During that time,
- I've gotten married,
- I gave birth to a beautiful daughter,
- moved from my hometown,
- won a minor cancer battle (it's been 11 years - I don't have to claim it anymore!),
- been a teacher,
- adopted 3 boys,
- gone through a mulitude of hairstyles and colors,
- gained a few pounds,
- and opened a business.
I suck at maintaining those relationships.
Sadly, in October, we all met up together to stand together for a friend who lost her husband while he was fighting for the honor of the USA. (Thank you Tommy! You are missed.) I hadn't seen most of my friends that I caught up with that night in 10-15-20 years.
Sad. Sad. Sad.Through that tragedy, I have made the time to text, email, and call my girlfriends. Being friends is almost as much work as being a wife - but sometimes more fun! It has been so healing and wonderful connecting again.
Recently, the girlies have started getting together on a somewhat regular basis. We've enjoyed dinner, bull-riding, karioke, and just plain fun/silly/outrageous girl talk.
a pregnant Heather, Pat, Trina, Christine, Me, Jewelie, Holly
Not pictured is Christina - we're still not completely clear on where exactly she was....
Last month, we celebrated together at our 20 year high school reunion. We also decided that the men should be involved. Here are a few pictures from the Friday night mixer...
Dinner first! Because all of us girlies like to eat!
Heather, Ryan, Christine, and Chad
From the back...Trina, Jeremy, and Jewelie (doesn't she absolutely glow?)
My long time girlfriend, Holly. Her mom and my dad taught together. We spent lots of time together both at school and after school hours! (Remember Todd and Chad at the tennis courts?)
Heather (Todd's wife), Todd, and Andy
Andy and I met in grade school, Todd and I met in middle school, and we all went to high school together.
(In high school, Todd, myself, my brother, and a few others...decided we could have a band. It didn't go beyond the "Hey, Why don't we..." stage!)