Like I've mentioned before, we have been lucky enough to make some amazing friends during our time here. It did take a while for me to make these connections, but once I finally did, I felt like the friendships developed quickly. These people quickly became friends that we really do consider family. When you live abroad, being able to share the whole expat experience is something that instantly bonds you with others. You just automatically have so much in common- your frustrations, your joys, your husband's crazy schedule, etc. You just "get" each other right off the bat. Not to mention that everyone is so far away from family and friends, that you come to rely on and support each other a lot more than you might in other situations. Because of this shared experience, I know that these are friends that I will stay in touch with for many years to come.
Last Saturday, some of these friends had a little going away party for David and I. It was so great to have everyone together. I mostly just pretended that it wasn't a going away party, so I wouldn't get overly emotional. We had such a great time that night just hanging out, drinking, and we even played Taboo later in the night, which was a blast.
|All the girls - Me, Nicole, Alexa & Sawyer, Jackie, Katie, Ann|
|Jackie surprised us with these adorable framed subway art photos with each of our last names and words that remind us of our time in Australia. Thanks, Jackie!|
|The couples: Nick & Katie, David & Me, Tim & Alexa, Jason & Jackie, Chris & Ann, Brad & Nicole|
Truly, if it wasn't for this group, I would be ready to leave Gladstone in a second. These friends have been such a support and blessing. I will miss them so very much. And I'm holding out hope that a few years down the line we will all end up in the same place for another work assignment for our husbands. One can hope, right?!