Wednesday, May 29, 2013

how do I get so lucky?


I was chatting with a friend yesterday when she told me her first memory of me, which is a little embarrassing. Shortly after we moved to this dinky town we were asked to speak in church. The first thing that popped out of my mouth was a desperate plea for friends... I mean, what a great impression for everyone in the ward to have of me! Normally I would be too shy, or feel too stupid, or maybe even feel ashamed for admitting how much I needed people. Eric was working SO MUCH and I was heartbroken to leave behind my beloved northern Utah, all of my friends and all of the fun things that kept me busy! What can I say? I'm a people person and I need good friends in my life! It's crazy looking back almost a year and a half later to see how content I am now....
It was so good to see my friends last week while Eric was in training! I mean, I can't even explain how good it felt! It was like I hadn't even moved away, things just picked up where we left off (except I have a baby for them to love on now!) and I loved it! I am so happy and blessed knowing that even though we live hundreds of miles apart, Eric and I made amazing life long friends! And it's such a good feeling knowing all of those friends are working on planning a trip to come visit us asap.... (hint hint girls, ha ha!)
But when I was up north, I saw pictures on instagram of my friends in this dinky town bowling together and I felt a little sting of jealousy that I wasn't with them. And then I thought uuuuh oh! I didn't want to feel jealous that I wasn't in town because I'm not supposed to like living here! But I guess that's a sign that this dinky town has grown on me. That was a lie. I still think this dinky town sucks (obviously) but the people have definitely grown on me! I am just feeling so blessed lately that everywhere we go, we meet the most amazing people, people that we will be friends with for the rest of forever! God truly sends us what we need, when we need it most! Even though I feel like so much was taken away from me when we moved here, it has made me stronger in the long run.
 I know I'm totally rambling, but I guess the point of this mushy post is that I am so grateful for my old AND new friendships. You people have saved me in ways you could never know! And I'm even more grateful that Mia will have so many amazing friendships with your kids :)

11 comments:

DeAnna Stephens said...

Moving is always tough but it makes your stronger and more independent!

Annabelle said...

Friends are great no matter where you go or where you are! We have friends all over the states and we love to visit them! ROAD TRIPs are the best!

Jeff and Cali said...

Love this post! I can totally relate. When we moved to another state right after getting married, I HATED where we were living, but I made some really good friends who I miss dearly. There area truly good people wherever you go!

Amberly said...

Friendships are the best thing ever!!! It's good to know that you have friends wherever you go! :)

Shelley said...

I can relate to this too. But eventually you make new friends (thank goodness for church) and learn to love it!

Jamie said...

I have lived in this "small" (not really- Pensacola, FL) town all of my life.. in fact, my parent's still live in the house I grew up in and one day it will be mine. Soon I will be moving to Anchorage, AK with the love of my life and I will have to start over-- although I almost feel like I have in my own hometown.. only because the friends I once have seem to live a different life than I have now. I am caught up in being in love, molding our future together.. and just spending time together. We don't really want to spend time with our single friends anymore-- bar hopping and late nights out at the bars/clubs aren't what we are interested in. We would love to hang out with other couples and it's just rare in our "group" of "friends"-- so with that being said, I kinda feel your pain. I'm glad you have made friends!!

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Veronica Watts said...

There was a point in time when a dear dear friend was moving 5 hours away after we graduated college. To say I was heartbroken was an understatement. My mom told me that the Lord allows people in our lives for a reasons and seasons. It sounds cheesy. But in retrospect I can see where people have come and go in my life and the way the Lord perfectly orhcestrated those relationships just right.

Dinah Gacon said...

My hubby and I moved around alot too..and it's tough moving away from great friends!! I am so glad you had a chance to visit old friends, that is the best isnt it?!!!

xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

Christy C said...

I'm glad you were bold enough to ask for friends! It's hard to find new friends after a major move, I totally had the same problem too. We've moved so much over the past few years that I feel like I don't have a home. Having a supportive group of people around you is so important! I'm glad you've been able to meet some great people! I pray for deep and fulfilling new friendships along the way :)

Christy
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Laura Rafferty said...

We moved halfway across the country (which for you guys is like moving half way across a state :P) and two years on I still miss my old friends terribly! I have made lovely friends here, too, mostly through church, but moving is certainly tough!

christina said...

awwww super sweet!

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