It’s so fun to make new friends. I’ve lived in four different cities post-college, and my circle keeps expanding with each move. But, there’s still something about old friendships that is so comfortable. The kind of friendships where you can always pick up where you left off without skipping a beat. Friends that are so familiar and so dear that you feel close to them, even when you’re thousands of miles apart. Friends with whom you always find yourself reminiscing about past memories, laughing until it hurts, and diving into deep conversations about life, faith, the future, etc. Friends who know you so well and yet choose to love you despite the quirks and the crazy.
Two of those friends are coming to visit me tomorrow. They are much more spontaneous than me, and they just booked their tickets a few weeks ago. It turns out this is a good thing, because I would’ve burst with excitement, if I had to wait much longer than that! I am SO excited for time with them.
We’ve had some pretty serious fun together:
- Graduating from Miami University together in 2006 after four years of shenanigans
- SB ’05!!! Eight of us roadtripped from Oxford, Ohio to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, then cruised to the Bahamas for Spring Break.
- Brazil and Argentina 2010…the three of us spent two weeks together, including Easter Sunday at Christos Redentor (covered in scaffolding) in Rio de Janeiro. Hiking the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina is still one of the most incredible things I’ve done to date!
- Reunions in 10 different states post-college
- Celebrating New Years together twice: 2007 in Chicago and 2013 at a cabin in Wisconsin.
- Attending eight Miami weddings together…including their wedding in St. Paul, Minnesota in January 2009. Even though the temperature was -11* F on the morning of the wedding, it was a fabulous event!
- Kentucky Oaks 2013
In preparation for their visit, I was reflecting on the last 12 years. I’m so grateful for these friends and look forward to making some new European memories together this week! Here’s a glimpse at some fun times: