Saturday, August 20, 2011
A Small Town Blessing
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this week, and since it fell on a weekday, we decided to keep it low key and take the family out for a burger and fries. We topped the evening off with a trip to my favorite place ...Dairy Queen!
We've only got one Dairy Queen in our town, and it's usually the hot spot for families. That night, we knew all of the folks that walked through the front door. The place was packed! We spent the evening chatting with friends from church, families we play sports with, and people we've known through my husband's job. After we were finished with our ice cream treats, we walked out the door and talked with even more friends in the parking lot. We really enjoyed the night, but I couldn't help but chuckle at the fact that I hardly got the opportunity to talk with my dinner date.
As we drove away, I had the sweetest epiphany. My husband and I have been so blessed throughout our entire marriage with a tremendous support system of friends and mentors. Some have woven in and out of our lives for a season, and others have been there through thick and thin. We have really bloomed in our little community. When we moved to this mountain as a young newly-wed couple, I didn't know a soul. Yet through the years, we've built an incredible network of relationships that we treasure. I love the fact that nowadays, where ever we go, we run into friends we know.
That's just one of the blessings of living in a small town.