An Open Letter to my friends

Yesterday was my thirtieth birthday and, as I was reflecting on such a milestone, I was overcome with thankfulness for my friends. We moved to a new town three years ago. Almost all of my friends are “new” friends and yet I have never felt more loved, more encouraged and more supported in my life. This is for them.

Dearest friends,

I often wish I could express just how much I love you all and how very thankful I am for you.

Thank you for not making me feel like a crazy person. Thank you for listening to me rant and rattle on about the joys and stresses of homeschooling. Thank you for understanding that talking about my kids, talking about myself and talking about our homeschool is so intertwined for me.

Thank you for supporting and encouraging me. Thank you for asking genuine questions with genuine interest. Thank you for reading and researching yourselves so that you can understand us. Thank you for caring so much.

Thank you for asking my son the right questions. Thank you for asking him about his adventures and his teatimes. Thank you for asking him what book he is reading and how swimming is going. Thank you for not asking him when he is starting Big School.

Thank you for being friends with our whole family. Thank you for valuing the friendships between our children. Thank you for dreaming of the future of all our boys (and the few girls) together, no matter what their schooling or age. Thank you for loving my boys.

Thank you for loving me. Thank you for supporting me when I’m struggling and smiling with me when I’m joyful.

I’m am truly thankful to God for giving me such wonderful friends and I am truly thankful to you for being so. I only hope and pray, that I can be a good friend in return.

Shelley x

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