Thursday, February 12, 2009

Truly Great Friends

Over the last several months I have been spending a lot of time thinking about friends - my friends, in particular.  I have truly been blessed in that area.  Recently I reconnected with my childhood best friend, Jen, who now lives in Florida.  It has been so nice to re-enter each other's lives after a long absence.  In fact, one of my best birthday presents this year was a long telephone call from her!

Also in the forefront of my thoughts lately have been my best friends from jr. high and high school.  These girls are truly amazing and I am so glad that we still continue on in our friendships!  Yesterday, as I sat with Hilary and Jennifer at Cheryl's mom's funeral, I thought back over the last few years with different trials that each of my friends have had to face - Jennifer's sick baby boy, Hunter and her subsequent health and adoption issues; Hilary and her car accident; the loss of Cheryl's dad last year (how I used to wish he were my own dad growing up!) and now her mother; Molly's motorcycle accident; Heather's son Quincy and their kidney surgeries, etc.  

As I sat there in the funeral, I realized several things:  1) even though I am not the greatest at keeping up with communications with my friends like I should, in the event that I ever need my friends or their support, whether in Arizona, Florida or across town, they will be there for me, no matter what; 2)  these are individuals, sisters really, who have helped shape who I am today.  I seek their examples in living and admire who they all are; 3) I truly love each of you, my friends!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

No. 1 Fan, Seriously!

When Everett and I were first married, I told him that there were only 2 concerts that I would die to attend - Vince Gill and George Strait. I saw Vince in Spokane in Spring of '96, I think, but George Strait doesn't tour very close to Idaho Falls so I haven't had the opportunity to see him YET. I heard George is coming to SLC in July so I called Lisa and Becky and we made arrangements with my other sisters for a girls' weekend in Utah. Lisa, Becky and I are going to see George at the Usana Amphitheater. We got great seats even though the tickets are going fast. It's a splurge, but hey, what can I say? It's George Strait, after all.