Hey Friends!

Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

I’ll be honest ~ I hate goodbyes. If you’ve been my friend for any length of time, you know this is true. You can’t get rid of me if you try 🙂 .

Goodbye is not in my vocabulary.

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Cindy, experts say the ability to say goodbye is a necessary life skill“.

I know, I know.

And I want to be healthy and whole and normal ~ I really do.

But goodbyes bring up too much pain for me…especially after experiencing the tragic death of my fiance David just 5 months before our wedding and 2 weeks before Christmas.

I don’t want to have to say good-bye anymore.

Which brings me to today. The Lord has blessed me with such a wonderful group of friends. I’m so fortunate, I realize this.

And there are 3 friends that I spend the most time with, and these girls really, really know me.

Julie, Jill and Jen. I call them my “3 J’s” and thank God for them daily.

Last fall, when Jen’s husband received a job offer in Pennsylavania, I could barely take it. I cried all of the time. I had a melt down in gymnastics. I still get teary-eyed when I walk past our favorite weekly coffee shop.

Did I mention I hate goodbyes?

Thankfully, Jill and Julie helped me through (of course, Jesus & John were also there for me!) and I settled into having my “2 J’s” close by (and cherish my phone calls from PA with Jen).

Imagine my sadness when Jill shared this spring that her husband was offered a job in Minnesota. NOOOOO!! Jill and I meet every Tuesday at Starbucks. We sit together at church every Sunday. Her husband is mentoring my son Jake. Our kids love each other. We celebrate St Patricks Day & New Years Eve and go to 4th of July parades together.

And only Jill would show up at my door like this when I was having a bad day….

You know the rest of the story. The moving truck arrived at their house yesterday.

Saying goodbye is a necessary life skill, and I guess it’s time I start to mature in this area (but I still don’t want to!).

Today I’m choosing gratitude. I made a list of the Top 10 things I love about Jill, and have been cherishing our special times together over the past 6+ years.

How about you?? How have you made it through painful goodbyes??

I’d love to learn from you, my dear bloggy friends. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*. Wishing you a joy-filled day!

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