There are some special friends in life. Super gifts. The ones that you don’t see for a decade or more and pick up right where you left off the next time you meet — as if it were yesterday. Friends like my college roommate, Lauren and her husband Tim.
Life is busy for us all. Lauren and Tim live about 45 minutes from us, and each time we get together we start planning our next connection. We take turns canceling and rescheduling as life comes along, usually managing to get together for real about 3-4 times a year (if we are lucky).
As noted at the bottom of this, for this month am writing things I’m thankful for, and I scheduled some of theses post a while ago. The images here are the ones I had scheduled to go out today. However, when I looked at my post, I figured I’d share a bit more of the magic.
This night in July was perfect. I finished my last half-hour of live chat support at their house while the guys and Lauren perfected a grilled steak dinner. The taste and texture of the food were perfect, and we relaxed on their deck enjoying the sounds and smells of summer as we caught up on each others’ lives.
We debated continuing our relaxation there, or heading over to a beach area for a sunset. Chris and I had not been to that particular beach so we decided to venture out. I’m so glad we did. The sunset was gorgeous (when are they ever not?) then we strolled around a cute little town and watched people having fun on some rides.
While indulging in some amazing ice cream treats, we walked along the shore and yakked a bunch more.
It was one of those occasions where you realize how blessed you are in everyday life. It truly is a gift, and the entire evening was a great memory.
**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great are things I should do more often. Last year I found that writing every day during the holiday time got a bit stressful. So this year I’m writing throughout the year and scheduling the posts to go out in November.