When I was a kid, I only ever had one really good friend at a time. I don't know if that was because of me, or because invariably when I started spending more time with someone else, my old best friend would do everything she could to sabotage the new friendship. Luckily, I had the good sense to stay close to the one who never acted so petty. (Thank you Grace, you've been such a wonderful friend!).
In my teen years, I had a really difficult time opening up to anyone and felt myself unworthy to spend time with the girls in my youth group. Then I started dating Kevin, got married and gradually developed another best friend (3rd from the left in the picture above!). This friend was the catalyst for helping me feel more comfortable in friendships.
The next step that drastically changed my friendships was having kids. It's amazing how easy it is to bond with other moms! You never run out of things to talk about! Even if the topic is something you'd have been too embarrassed to discuss with anyone before having kids (like poop).
Since then, my circle of friends has grown tremendously. But I don't always get to spend time with them. So when I decided to do this series, I knew it had to include a girls night. I sent a message to Heidi (in the middle above), the queen of girls-night-planning, and she made it happen. We met at Moxies on Monday night and had a wonderful time. Thanks so much ladies! And thank you especially for not calling me a dork as I pulled a camera and tripod out of my purse to take pictures.
I think my month of intentionally spending more time with friends, maybe along with my repeated suggestions that he spend more time with his friends, has inspired my husband. He's planning a night out with friends to watch a hockey game. I'm glad, he deserves a guy's night.
So, friends, when was the last time you got together with a group of lovely people? No matter how recently it was, you should do it again! We're already planning our next one.