Lee, Tammy, Shelby, Judy, Ruth and Don relaxing at the hot tub...it was hard work crafting!
Luz and I outside of Trish Ann's in Haddock, Ga.
I have sat here trying to figure out how to start this post for what seems like hours and not sure this is the way I want to go but I want to tell you a few things because I doubt that I am the only one that has led their life in this way and I want to share how wonderful friendships can be.
Our goody swap baskets filled to the brim with tons of goodies..my favorite being this vintage crocheted purse that Tammy and Lee kept a secret from me.
My elementary years were spent surrounded by friends, sure I had one very best friend but I also had a ton of friends in two different towns, cousins who were friends in 3 different states, softball teams full of friends. In high school I met a guy and slowly started neglecting those friendships until I was really only left with one true friend, probably like many of you. After graduation, I married that same guy and really ran off what few friends that I had either by neglecting them or by their dislike of what I was allowing this guy to do to me. Anyway, it took a little while to realize what I done with my life and "boot" the fella but at that point, there were no friends left. Fast forward a few years but I had met my future husband while working a second job to pay for all of the first one's bills and we had become fast friends, in fact the best of friends. I opened up in ways I had not done in years, telling everything I thought, felt or had done and that friendship slowly led to something more. Here I was again..best friends with my husband and only a handful of girlfriends. Once again I started withdrawing from the girls and devoting my all to my husband which I am not saying was a bad thing for me, my husband and I were completely wrapped up in each other and shared everything...absolutely the best of friends. Now after 15 years of marriage, I do have one girlfriend left from high school that I love dearly and we are very close but in the past year my life has started to change. Actually in 2005 when I lost my mom, I had this hole in my life that I have not been able to fill and while I will never be able to "fill" the hole left without my mom, I have realized how much I miss having girl friends.
Last June I met Tammy Lucik, never knowing that it would lead to forming a friendship which would then lead to meeting a group of girls that instantly hit it off. I had never realized how much I need girl friends, how much I was missing in my life and it amazes me how God has put so many wonderful ppl. in my life in the past year.