Friends are the first thing that comes to mind when I think of F. I am so blessed/fortunate/glad/thrilled/lucky/excited to have the friends I do. I have so many friends--best friends even!--and each one of them adds so much to my life.
Of course, not all my friends live here, so I do have those days where I feel a little lonely for a friend and wish there was someone across the street or next door to hang out with. Wouldn't that be lovely--a neighborhood where all your friends lived next door, across the street, or just down the way? I suppose that's what heaven will be like!
Lately I've really been missing my friend Hanna, who lives in Spokane, and wishing she could come and hang out for the day. As I think about winter, I'd like to learn to hook rugs (I know...another craft might be adding a little much until I finish all the things I've got going!) and Hanna makes beautiful ones.
I've been missing my friend Sarah in Seattle too--it's been a while since we've talked and sending a few emails back and forth the past couple of days has made me miss her a lot.
Of course, I miss my friends in San Diego, and am wishing for a morning when they could all come to my house for coffee and a morning of knitting or sewing or just chatting and catching up. I miss hanging out at the bus stop in the afternoon with Brenda and Marie!
Writing about England yesterday made me miss my friend Heidi and the silly teenagers we were together! I suppose I could go get some blue eyeshadow, electric blue mascara, suntan pantyhose, and some dangly earrings and have a little flashback by myself...
In the midst of missing these great women, I'm also looking forward to time with friends coming up... A day with Holly down in Colorado Springs, some time with Jen this weekend to meet her two new daughters from Ethiopia, a morning with another Jen learning to make paper flowers, and a day with a bunch of great women at the Women of Faith preconference in a couple of weeks.
Making time for friends is very important to me. I've told the story before of how I went a little nuts after Emma was born. I was stuck in "mommy mode" and felt a little stifled. Toben sent me off to Paris for a week with some girlfriends to celebrate my 30th birthday and it brought me back to life. Ever since then, I plan time with other women--Bible study, prayer group, time to visit on the phone, lots of emailing back and forth, girls weekends whenever I can...
Friendship is absolutely necessary for my life!
Here are some pictures of Sarah, Emily, Michelle, and me and some of our adventures together!
F is for Friedenstein--my maiden name. Yep, I got called Frankenstein a lot as a child.
F is for Fraulein Maria (as Toben pointed out!). I do love The Sound of Music.
F is for french--a language I started learning when I was 11 and kept on learning until I earned a degree in it in college.
Finally, F is for Facebook--something to which I'm quickly becoming addicted! Go join and we can be friends there too!