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!