Miles Can't Separate True Friends
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
"A good friend is cheaper than therapy."
"A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked."
I have made friends from all walks of my life - childhood, high school, college, post-college and everywhere in between. For me, true friendship should evolve naturally and organically - like we were always meant to be friends. My good friends - the ones that love me for me - are like family to me.
When I met Tamara for the first time in 2009, I instantly liked her - she was fun, sweet, kind and full of interesting life stories.
I wanted to get to know this gal so ... I invited her out to the farm to ride horses with me. She grew up on a ranch in Montana, so I knew she could ride, but just in case, I'd put her on my foolproof, never-fails, always-reliable 27 year-old horse - Jack. Well apparently, Jack was in test the rider's skills mode and tried incessantly (and unsuccessfully) to buck Tamara off.
Looking back it was pretty comical, he wouldn't move forward with throwing in a kick or two. What a stinker! Tamara was a trooper though and we just totally laughed it off. From that point on, I knew this was a cool chicka and we were on the road to building a great friendship. We bonded then and there over my ornery, old horse who clearly was having an off day.
That following January, my beloved (and often ornery) Jack got down in the stall, became sick and eventually we had to put him down. It was one of the most difficult times of my life, ever. I remember of all my friends, Tamara was one who contacted me personally. She understood the grief of losing a beloved pet that was more of a family member than a four-legged friend. It touched my heart. I mean I just met this girl a couple months earlier.
Over the next couple years, our friendship evolved and even though many times distance divided us - we always knew we could count on each other to be there for one another.
Sometimes, friends don't need to use words, just a look and they know - they understand exactly what you're going through without a word being spoken.
Tamara is that kind of friend.
So when she told me she was fulfilling her and her hubby's lifelong dream to go back to the ranch in Montana and farm full-time, I was both overcome with happiness and sadness. The selfish part of me was sad that my good friend would no longer be a short drive away, while the majority of my heart filled with joy and happiness for a friend who dreams were becoming a reality.
In just three weeks, my good friend would be packing up her Indiana life and returning to her Montana home. I wanted to do something special so with the help of a couple friends, I helped to throw a Hoosier hospitality kind of baby shower (yep, she is expecting a little buckaroo in May!) and going away party for Tamara and her hubs, Travis. I designated myself the official event photographer to capture all the wonderful memories made with her Hoosier friends!
|Happy Trails Travis and Tamara! My good friend Miss Liz at Two Maids a Milking made the beautiful cake and amazing cupcakes for the baby shower.|
|Opening gifts at the baby shower|
|Margaret, party host extraordinaire!|
|Yummy western-themed cupcakes filled with Bavarian chocolate creme.|
|Sweet Baby RayRay sure wasn't going to miss the festivities!|
|S'mores and bonfire!|
|Hoosier friends are for life!|
|Now there's two hot baby mommas right there!|
|Travis & Tamara (and baby!)|
Can't wait to come visit you and your growing family in Montana and ride horses again together. Hopefully, this time I won't get the ornery one!
If you'd like to follow Tamara and her adventures in motherhood and learn all about her Montana Homestead, I'd encourage you to check out her two newly-inspired blogs - Our Montana Homestead and License to Mother.