Friendship doubles your joys, and divides your sorrows.

Girl friends. My boys, 5 and 8, chuckle every time I say that word in reference to me. As if a Mom isn't supposed to have girl friends; an outlet, a circle to step inside and be /her/, not mom, wife, house-keeper extraordinaire. I hope that as they grow up they will find the best of guy-friends because friendship is one of those matters that can shape you so intrinsically.

Saturday night, for the first time in *many* months, I got to step into my circle. Just me and three extraordinary gals. We snacked, ate dinner, ate dessert, drank wine. We laughed. We struggled. We shared. We helped.

We talked about parenting, husbands, step-parenting, relationships, work, our own upbringing, our spiritual life. Important things to each of us. Some things we needed advice on. Some things we just wanted to talk about. But it was all *just between us*. How wonderful to be able to say what is on your mind without worrying about who else is going to hear it!

What we didn't do... gossip. It is a wonderful feeling to have friends that enjoy the same type of conversation. I abhor gossip. Not only do I not like talking poorly about people behind their back I hate the thought that people would talk poorly about ME when my back is turned.

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same." ~ Flavia Weedn

Laughter. Tears. Sorrows shared. Encouragement. Trust. Courage. Delight. Surprise. Love.

All emotions, feelings, actions I cherish in the presence of wonderful-friends!

When you ask God for a gift, Be thankful if he sends, Not diamonds, pearls or riches, but the love of real true friends." ~Helen Steiner Rice

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com

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