since I never had brothers or sisters, and only one cousin who lived far away, I am so fortunate to have been blessed with friends through the years that have become like family to me.
As a very young child I had neighborhood children as buddies to play with until sundown sent us inside. In elementary school my classmates became playmates to spend weekends as well as weekdays with. As a teenager I was part of our church youth group, with whom I spent loads of time on retreats, mission trips, church services, classes, and dinners together. (This group is currently planning a reunion in May, and I can’t wait to see them again!) I have so enjoyed my high school reunions that have rekindled old friendships and also established new ones. (Who knew, back then, that some of those girls were so fun?) In college I was blessed to find girls with similar interests and values as I was discovering who I was meant to be. (Several of us still gather for weekends of catching up and making new memories together.) As an adult I have been fortunate to find pals at work, not just colleagues, but true friends who have nurtured and supported each other through all that life brings our way. My husband and I have also been blessed with the friendships of other couples who are in the same phases of life and who are fun to be with in all kinds of adventures.
Neighbors, walking partners, secret-sharers, antique shoppers, listening ears, laughter givers, shoulders to cry on. Friends make my soul so much richer than it would be all alone.
I am so thankful.