Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Well some might say that friends come and go
I don't usually say that, but I hear it all the time...
Brandon always asks me why I want more friends.
"we barely get to see the ones we really like" he always says.
I have been thinking a lot this summer about friendship
What does it really mean?
I have had friends that I have had my WHOLE life,
whom I KNOW will be my friends FOREVER...
One's that I can think of RIGHT off the top of my head
and they know who they are.
THEN there are those friends you meet along the way and have a special connection with.
There are some that have an impact on you,
or ones that YOU impact....
I have learned that I am the friend that will always CARE,
not because I want you to THINK that I care,
NOT because that I think its the "right" thing to do,
because I find myself CARING about these people
that I have only been friends with for a short period of time.
I think about them, I hope they are doing okay and I pray for them when their life is rough.
Some of them I don't know if I will ever see again, or in the near future at least...
But then I wonder, is it all about effort?
Does it matter if I ever see them again?
Am I still considered a good friend if its only long distance?
I don't know yet.
I figure,
why I am down here on earth, why not give it some effort?
I know I sound Cheesy right now,
but I am totally PAST the point of caring, If you can't tell.

So I made this friend out here in Oklahoma.
In the beginning I thought she would be fun to hang out with
We both have 3 kids
We share the same religious beliefs
My husband is from the same town as she and her husband are from
We are close to the same age...
it was perfect to have someone like that to PASS the time while Brandon was at work
Her name is Leah.
She QUICKLY changed from someone
who I just thought was fun and cool
Best Friend.
I make friends fairly quickly I know that,
you can't find friends that you
CLICK with
I think in the short time she was here,
she's become someone that I could tell anything to.
Cry with,
Laugh with
Share secrets with
Be silly with
and feel comfortable
someone I could TRUST.
Its hard to find somebody that you can feel that comfortable around
besides your spouse, kids siblings or parents.
Not only did I think she was wonderful and like a sister that I never had
I started to love her kids too.
Yes, I love kids,
but they were such cuties and my boys played with them everyday.

She left yesterday.
Now its just me and the kiddos all day.

I miss my friend.

at the park

After eating the best frozen yogurt!

Sunday Picnics

Showing our buff-ness from going to the gym every morning!


SUSHI baby!

more muscles...props to the kiddos for being such good photographers! ha!

More sushi...

Don't Mess!

On our way to the ZOO

Oh yeah baby!

This was MEANT to get the Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt sign in the picture.
This was a SWEET temptation for us....YUMMMM!


Chris and Mindy said...

Cute pics!! I made a best friend last summer in the Chicago doing alarms - turned out the same way! I hated when the summer ended and we had to come home, I got so used to playing with them all day, everyday.

jlohran said...

Ash-- you are a really fun, outgoing, funny person that people are drawn to. I am glad to be among those who have crossed your path!

Kathy said...

Love all the pictures... Friends really do make life more enjoyable! Hang in there... we love you guys!

Leah said...

Dangit it Ash, was that meant to make me cry?!! I miss you SO bad. That was such a sweet post and honestly you beat me to the punch, I had your tribute on my blog all planned! (But you know how well I update the thing!)I am so thankful to have met you and you have had such a positive impact on me and my kids. I know that we are going to continue this friendship regardless of distance. Now that you are in my life, I don't know what I'd do without ya! I love you!!!!!

Alisa said...

Oh that is so cute! You always were so cute and such a good friend I am so happy you had such a great summer!!!!

Liza said...

Cute. You two are adorable! I'm so glad you had each other to stick out the Summer with. Looks like you had so much fun together!

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