Every October for three years now an amazing thing has occurred; hundreds of women have taken a challenge to deeply explore a single topic for an entire month, posting daily on that subject on their personal blogs. Today I am glad to join them for this year's 31 Days event, begun and hosted by the Nester.
Oddly enough, I had forgotten about the 31 Days series until I checked my blog this morning for the first time in weeks. We have been super busy and my brain has been so full, and it just so happened that I was in tears over some friendship struggles at the moment, and I clicked through just to try and distract myself long enough to stop crying. As I read the post on The Nesting Place I felt strongly as if I should do this. . . on the topic of friendship. It seems there is so much that we have forgotten about making and keeping friends these days. Or maybe I just felt I still have so much left to learn.
Having not posted regularly for nearly two years, and being the queen of beginning-but-not-finishing, thirty-one consecutive posts seems like a giant task, but when I told my husband about it and advised him to discourage me in attempting it, he told me I should DO IT. So there!
I mean, HERE. Here I am.
Me on the left. And my bestie.
So yeah, Friendship. A big topic for women, especially. We start out early with our best friends in preschool and thus begins the lifelong roller coaster we seek to navigate dressed in our cutest clothes, with a phone and a kleenex box clutched tightly on one side, a container of chocolate ice cream held tightly in the other hand, and a whole world of hopes, fears, and insecurities clutched tightly within. Truly at times the ride is scary and exhilarating. Sometimes we feel like the lap bar just came up at the top of a plunge. Sometimes we feel that tug in our throat as the climb uphill whisks us out of a valley. Sometimes we just feel stuck and wish the little guys in their tool belts would hurry up and fix things so we don't have to try to climb down those skinny little side-paths holding all our insecurities. Sometimes we feel happy or sad or just nothing at all, really, but as women, we FEEL, and we share these feelings with our friends.
This month I want to explore friendship--making and keeping friends, how friends help us, why we need them, and how the stages of our lives affect our friendships. I want to look into our most significant relationships and see what makes them tick while coming to understand better the maintenance steps we need to take to keep our relationships healthy.
I'll approach all this from the perspective of a homeschooling mom of 13 years. A mom who loves Jesus and seeks to live that in front of her kids and husband every day. A woman who fails and tries and often cries and who has no idea how to get it all done, but who knows deep down inside that there is much more significance to the mundane tasks and joys of everyday living than what we often stop to think.
So will you come along with me as we look at what it means to be a wife, daughter, mother, sister--what it means to be a friend?
Grab a cup of something warm and comforting. I look forward to journeying with you.
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