Sometimes It Stinks To Have Amazing Friends.

Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? Who on earth could complain about having good friends? Me, and now maybe our kids. I started writing our annual McGovernVille Newsletter (which I am sure you are anxiously awaiting 😉 Anyway, I am looking at our dropshoots account (www.dropshots.com/mcgovernville password: ladybug) to remind me about the events from the past year.

I (obviously) started at the begining of the year and went from there. Month after month I found friends that moved on. Friends that we have gotten close with over the 3.5 years that we have been here.



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My friend Heidi with her daughter and our kiddos went to the zoo. Heidi and Shana came to our weekly art playgroup, but over the summer moved to Alaska.



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Josh and his sister Alicia (in the red coat), neighbor kiddos building a snowman with the kiddos and I last winter. Josh, his sisters and his parents moved to LA last week.



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Tiffany & her son Alex. Tiffany was part of our small group and moved back home to CA once her husband Mike got out of the Army.



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One of the Salter twins, who was also a part of our small group. They moved to GA last year.



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And Heidi. Heidi is my “sister from another Misses and Mister” She and I have a lot in common in such weird ways. I met her while we were living in Fort Drum and even though neither her nor her husband are military, they have lived in various military towns. They just recently moved to WA (they were following us *snicker*) but are still 3 hours away. I can’t complain, I do get to see her a few times a year. This picture was taken when Heidi and her husband Paul were visiting his family, who live in Seattle. Vincent looks so little!

Then as I went on to March, April, May and June I found friends that I was able to visit with during our 12 week long trip. I was reminded of friends that moved last year and man the tears started flowing…



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Kenniston, Vincenet and Brielle. Brielle is the daughter of a friend I actually met back at Fort Drum. I have known her since the week before I delivered Vincent.



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Vincent, Samantha, Kenniston and Nicole. We met them here at Fort Lewis, but they moved to Fort Hood last summer. The kids still talk about Samantha and Brandon a lot.



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Nicole (Brandon and Samantha’s mom) and I on Easter, she came out to Mom’s house with the kiddos as, once again, her husband was deployed at the same time Brian was.

And then there is the Brech family….



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Landon & Kenniston at the grass park, we spent quite a few playdates at the grasspark near our favorite coffee shop, Forza.



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Vincent and Madison blowing bubbles at Vincent’s 3rd birthday party.



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Vincent and Madison being silly at a winter festival 2007



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The chick trio plus Aaron (Amy and I always had a husband who was in training, on patrol or deployed). Yes, I was pregnant with the twins.



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The oldest Brech Kiddos and oldest McGovern kiddos summer 2008



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The menfolk, doing their thing. “YEAH I SEXY”



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Yes, I will definitly miss this trio of families.

All of the families I have mentioned have had an impact on our life here in McGovernVille. We have had some pretty amazing friends live close by to us and still do. It stinks though, because at some point, thanks to the military (or other job) our duty station, or theirs, will most likely change. Thankfully we have kept in touch with most of the families that have moved away. We were even fortunate enough to travel and visit some of the families over the year. The hard thing with the Brech family though, is that they have moved to Germany. Through Facebook and email and hopefully frequent phone calls our families can still keep in contact. It is still hard though. It stinks to have friends, especially friends who are so amazing. Friends who push me out the door when I am 7 months pregnant with twins and have no motivation to go to PWOC (thanks Nicole), friends who take time to take our family photos when I am 4 weeks new to twin parenting and want nothing more than to have a family photo (thanks Becky), friends who pray over me and think about me every Tuesday (thanks Heidi), friends who answer my 11pm phone calls when I am frantic over a nasty fever and child who says she can’t breath (thanks Amy), friends who say something in the past (I had forgotten all about it) and years later have the courage to call me and apollogize (thanks Tonya), I could go on and on, but these situations are just drops in the bucket that over flows with kind deeds from my dear friends who have moved away. I am extremely blessed with friends around me still, but nothing will ever replace the friends that have moved on. While I love my friends around, deep inside it stinks to watch others move on.



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Updated: December 9, 2009 — 8:15 am

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