Update on Summer Friendship Endeavors


Summer so far has been a whirlwind of family visits, hectic finals, and frantic attempts to fit time for friends in between work, travel, house projects (we built a pergola!), and my efforts to remember how to cook (buy food, prep food, cook food? Who has time for that?!)…

Progress on the (Ohio) Friendship Meter has been slow, as much due to my schedule as to those of my friends, but the season has not been wholly unproductive in terms of the Friends Forever Friendship Endeavor.

Counting the Blessings in Life

There are never enough minutes in the day (or days in the weekend!) to get as much done as I would like. I am a miserable Facebook contact, I seem to have forgotten what phone calls are, and I still haven’t sent my thank-you notes from Christmas (so snail mail communication is pretty much out of the running for keeping in touch). Regardless, I have had some wonderful developments this year in the world of friendship.

I have also read that counting your blessings can improve your outlook on life and even keep you healthier. So instead of whining about how I never get to do as many social activities as I would like or moaning about how modern life is too busy to allow new friendship bonds to form, I would like to count my friendship blessings from the last month or two.by BrianHolm, http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Meat_g88-Grilling_Steak_On_BBQ_p87171.html

  1. Close friends from AZ visited for several days in June; we laughed, we played Scattergories, we drank craft beer. Who could ask for more?
  2. Another AZ acquaintance of mine (high school friend of my hubby’s) got a summer internship in the area, and I will benefit from her limited local social network by being able to show her around town. In fact, I can use her visit as an excuse to see more of the city myself, since I’m still pretty new!
  3. Wedding bells, they are a-ringin’. Three friends tie the knot this summer. The wedding we already attended allowed us to explore Lake Geneva, WI with some great buddies from AZ, while celebrating the union of two other great buddies from AZ! The two weddings to come will be a nice reminder that the FFFE has been successful enough to earn me an invite to a very important day for two new friends. I suppose that is proof-positive of progress on the Friendship Meter.
  4. We bought a grill. I am aware that this is not a friendship blessing on its face, but so far we have used it as an excuse to BBQ with the neighbors and a few school friends, and even hosted a get-together for the 4th of July. Oh, sweet grilled meat and corn, to you do we owe our summer friendship successes.

And so, it is with a grateful heart that I report these few, but special, events in the Friendship Endeavor’s summer session. The final phase of the year-long endeavor has gotten off to a pretty decent start.

June, July, and August will complete the year’s endeavor, so I will draft up the plans and get them out ASAP. Things are looking up, and I don’t see why the FFFE shouldn’t continue on indefinitely!

A Day of Thanks for Friends and Family


Happy Thanksgiving!

What a beautiful sentiment for a holiday: giving thanks for all that you appreciate.  For me, my friends and family take center stage.  Despite my many moans and complaints on here, I must acknowledge that indeed, I do have more than my share of fun and quality relationships.

I have much to be grateful for:

  • A wonderful mother, who taught me the importance of honesty, hard work, dependability, love, and kindness.  She is everything a mother should be, and anything I know about conducting myself with grace, keeping love in my heart, and being open to what the world has to offer, I learned from her. She is the type of woman I aspire to be.
  • A terrific father, who taught me the importance of humor, sensitivity, determination, flexibility, and patience.  He is the model all men should follow, and I know how rare good dads are, so he gets extra kudos.  His unending generosity and love gave me the support and confidence I needed to pursue my dreams and love myself for who I am.
  • An inspiring brother, who is carving a wonderful life for himself out of the fallen tree that life placed in his path.  His courage in following his dreams and working hard to make his goals become reality are encouraging to those of us just beginning to make our way without the security of an employer to tell us what to do.
  • A marvelous sister, who makes every occasion a special one just by being present.  Her brave decision to pursue her dreams for love – not money! – make her a tribute to her profession, and her kind, open personality and fabulous sense of humor make sure there is never a dull moment.  She is always there when I need her, and I am so blessed to see her becoming the type of woman she wants to be.
  • A splendid husband, who never fails to teach me the true meaning of love.  His constant support, understanding, and affection shows me what it really means to put someone else before yourself, and I only hope that at some point in our marriage, I will be able to learn from his selflessness so that I can reciprocate his effortless devotion.  He makes generous love seem so easy!

In addition to a wonderful immediate family, I am truly blessed to have excellent in-laws and two beautiful and sweet nieces, who I am busy missing and thinking of this Thanksgiving. Also, thanks can’t be complete without mentioning my sweet puppy, who always cheers me and who tolerates my dancing, no matter how bad it is.

And last but not least, a post on the Friends Forever Friendship Endeavor could not be complete without talking about the many friends I have been blessed to have in my life.  They are people who have lifted me up when times were tough, pushed me forward when I wanted to stop or run away, challenged me to improve when I slipped into complacency, brought me goodies when I invited them over or bought me a beer when we went out together, calmed my fears when life was uncertain, and shared their joys, triumphs, fears, and failures with me, too.  I hope that I have been half as good a friend to you as you have been to me.  Even if we are apart now, spatially or emotionally, I want you to know that I treasure the friendship we shared, and that I will always appreciate the joy you brought to me.

I cannot thank God enough for all the blessings in my life.  I hope that today and every day you can experience the same love and happiness that I feel as I write this.

A Toast to Friends and Family

Here’s a toast to a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks!