The Gift of Friendship.

Last summer we moved back to the States from Europe. This was our third move in four years, and we began the familiar process of re-aquainting with old friends and making new ones.  For me, this can be a bit of a challenge. This winter I started to feel pretty bummed about the fact the kids still don't have friends their age that live close by - ones we see on a regular basis outside of our weekly activities. And my mind started to get wrapped up in this negative story, that "I don't have any friends."

I reflected on that notion and realized that it's just NOT TRUE! Everywhere I look I have incredible reminders that I am deeply loved! Each of these gifts are just a few of the surprise packages mailed to me in the past year. Not to mention the incredible people quick to offer help and support and finding ways to hang out despite the distance. 

I have many wonderful people and friends in my life, even if they're not a ten minute drive away and we can't set up a playdate or enjoy a long dinner on a whim.  And while moving with the military shakes up those relationships, it also gives us the chance to make new ones and rekindle old ones. 

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he that has found one has found a treasure.
— Sir. 6:14

I've always had a glass half empty mentality and I am working to flip it around. While I continue to seek out my "village" of nearby friends for our family to experience  the day to day life with, I find peace through gratitude of the incredibly loving and abundant friendships I already have.

 In celebration last week, in addition to the weekly letters and phone calls, I mailed a dear friend one of my favorite books! How about you, what is your favorite way to surprise friends with a little extra love?