Journey 234: Family and New Friends

What a blessed journey today. As Joplin and the surrounding area was soaked with heavy rains, I enjoyed a morning snug within my house, working on an offer/counter offer on behalf of clients. As the storm clouds scurried off to the east, family arrived from Broken Arrow, OK. Work done for the day, the fun began!

I know some people have such difficult relationships within their families. I truly am blessed, and grateful, to have amazing family members. We enjoy spending time together, look forward to visits, support and encourage each other. We gather often, celebrate life, grieve together.

This afternoon my sister Debbie and nieces Ashley and Nicole arrived in the big blue pickup truck, bringing furniture for my other sister Linda, and a new friend! Craig and Debbie have been friends for years, having met online. They got the opportunity to meet in person for the first time Thursday. Craig and I have exchanged a couple of emails, so it was great to put a face with a name, and meet him too! He easily fit within our fun-loving, chatty group.

Mom joined us, and another new friend, Paula. I met Paula earlier this year, when I taught a blogging class. We are kindred souls. Paula is very intuitive and spiritually aware, and she graced us with her presence and her gifts today. What a great afternoon of sharing about life and our journeys, learning more about ourselves and each other, and encouraging one another along the way. I experienced some “aha” moments that I’m still pondering.

Before the Oklahoma gang headed home, we shared an early dinner at El Vaquero on Main Street. Greg joined us there. Food and drink and conversation flowed, bringing an end to our afternoon together. I so appreciate the fellow travelers who dare to journey with me. It is so valuable to have companions to share with, to explore with, to expand my heart, soul and horizons with.

“I am on a journey – with my work, my explorations, and a few sad stories. I travel with a suitcase full of outrageous blessings. I am on a quest for truth, beauty, and quiet joy. I am an artist, a writer, an explorer.” – Anonymous
I add to that – I am on a journey with a band of like hearted souls, a fellowship of courageous men and women and bright-eyed children. I am so grateful.