T.G.I.F. – Welcome to Be Our Guest Fridays!
Fridays is one of my favorite days of the week here on Mom’s Small Victories. It’s when I get the privilege to showcase my favorite bloggers and authors for my Be Our Guest Fridays series. I started this feature as a fun way to give back to the blogging community and have been thrilled with how it’s grown and continued. Each blogger inspires me in some way and I’m sure they will inspire you too.
Today, I have the pleasure to introduce you to Jennine from My Life in Books. If you don’t already know her, she’s a high school English teacher and the kind of teacher who genuinely cares about her students. I wish I had her when I was in school, I might’ve started my love for reading at a younger age. Jennine writes thoughtful and in-depth book reviews and discussions on her blog and has a fun Begin the Week with Words series every Monday featuring quotes that inspire her or make for good discussion. Today, Jennine’s writing something more personal about her life, being a young mom and how she had to relearn friendship. Thanks Jennine for sharing with us.
by Jennine from My Life in Books
From her blog:
Wife, mother, and English teacher who loves incorporating reading and writing into all aspects of life.
Wow, Jeannine had 3 kids by the time she was 25! I hadn’t even had my first kid yet. I agree that I got so wrapped up in kid wrangling that my friendships suffered initially. I had a few close friends but didn’t see them as much as I’d have liked.
As our kids have gotten older, Superhubby and I trade weekly nights off when we can get time to ourselves and hang out with our friends. I get the chance to connect with my blogging friends, my book club or meet friends for dinner. I love my boys but I certainly appreciate and value the time to nurture my own friendships, those that are just for me.
I’ve lost touch or had a falling out with several friends over the years and whether suddenly or over time, it saddens me to have lost them. Jennine’s post reminded me of the book My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friendships that I read last year, essays by various women and stories of losing their best friends. It really made me think about how my friendships have changed and what kind of friend I am and aspire to be.
How have your friendships changed over the years? Have you loved and lost some of your friends? Are you an introvert or extrovert? Are you guarded or an open book? How easy is it for you to make new friends? Tell us and keep the discussion going!