Thank you for being a friend.

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  • home blogger Julie Blanner shares her home decorated for summer

    Two years ago, Chris and I relocated to my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Though I hadn’t lived in St. Louis for seventeen years, it always had a special place in my heart. I had so many fond childhood memories of times at Grant’s Farm, the zoo, Purina Farms, rolling down the river on a The President and Admiral, the Science Center and so much more. I love the family friendly culture of St. Louis and was elated when Chris asked if I wanted to move back.

    However, it wasn’t without mixed feelings. Between St. Louis and our former city of Kansas City, I had also lived in Springfield and Columbia. With each new city brought new friendships, but once again those friends would not be forgotten, but I was leaving them behind. Little did I know how difficult it would be to “start over” in my late 30’s.

    I am fortunate to have lifelong friends who remained in St. Louis, but seasons change. In your 30’s, your friends are less about who you are as a person and more about your children. Are your kids the same age? Gender? Do they get along? Perfect, then we can be friends. Playdates are just as much for moms as they are for your children. Not to mention that with each year, schedules grow busier.

    Once you’re past the showers, weddings, and baby showers, you’re onto school events where you just see other parents in passing. Getting to know a mom at a 45 minute school party while you’re trying to stuff turkeys with goldfish isn’t exactly easy.

    I’d be lying if I said that the past couple of years hasn’t come with challenges and making friends in a tight knit community has definitely been one of them. It gets a little lonely typing away during the day while others enjoy play and lunch dates.

    take a tour of Julie Blanner's home that celebrates everyday life

    I’m thankful for my family, my job and friends near and far, including you. I’m humbled that you visit regularly following our journey. Knowing that you’ll visit inspires me to share and sometimes even motivates me to get a project or two completed {which is one of my greatest weaknesses, though my strength seems to be starting them}. So thank you, for being a friend.

    I’m hoping 2017 is a little brighter. I’m looking forward to putting the finishing touches on a few projects, improving my photography, making over the guest bedroom and lots of boating this summer. And hopefully, I’ll make a few new great friends along the way. Anyways, I just wanted to say thanks. You mean more to me than you know. Every comment, email, thumbs up, I love it all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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