I spent yesterday reading the Lisa Whelcel book, Friendship for Grown Ups. I had picked this book because I am struggling with friendships in my homeschooling group. Not in a bad way; our group has grown by leaps and bounds this year. Because of that I have met several new people, and at times it can be overwhelming for me. When I joined the group it was really for activities for the kids. You know I didn't want my children to be those unsocialized homeschoolers.
The thought never occurred to me that I would make friends too. I know in hindsight is sounds pretty silly. Meeting so many new people at once has been a little hard for me to navigate. I have never been good at shallow friendships. My best friend from childhood has been known to tell people, "When you become Bethany’s friend you are stuck with her for life." I struggle with letting people in too close – which means lots of heart ache some times. When 4 of my friends moved out of state last year it was hard.
For me that was the best part of the book. She explained how not all of your friends will be your best friends and that is ok. I have always heard the phrase friend for a reason, a season, or life. In these pictures you can see some of my closest friends over the years.
The older I get the more I am learning that some women have never had a real friend. I feel sad for them. My life is so much better because I have had the joy of sharing parts of it with each of these women. That makes me realize I have taken my friends for granted over the years. God has blessed me with always being surrounded by amazing women. While reading the book it made me miss a lot of these friends. Life is always changing and people are moving in and out of my life. They will always be my friends and thanks to facebook we can still keep in touch! So to the women in these pictures thanks for sharing the laughs, the tears, and the roller coaster we call life with me! My life has been blessed because of you! Sorry about the age of some of these pictures.