Joy and New Friends

Motherhood and Me

My beautiful friend, Sue

Do you remember being a child and making a new friend?

Remember how you longed to know everything about them?

How there was chemistry from the very start?

Well, last weekend, I was lucky enough to be reminded of exactly what that feels like.

My friend Rachel has told me about her friend Sue…they’ve been friends since high school.

I knew that Rachel adored her, but I wasn’t prepared for just how much I would fall in love with her when I met her myself.

There’s magic behind Sue’s eyes.

She’s genuine and kind.

Funny and beautiful.

Life gets so busy that sometimes I think we don’t pause long enough to truly see others as much as we’d like.

But on Saturday night, when Sue asked questions, her eyes showed that she was listening to the answers.

When she hugged me goodbye, she held on an extra moment…an extra moment that showed that her hug was real.

And I am all swoony.

And grateful.

Please go say hello to Sue on her blog, Motherhood and Me.

You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Sue brought me tremendous joy this week. And I am so thankful for her friendship.

What brought you joy this week? Please share it with me in the comments!



  1. Oh Nichole!!!!!!!!!! I have tears in my eyes!! Isn't she SO special!!! I am SO happy you guys connected!! Swoon!!! xoxoxo

  2. PS- We had the BEST room ever!! I could have stayed up all night talking…except that maybe I had too much wine and fell asleep! :-)

  3. @skywaitress

    That is so special. Hang onto it. Those connections don't come everyday. Sometimes they only come once or twice in a lifetime.

  4. Kimberly

    Those connections are amazing. How lucky for both of you to know each other!

  5. MamaWantsThis

    Making connections as adults, as moms, it's always so hard, and when you do, so special. So glad you met Sue.

  6. sherrikuhn

    Oh, I agree! I loved meeting Sue and sharing the awesome company I was lucky enough to have!!

  7. New friendships at any age are special. Enjoy!

  8. What brought me joy: seeing you! That and laughing at my adorable son and snuggling with my challenging daughter.
    But Sue, she's got something special inside her, doesn't she? I look forward to getting to know her.

  9. Courtney K.

    I love connecting with new friends like that. :) How awesome to have gotten the chance to hang out and get to know each other.

  10. Kirsten

    I really love the connections with other women, esp when they come when I am not expecting them. My. Joy this week has been that the gray/blueish cloud that had been hovering over me is starting to lift. I feel more like myself a little more every day. And of course my boys…all the time, their smiles and hugs and giggles….they bring me joy becuase they are here and in my arms.

  11. I love making a friend connection like that!
    For me this week has been rough. I've been super sick with back pain…but yesterday as I was laying all crippled…and very vulnerable I might add…my son snuggled up to me and gave me a "Fart Pie".
    Yea, I thought that he was just snuggling up to me to comfort me, but no. He gave me a giant fart pie in the face.
    It did make me laugh.

  12. Beth Anne

    oh, how I adore Sue! So glad you get the chance to hug her as well :)

  13. Connie

    Oh man-new friendships as a grown up are so exciting, because it's really pretty rare-and you're wise enough to savor the newness of it.
    The best thing I had happen to me this week was an important one. I'm currently mentoring a college-aged young woman who aged out of my husband's high school youth ministry. She asked me to mentor her for a class assignment she had (a mentoring class-how cool is that?!). Well, last week I learned that I'm still not pregnant (and due to my job we're stopping our efforts for a few months), so I wasn't in a great emotional place to meet-but I made a pot of tea for us and kept our mentoring session anyways. As it turned out, this young friend of mine was having a really tough week herself (that loneliness that comes from being on your own at college), and when we ended our session I reached over and gave her a hug, and I felt her settle into it and say, 'It's nice to be around someone who knows me well enough to hug me." It let me realize that even though my husband and I don't yet have a baby of our own, thanks to his job, we have lots of young people in our life who need us.

  14. This connection was made even more special by you taking the time to write about it's importance to you.

    I've always been a 'best friend' kind of girl, but now that I don't live near my best friend, I've had to downshift into many casual relationships. I miss that bond. Although my best friend is more the type to roll her eyes at me and say, "Good God, could you get your roots done before I have to eat a meal next to you."

  15. thisismynewmoon

    I recently made a new friend like that and it's been wonderful. She's several years younger than me, but her maturity and grace is astonishing. I wish I had been that poised and sure of myself at 23. I am not even that confident at 29. But it is a friendship that I am grateful for nonetheless.

  16. julie gardner

    I love this. LOVE. One of my best friends is someone I met because our sons' third grade teacher told us during separate conferences how important the bond between our boys had become. She said something along the lines of "These two boys NEED each other; because they get each other in ways other kids don't."

    So we got in touch. (Shocking, I know.) And they had two daughters my daughter's age. And we got together for a BBQ. That was six years ago and our families now travel together, hang together, love each other.

    All because a teacher said "we'd get along."

    This relationship has brought me joy for years. What brought me joy this week was cutting off 10 inches of hair to donate to Locks of Love. Gratifying doesn't begin to cover it.

    XO and much love to you, Nichole. You are fabulous.
    Thanks for spreading the joy!

  17. grumpysleepyandbashful

    What a sweet, sweet post! New friends are the best. It's easy, as we get older, to become more family central, more focused on what is immediately around us. I love the joy in meeting new people (most of the time). I recently connected with an old friend, who is now a new friend all over again!

  18. Cheryl @ Mommypants

    Swoon. Love making new friends!

  19. Megan -Best of Fates

    Aw, she sound so sweet!

    Also? I think her favicon might be a mustache, so I'm already in love.

  20. John

    I completely still do this . . . the "person x likes you, so I know I will to," and then there's the whole "early relationship jitters" without the added pressure of figuring out how your "new friend" likes to be kissed

  21. Tonya

    Here's to new friends!! Sue sounds amazing.

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