In a nutshell this past week has sucked; big time! Seriously folks, I have never been happier about a week’s end. That being said some good stuff did happen. John took a new job heading up a new department. Jake was able to tell me he was about to throw-up! Those are the highlights of my week. Oh and we are also trying out a new dog but so far it isn’t going that great. The dog is super super sweet, crate trained, house broken, loves to play and loves people. Jake on the other hand, screams in terror when the dog comes near him. But last night while the dog was hanging out with Allie, Jake asked if he could keep the dog. What?!?! He wants to keep the dog that he is terrified of? I don’t know that I will ever understand Jake’s mind.
Meanwhile, my mother has been in the hospital and we’ve had teenager stuff going on. Fortunately, my mom will go home soon. And as far as the teenager stuff; I am sure it will continue until well after graduation next year. But I will survive. I always do and am blessed to have friends and family!
I am just tired. I want to shut down and hide out in my room.
I am fortunate to have one particular friend who listens, offers advice and can help me off the ledge. One who helps me see the bright side of things and encourages me to not hide out in my room!
D and I’ve been friends for about 28 years. We grew up in the same church. Because she was a few years older than me we had different friends. I can remember thinking that she was so beautiful and cool. And if she ever talked to me I felt like I was “somebody” because one of the cool older kids liked me! It is funny now as I think back to that time. We became friends when I was about 19. One thing about D & me is that we could always have a great time no matter what we were doing. We sang together in choir, her daughter and my boys were close in age so we were going through the same stuff that new mothers go through. Even if we were miles apart our friendship didn’t falter. We have had our fair share of disagreements but because of our strong bond, our friendship is still strong. She was then and is now, one of the most beautiful, inside and out, people I know.
She was the first person who knew I was pregnant with Jake. Jake was not planned and she knew that I wasn’t ready to be a mom of a newborn again. I mean, I was 40 and scared and already felt tired. She knew I was scared and she knew I was freaking out. But there was no judgment; there was only support and encouragement. She helped me see the blessings that laid before me. All I could see at that moment in time was that I was so close to having some independence. Allie was about to start her last year in elementary school, the boys were both starting their lives. When all of a sudden I was going to have a new baby. I didn’t know anyone with a baby at that time. All of my friends had kids either my boy’s ages or close to Allie’s age. I felt alone at times but thankfully I had the support of D and the rest of my friends.
Friendship is important. John and I can share everything and I am blessed with his friendship but there are topics he just doesn’t care to discuss at lengths end! He really doesn’t want to talk about my hair or hair products. Let alone make-up or the latest celebrity gossip (well, he likes the gossip stuff; 🙂 ). But seriously, my friendship with D is unique. It is the type of friendship I have prayed that my older kids would find. Someone who can hold them accountable, encourage them and love them. I have the same prayer for Jake.
Family is very important but friendship is just as important.
I am blessed to have someone I can go to when I need to vent, cry or share something great. I am fortunate that our friendship has lasted as long as it has and will continue until our days come to an end. I am blessed with a great circle of friends who want to hear the good news along with the bad. We hold each other up, pray for one another and are there the moment someone needs a little extra helping hand.
This past week wasn’t much fun for me but what helped make everything better was knowing I had a friend I could turn to when I needed that extra comfort.
Thank you sweet friend for your constant love and support! I am privileged to call you my friend!!