As many of you know, I lived in Sheffield for a couple of years. That was a very tumultuous point in my life. There were some things going on that I never want to go through again! But, one thing that came out of that time, even as a direct result of those really tough times, was a deep friendship with M and J. These people stepped in, weeks after their wedding, to be my family during a time when I needed family desperately. I spent more time round their house than I did at my own during some weeks. And, it was always at their invitation. These people are wonderful. I only lived 15 minutes down the road from them, but very often when I'd go round for dinner, one or the other of them would say, "You staying the night?" I and I'd say, "No, I'll head on home after dinner." And they'd reply with, "You staying the night?" It got to the point where I actually kept a spare toothbrush and pajamas at their house! J even went so far as to read my entire Master's Dissertation, much of which was written from their sofa. I can never repay their generosity and love. But some day I hope to be able to make someone else feel as loved as they made (make!) me feel.
Anyway, the point of this ramble is that J is expecting their first child in about a week and a half from now, so I thought, right, I'm going to go up and see them before the baby comes so that I don't cause more stress. And I'll go back up in the summer to meet Peanut (they don't know if they're having a boy or a girl, so they call him/her Peanut) after things have calmed.
So, I spent Easter Monday - Wednesday playing with M & J. And it was lovely! I hate that I now live a 4 hour drive away. That's just far enough that you really have to stay over night, which means it's a pretty big undertaking to visit. Of course, it's a heck of a lot closer than when they move to Australia (J's Australian.) or I move to the States!
I had a fabulous visit to M&J's house. And even got to spend some time with another friend, H, and her 3 kids. Especially E!!! She's the best cuddler ever. Thanks for the warm welcome! I can't believe it's been 4 years since I left. It still feels like home in so many ways. I miss you!