All I REALLY needed to know about LIFE…

I LEARNED FROM MY GIRLFRIENDS!

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In the spirit of THANKSgiving I really wanted to post this photo of some of my favorite girlfriends.  In life I’ve been immensely blessed and these ladies are just a few of some of those wonderful and life changing blessings I’ve been given.  These are “the girls” (minus Rachel).  The friendships with these girls started YEARS ago (18 or more?) or so when we were all in YW together in church.  And even before that some friendships within this group span entire lifetimes as some of these girls were babies together w/parents who were friends.  I’ve never faced any of life’s big challenges without some or all of “the girls” by my side.  Through high school and graduations, marriages and children, divorces and difficulties…we’ve stood by each other through it all.  Girls nights which were a thing of our teenage years to escape home and laugh together, have continued throughout our adult lives.  It’s great that within the group there are many different tighter friendships, but always with a lack of jealousy like many girl groups tend to have, especially when they’re young.   We can go months without getting together but we always seem to make time for “girls nights” when we can…and we are always there for each other through the rough times.

Some of the greatest things I’ve learned about life, I learned from/with these girls…

Boys are stupid and yet husbands are amazing.

Marriage is hard and marriage is so rewarding.

Parenting is not what we thought, but it’s better than we could have imagined.

When life throws you curveballs all you need is a little chocolate and friends to lighten the load.

Being roommates (despite many concerned adults fearing it would dampen our friendship) was definitely one of the most FUN times of our lives and definitely taught us a lot about living together, respect and further encouraged lifelong relationships.

Late night runs to Taco Bell replaced with QT runs for drinks.

Food binges w/junk food sometimes replaced with health kicks and a desire to be better (until girls night of course).

When one is down, we must all step in to help her out.

Laughter (and girlfriends) really are the best medicine in life.

How to properly support “the girls” (the OTHER girls)…oh yes, we once had bra makeovers to ensure we were “cinched up” enough!

Personal time for yourself isn’t just important, it’s essential to happiness.

Listening is definitely THERAPY, but for a much cheaper price.

Birthdays are a day to be recognized and made to feel special.

Calories don’t count on girls night.

Secrets are to be shared…and also to be kept.

Fashion isn’t my strength, thankfully the girls can help with clothing, styling and shopping.

Email chains have never been longer (we’re talking “reply all” times 10 over and over and over)

Babies being born is usually an invitation for a hospital party and even a “girls night” in the hospital room.

Bridal showers come with two types of presents…one to open in the midst of the guests, the other saved for just us to give/see.

So much can be learned at girls night…much of which I can’t share here…

When you’re stuck in a parenting dillema, hands down someone else has been there and can offer their advice.

When someone we know dies, gets ill, needs surgery, feeling overwhelmed with life, struggling financially…rest assured we are just an email chain away from having help on your doorstep in the form of meals, house cleaning, babysitting, gifts, visits and especially prayers.

I’m so grateful to be blessed with MANY great friendships in my life…and “the girls” are high on that list.  I’ve shed more tears, struggles and overcome many of life’s hurdles with these girls…and I’m happy to see that that’s not ending anytime soon!

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TammyNovember 23, 2010

I couldn’t have said it better. Thanks for being one of those “girls” that has been there for me.

AlysonNovember 23, 2010

I love that picture! What pretty ladies!

JoAnnNovember 23, 2010

Jen, I’m reading your blog with tears streaming down my cheeks. What an amazing tribute to all of you. Not very many people go through life with the closeness you girls have shared. I am so thankful I have been able to be on the sidelines to see you girls grow up into beautiful women. I am so thankful for the support you have given Janelle over the years. In particular after Brent’s accident when you gave her your love as well as emotional and phsyical support that spilled over to our entire family.
I love all of you guys! What a fun, wild, exciting, spiritual, beautiful, thoughtful group of girls you all are.
JoJo

nellyNovember 23, 2010

I’m so happy to be a “girl”! My life is SO much better because of it!

JanelleNovember 23, 2010

YaY!! You posted. It was awesome. YOU are probably the greatest definition of a friend there is! Thanks for doing this and thanks for all you do! I feel so incredibly grateful to have my girls, 20+ years later! 🙂

Bradie SalmonsNovember 24, 2010

Jen! Oh my goodness! You made me cry! I loved everything you said about our lil group! Maybe its cuz I went thru soooo much this past year and you all were SO THERE for me! Thanks for the support ladies! You just had such perfect words for our “girls” I absolutely loved this post! And I’m so happy that we are still going strong! Amazing! Great photo!

Kari HoltNovember 24, 2010

Absolutely loved every word of this post!! I have been blessed with wonderful friends in my life, too, but I do kinda wish I had a big group of “life long” friends like this … I moved away after high school and have lost touch (except for FB) with most everyone from high school since my parents have moved away from where I grew up. I am having a 20 year reunion with my roomies from BYU at Women’s Conference in April and I can hardly wait for that!!!

KananiNovember 24, 2010

My heart is happy! Thank you girls for the privilage of being one of the girls.

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