A to Z Challenge: Friends like these

This post is part of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year my theme is simply, "things I know." Some posts will be informational, some about life lessons, some about things I've learned as an author/blogger.

Friends like these are hard to find!
I have been blessed with some amazing friends, in 'real' life and online. I've always loved the saying about friends being the family that you choose, because that is definitely how I feel about it. My best friends are as dear to me as my family. They are kind, they are always there for me, and I wouldn't trade them for the world!

Heidi, Tara, Ari and me
I mean, how could you not love faces like these? These are my best friends from graduate school. They are inspiring to me both personally and professionally and I am thankful every day that I have these incredible women in my life.

Who are the special people in your life? How did you meet your friend-family members?

(I am away at a conference for work this week, so I apologize if I do not respond to comments in a timely manner! I will try to respond to everyone next weekend! :) ~AJ )


  1. Great friends are hard to find.. Your post makes me offer a thank you to god for my great friends. Nice post :)

  2. A special tribute to your friends, and the photo is as priceless as their friendships. Lifelong friends are extra special, and I have several....can not imagine life without them. Thanks for the reminder of how special 'Friends' are...I'm going to contact mine and tell them so.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  3. What a lovely photo, you all look so close and happy. I love my family so much, even the ones who annoy, but you are so right about friends being the family you choose, mine are actual gems in my mind.

  4. I wrote about friendship to for f! Great minds think alike. I don't have many actual friends in close proximity. My husband is my best friend. I would love to have a few confidants, but, so far, that hasn't happened. I like the photo. You are blessed.

    Best regards,

  5. My best friend is my husband. He, along with my daughter and my son, are the only three people I trust completely. Trust is very important me.

    Precious Monsters

  6. Aah! What would be life without friends! They make the journey so enjoyable! You all look so lovely in this pic!! ♥

  7. This is a lovely post... wish I had friends! Lol! xxx The picture is beautiful x http://gettingupagainforthe8thtime.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. Anonymous11:43 AM

    This is an intreasting blog i hope your frienship lasts froever ;D

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  9. Stopping by from the A to Z Challenge. What a great F post. I so agree with you about your friends - they are so important. I'm happy to say I still have friends from grammar school even though it's been decades and I live across the country.

  10. Nothing better than girl friends who take you as is!.

    Enjoy your conference.

  11. Husband - online in a role-playing game. IRL in the Greyhound Station in SLC.
    DS1 - they wheeled his bassinet into my room the day after he was born and shut the door. I peered over the side and thought to myself, "What am I supposed to do NOW?"
    DS2 - they put him into my arms right after he was born and that shocked me. It was also VERY cool!
    DD - in the NICU the day after she was born. She was tiny. I was scared. I got violently ill in one of the NICU hand-washing stations on the way out.

    I met several mom-friends at church where we lived until last summer, but they moved away, then I moved away.

    Have a great trip, AJ. Stay safe!

  12. I haven't had any close friends since moving away from my home town, 800 miles away... It seems my closest friends and I have lost touch and finding new ones is challenging. Though I do have 2 sisters and at this point in my life, they are the best friends one could ever have...

  13. Friends is one of the BEST F words there is!

  14. I love my friends. Some of my best memories are of hanging out and having a laugh with them. We've all stayed in touch since high school and I can't wait to see them all again at my wedding next month-especially one of my friends who is travelling all the way from Canada to England for the wedding. It will be a great reunion :)

    Your friends look really fun and I like the dresses.

    ~Tizzy @ Creative Therapy

  15. I love that picture. Unfortunately, I've lost touch with my best friends from high school.

  16. Good friends are hard to come by. It's nice you get to celebrate them on your blog today.

    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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  17. Just look at those grins!

    My friends are my treasure, too.

    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  18. Anonymous12:00 AM

    I consider myself really lucky that I've got a large number of good friends, of whom a few are extremely close.
    When it comes to friends and friendship, my favourite quote is this one by Zig Ziglar: "If you go out looking for friends, you're going to find they're very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere."


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