This last week, three good friends celebrated their birthdays. Fortunately, I've been able to squeeze in two celebrations, and have one more scheduled on the calendar. Because these friends mean so much to me, I wanted to blog a little about each (in order of birthdays):
Cara: Cara and I met about four years ago. She's a neighbor with two little girls. We hit it off right away, and scheduled a play date. The first play date was pretty crazy (thanks to three little Wood boys). When she walked out of my house and I said to myself, "Well, I doubt I'll ever see her again." Fortunately, crazy doesn't faze her very much, and we still attempt play dates even today.
Cara is a genuine friend, in every sense of the term. She's been my confidant, counselor, and cheerleader through this very challenging year with Caleb. She always says, "I'm on Team Caleb." I feel blessed to have a member on my team like her.
Ali: Ali and I met almost a decade ago when our husbands were in residency together. At the time, she was pregnant with her first, and I was engaged to be married. Her husband completed training first and we lost touch for a few years.
A couple of years later, our friendship recommenced when we both moved within minutes of each other. Today, we are living parallel lives: both mothers of four kids (almost identical in age), ER doc husbands, avid runners.
Ali is the gold star in mothers. She manages it all, and makes it look easy and even fun, while looking absolutely beautiful in the process. I'm blessed to have a friend I can learn from, laugh with, and enjoy the time together.
Erin: Erin and I met in kindergarten. She was the "cool" girl in the kindergarten class. We both admit now that a large part of her kindergarten popularity stemmed from the fact that she had really cool hair accessorized with adorable hair bands (although she had a fabulous personality too!). Fortunately, Erin befriended me (maybe out of pity) and I've clung to her side ever since.
Today I went to Erin's house to celebrate her birthday. When I'm with Erin, I feel like I don't want to leave. She's kind, fun, funny, and abundantly compassionate. Above all, she's loyal and I'm blessed to have 31 years with a friend who knows everything about me and loves me anyway!
Happy Birthday dear friends!