When friends become family

4 Dec

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I am from a small family. One brother, my parents, a few uncle and aunts and some cousins. Through the years the family has grown to include my sister in law, nephew, niece and god children.

When I married into the Stone family, I was thrilled to have a even bigger family. I love every minute.

Being a expat you are away from your family and your celebrated events turn into you gathering with expat friends. Or a expat family really.

Friends turn into family. Because of my immediate family is small, we have always had close family friends and my girlfriends have always played an important part of my life.

This blog was inspired by my dear girlfriends Bec, Amanda and Vicki traveling from around the world to celebrate Christmas with us.

Friendship goes a lot deeper than just a girls coffee date, sharing fun time or simply hanging out. My girlfriends have done so much for me from staying with me in the hospital, to driving me to the hospital, to helping move the lawn, to being apart of our wedding, to being a friend who you can talk to anything about, to school friends who bring back memories of the school days. What ever it is they have been there for me and hubby and we are forever grateful.

Some friends you connect straight away, while other it take longer. Some friends you have from school, uni or childhood friends while other you met later in life. No matter when you met them each of them play an important role in your life. Each of them are family.

So a shout out to all of our friends around the world. You are more than friends you are family!

Great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.

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