Friday, June 5, 2015

Choose Happy by Enjoying Friendship

Happy Friday & Welcome to my 1st week of the #ETHANproject


This week's challenge is called ENJOY FRIENDSHIP.  Friendship is such an important part of my life and my families life. We are so blessed to have such amazing friends in our lives that we have met in all different phases of our life!  

This friendship post is not about an activity that happened with friends this week, last week or even a few weeks ago. This friendship post is about creating lasting friendships in a way I once thought was not even possible. About 8 years ago this coming October, I met a group of women on a MSN pregnancy forum. I was trying to get pregnant with our first child and found this group of women to be very helpful. Most of the women on this page were all trying to have children or were pregnant at the time. I became very close with a group of women that were all due with babies in June. Throughout that year, we discussed some of the women's miscarriages, spotting, preclampsia, pre-term labor, swelling, you name it...we talked about it. I never in a million years thought I would become such close friends with a group of women on the internet! After our children were born, we were still just as close discussing breastfeeding, night time waking, health issues, bowel movements and more. I learned so much from these women, I can't even fathom at this point where I would be without all of their wisdom and going through this phase together with babies the same age. As our children, got a bit older, we split off a bit a large group of us from all of the due date boards transferred over to Facebook as the boards were going away on MSN. But a few of us stayed very close. 2 of my best friends in the whole world are from these boards. The first time I went to see them I took my husband & son with. 

Our first visit was July 2009 to Chicago. We went to Navy Pier, had dinner & then girls only time at the Melting Pot. It was an awesome time and they weren't serial killers! haha

My second visit was just a few short months later in Milwaukee, WI. Girls only! We ate, drank and ate and drank some more! Great memories! We look so young in these photos!

I seem to be missing photos from our visits in 2010 & 2011.... 

We had a great time visiting Michigan on A's home turf to celebrate N's upcoming wedding and once again, Girls Weekend!

One of our most memorable visits, was in April 2013 for N's wedding. This was also one of the hardest visits we have ever had. Her dad had passed away from cancer 1 week before her wedding. Being there for her was my number one priority at this point. 'A' & I decorated the hall, made desserts, ran errands and tried to keep upbeat as much as we could despite everything that had just happened. I can't imagine not being there to support my best friend on her special day and holding her hand all the way.

Birthday's are also a huge milestone! We celebrated N's 30th Birthday in January 2014 in Milwaukee with our annual Sobelman's bloody mary's & my very 1st tattoo!!  You may not think this is a huge deal, but it is for me. I said most of my life that I NEVER wanted a tattoo and wouldn't get one until I found something that I would want on my body forever. Well we found something....we all got the Celtic friendship symbols on our foots to symbolize our forever friendship!

8 years later, I am so blessed to have found this amazing group of friends in a place I would NEVER have thought possible. Sometimes, you will find friends in places you don't plan on. Be kind,  be willing to share yourself and be open to make NEW friends! 

"True friendship doesn't mean being inseparable; it means being apart & nothing changes!"


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  1. That is such a beautiful and tasteful tattoo! Very meaningful. :-)

  2. What an amazing story! How wonderful that you ladies have been able to stay in each others lives even being so far away! And I love your tattoo! It's so pretty!

  3. This is so, so cool! I have a group of 'online' friends that I met when I was pregnant with Nathan and we did split off into a private Google group and then split into an even smaller group and we have a group text going most days :) BUT, unlike you we haven't met... I'm in St. Louis and two of them are in Georgia and one is in California. So, we are on opposite ends. If there is ever an opportunity we will. That is very cool you get together with your friends so often, even though you aren't in the same state!


  4. What an absolutely amazing and inspiring story! I have grown some really close friendships online, as well, and it's so wonderful to build lasting relationships that can withstand long distance!

  5. I love this! Once I finished college I realized that making new friends is a lot more difficult! I've found that blogging is a great way to meet new people, and I love that you have stayed such good friends for so long! So inspiring!

  6. I am counting down the days until I see my friends back home. I am an American living in Canada and all my friends I have known since kindergarten are still back home. I miss them more than they will ever realize.

  7. How wonderful! Some of my closest friends are also from an MSN board, I have "known" them for 15 years now and haven't met a single one of them in person! :( We've talked on the phone, via skype, etc, but I am hoping later this year to meet up with at least two of them-FINALLY!

  8. This is the coolest! What a great story and way to meet! Sometimes those forums stress me out, I think you stumbled on the perfect combo of people :-).

  9. What an amazing story! I love the tattoo, the meaning and it looks so good!


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