New Year, Old Friends

Peggy grew up in the Dallas area and I moved there when I was 15. We lived up there until 1995. We don’t talk much about living there since we left so long ago, but we have many close friends that still live in Dallas. One of the hidden blessings of Peggy’s frequent trips to Dallas to be with her mother is that we get to spend time with friends, too.

We have two sets of friends in Dallas that have been very meaningful in our lives. With one of the couples we have spent either New Years or Independence Day together for the past 25 years. With the other we spent Christmas Eve virtually every year we lived in Katy. This weekend we got to see them both.

JR and Sue have been friends of ours since our children were still babies. They have two sons that are a little younger than Mike, and no matter where we have lived William and David have been among Mike’s closest friends. This weekend David got married, so his wedding was the catalyst for our Dallas visit.

Scott and Amy returned to Dallas from Katy a couple of years ago. Peggy was actually in All-Region Band with both Scott and Amy during high school, but we didn’t really become friends until we all lived in Katy. Since we were all usually involved in the Christmas Eve services at church, we developed a tradition of having dinner together afterward. Scott and Amy have three daughters, the oldest of which is the same age as Mike, so we always have had much in common.

The rehearsal dinner was fun, the wedding was beautiful and it was a great day. Of course, you never get to spend enough time with the parents of the groom, but it was a wonderful time and we saw a lot of old friends.

Then we went and met Scott and Amy for drinks after the wedding celebration was over. It wasn’t Christmas Eve dinner but it was so great to see them and spend some time together.

The best thing about old friends is that when you get together you just pick back up where you left off the last time you saw them. It was a tremendous opportunity to spend some quality time with people we love. And we got to visit with Peggy’s Mom while we were in Dallas.

A great start to the new year.

It was a beautiful wedding, and we got to sit with great friends
Peggy and Sue. That’s JR eating in the background.
Hanging with Scott and Amy after the wedding. Always a great time!

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