Friday, July 17, 2009


Today I was just thinking.....

As I was doing my normal everyday things (picking up toys, folding laundry, making beds, vacuuming, you get the idea,) I got to thinking about my friends here in Phoenix.
It has nearly been 5 years since our move here! I can't believe how fast time has gone. Connor was only 18 months and I was newly pregnant with Carson. Kelly was a young police recruit and we were in this new, hot, strange place.

We were quickly welcomed into a friendly ward where I was so lucky to have found some great friends. That surely helped me in a difficult transition. The first year was the hardest, but we found excitement in the purchase of our first home in a new community, in a place called "Buckeye." I was not thrilled about having to put the name "Buckeye" on my mailing information! But out west we went!

Buckeye has been our home for close to 4 years now. We have been blessed to know some of the greatest people on earth! These people have become our Arizona family and have taken such good care of us. We have had friends who invited us to their Thanksgiving dinner because we couldn't go home one year. Friends have had us over for birthdays, barbecues, game nights, playgroups, craft days, pool parties, girls nights, and super bowl parties. We can't forget those friends who have kindly answered last minute calls to pick up Connor up from school because I forgot early day. Or the one who gladly watched two of the kids because I had to take the other to urgent care. We are also lucky enough to have one of our dearest friends also be Kelly's work partner. Over the years we have surely had some good times with good friends!
These are a few pictures of some of these people....please don't feel bad if you aren't pictured!

(Kelly and his buddy Freeman at a Cardinals game.)

(Me and just a few of my favorite gals!)

(Carson and Freeman. They get mistaken for one another quite often!)

(Connor and his best buddy, Kutter. We sure miss him!)

(Me and some of my friends who taught joy school this year. Also, Carson and his friends!)

I don't know exactly what has gotten me thinking about these things. It is possible that since we are nearing our 5th year mark, I have been contemplating our time here. It could be that one of these great friends has been on my mind lately because I miss her so much. Maybe it is because tonight we are headed for some cake and ice cream with one of these families. Whatever the reason, I am surely grateful for these wonderful people who have enriched my life! I love my Buckeye friends!


Rachel said...

It's so good that you have found such great friends. I know what a difference it can make when you have friends where you live, even if you do have family close by.

Diane said...

That was a very sweet post! Maybe you've found the same thing we have. When you live away from your family, you find family in your friends. Sounds like you've done just that. You are making some of the happiest memories of your life. Enjoy!

Angela said...

Only 5 years? Feels like forever sometimes.
I'm glad you have close friends where you live. That is a real blessing.

Tina said...

I'm so glad to know that my sister has good friends around her too, that take care of her when we cannot since we live so far away. Friends make a big difference. Happy for you and your good friends!

The Wright's said...

I seem to have lived a lot of places the past few years. But I have to say that Buckeye has without a doubt given me the most and closest group of friends imagineable. I guarantee as long as I live, I could never top the friends I made in Buckeye. I am certain I will miss them everyday. I honestly could not imagine what my life would have been like had I not met you and your cute little family. I am glad you have found as much peace and happiness in the friends you have made as I did in the ones I had there too. There is something about a Buckeye girl that you can't help but love!!!

pzierse said...

Meg, you make me want to cry. I am so thankful for you sweet friends too!! I feel you are all being taken care of. We so miss all of you too. Love ya