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Friendship and understanding

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one. –C. S. Lewis

Most friendships begin with all of those lovely things that we have in common with another person and grow over time.

But, some friendships are rooted in shared sorrows and an intimate understanding of loss.

My friendship with Tonya began as the latter. The loss of a parent–in Tonya’s case, both parents–brought us together.

And over time, our relationship has evolved into so much more than that.

We laugh, encourage one another, and celebrate life together.

But there’s an underlying knowledge that she understands me.

When I experience great joy, she knows that there’s a part of me mourns my father.

When I’m struggling, she knows just what to say that both acknowledges what I’m saying but also what I’m not.

I am guest posting for Tonya today over on Letters for Lucas, where I’ve shared a letter to my mother, a woman who I don’t thank nearly often enough.

It would mean the world to me if you came by to say hello.

Thank you for your friendship, Tonya. I count you amongst my greatest blessings.

 

Friendship, gratitude and the moments that matter

There are some people on whom you know you can always lean.

They are there when you’re feeling a bit lost, when you need a smile, when you’re stuck, or when you simply want to share a bit of happy news.

My friend Ashley is one of those amazing friends.

I am so lucky to have her in my life.

And I’m honored to be kicking off her new guest series, Porch Swing Stories.

Here’s how Ashley describes her new series…

What will these posts entail? Love. Laughter. Sadness. Memories. Those moments of pure reflection, the moments when something was realized. The moments that only come to you in a time of clarity and reflection… such as those on my front porch swing.

What a wonderful series to be a part of!

Please come visit me over on My Front Porch Swing, where I’m sharing a moment of realization…a moment that I hope to keep in mind for years to come.

Christmas and Childhood

christmas ornament, christmas memories, snow and ChristmasI often wonder what Katie and Matthew will carry into adulthood.

Which memories will weave together to form their childhood as a whole?

Will they remember pancake mornings or raspberries blown on their bellies?

Will they remember us taking them for rides to look at the lights at Christmastime or the way we always tried to have a special gift under the tree that delighted them?

I carry with me a memory of my mother that defined Christmas for me as a child and I am so incredibly honored to share my story with the SITS Girls over on The Secret to Success is Support.

Please come by and say hello.

And if you’re visiting from SITS, welcome and happy holidays to you!

I’m so happy to have you.

Enough

What if someone suggested this idea to you…

It is time to carry the weight of empowerment instead of the weight of our flaws on our shoulders.

Think about that for a minute.

What a freeing thought.

Could you do it?

Could I?

Yes.

And I’m sharing my thoughts about it over on Just. Be. Enough.

Please follow me over there today where I’m sharing memories of my beautiful mother and a moment in my life when I had to set aside my unrealistic expectations and just breathe.

And…

Just.

Be.

Enough.

What Matters?

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It’s been a while now since I’ve been a guest on someone else’s blog.

Life has been so hectic lately that I’ve had little time to stop and spend time with anyone.

But, when Courtney, from The Mommy Matters, asked me to come by and spend the day, I couldn’t say no.

There’s something magical about Courtney…something that I am drawn to.

She’s lovely, kind, and remarkably talented.

And I’m honored that she invited me.

So, please follow me over there today, where I’m sharing a small moment that I spent with Katie this week…a moment when life simply stopped for a while.

And while you’re over at Courtney’s place, please poke around and stay a while. I have no doubt that you’ll adore her.

Don’t miss Courtney on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest (where I probably see her most!).

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Nichole Beaudry @NicholeBeaudry Location: Northern California
Each and every day, I strive to appreciate the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments, the moments that, when strung together, form a lifetime.
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