And here's my original best friends. This picture must be re-blogged every few years because it's da bomb.
We are still like this I feel: Brittany keeping her emotions in check when all is crazy around her, Natalie being good and looking at the camera but she just can't help laughing, Ashley with her head back in glee at my sorrows, and me... the emotional one.
Today I'm thankful for friends.
Friends who also happen to be my sisters: calling me to check-in and laugh (Nat), calling me with news of amazing vintage finds and more laughs (Britt), calling me to make sure it's ok to eat pizza right before giving birth to another gorgeous baby boy (CONGRATS Ash).
Friends who force me to exercise and push myself.
Friends who encourage me to craft and go for it and make me feel like a creative genius- so much support.
Friends who feed me really good food and teach me new things.
Friends whose homes feel like my own.
Friends who I trust with my children almost more than I trust myself.
Friends who live far away but consistently keep in touch, thus making the distance not a barrier, but more of a coincidence.
Friends who inspire.
Friends who uplift.
Friends who are nerdy English types like me. We have too much in common just by loving words and books. Deep, nerdy love.
Friends who provide opportunities to listen and friends who listen.
Friends who make Hawaii home. A true paradise.
Friends who love me and friends who make it easy to love right back.
Unlikely friends I find in my classroom each semester who frustrate me all the time and make me wipe away happy, proud Mama tears every couple of assignments.
Friends who I think about all the time and pressure to visit me.
Friends who can always be counted on for a good time or to go along with all my hair-brained schemes.
Friends who raised me as close confidants whom I still have in my phone as "Home" and can always call with my problems, joys, and whims. I miss those friends the most and wish I could still crawl in between them at midnight as they sleepily listen to every single detail of my wild, teenage life with patient and drowsy interest.
Friends downstairs who support me all the time in my creative pursuits, healthy goals, and in loving my children. These friends don't hear thank you from me enough, but I really love them a whole lot.
Friends who live with me and love me unconditionally and are my greatest joy and best friends of all. Where would I be without them? Too scary to think about.
Friends who I can pray to, strive to be like, and feel comfort from.
Today I am thankful for friends.