Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 30

Day 30: A picture of someone you miss

Right now, I really wish I had my close friends, Emily and Julie, nearby. I really miss them.

When I first came to Helena four years ago, I didn't know anyone. And even though I was happy for the move, I was lonely. It's kind of strange how it's harder to make friends in a small town. Maybe because people are already set in their ways and don't venture out of the norm too much, they are just more closed off to new people? Who knows. That's why I was so excited to hear that my friend for life, Emily, was moving to town. She came to be a woman's pastor at the local college. I have known Emily for over 20 years. We grew up together - grade school, middle school, high school, and some college. I loved that we were now in the same town again, being able to call each other up and meet for coffee or to hang out whenever we wanted. We could spend hours and hours just talking about life, our memories growing up, and dreaming about the future. We were both really busy, but we still made time to get together and just relax.

Emily is full of life. She is always positive. She is wise and gives great advise. She is always surrounded with a large group of friends... everyone wants to have time with her! She is witty and so intelligent. She cares about people and gives her life for college students. She "gets" me and our friendship is so genuine. I feel like I can tell her just about anything. She is super talented and succeeds in pretty much anything she puts her mind to.

Because she has such a heart for college students and is so gifted, she was offered an amazing opportunity to be the head pastor at another university... it is an awesome thing for her, but I sure miss her living so close by.
at a friend's wedding

one of Jack's first outings last May
And my friend, Julie. I really miss her. I got to know Julie through our husbands, who are both in the same line of work. Then I got to know her even more through a small group bible study at church, when all of us women in the group seemed to be entering motherhood at the same time. She lived close by until her family moved because of her husband's deployment to Iraq. While she is only a couple hours away, I still miss seeing her throughout the week.

Julie is such a great friend and someone who I just love sitting down with over a cup of coffee. She is zero drama and her stability is something I really admire. She is mellow, and easy-going. She is a great mom. If I ever have a parenting question, I know who to ask! She is such an encouragement to me, helping through all the emotions of having Jack so early. She knows who she is and doesn't put on a show. She is kind and cares about people and what is going on the world. She is an amazing Speech Therapist and has a love for children and seeing them reach their fullest potential. She is a wonderful writer and her blog has been a daily joy for me. I miss her so much.

Julie visiting us in the NICU

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Julie said...

Thanks Jessi! Zero drama...that's me! :) Some tears here for your kind words. Can't wait to see you in a few days!!!!!!!

Babs said...

Emily and Julie are such lovely ladies!

Emily Real said...

Just catching up on my blog comments. Love and MISS you too, Jessi! I feel totally honored to be "featured". Isn't there something so safe and relieving about being with someone you don't have to explain yourself to? I feel the same about time spent with you! I also love that though we're apart, we can pick up where we left off. So looking forward to our next coffee date!