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Thursday, November 29, 2012

gratitude: milwaukee friends

When Paul and I moved to Milwaukee, we knew two people.  Two (2).  We had moved away from all of our family and close friends to start a new adventure.  That first year in Milwaukee had some challenging, lonely moments, but we survived thanks in large part to the good friends we made.  We met Greg and Mary through the Former Jesuit Volunteer Corps listserve (thanks technology!).  They had both just moved to Milwaukee too, were also engaged and planning their wedding, and even attended the same schools.  It was eerily similar and awesome.  They've been great friends to us over the past two years, and I don't know what we would have done without them.

We met our friend Mari through church, and she has also been a lifesaver over the past two years.  She's driven us to the airport, dog-sitted Pedro, made us lots of delicious dinners and mixed us lots of tasty drinks, hosted us for sleep-overs, counseled us when we've lost loved ones, supported us through tough times, and taught me about the best lipstick in the world.  

We've met lots of friends since that first year, and our Milwaukee family continues to grow.  We wouldn't have enjoyed our time here nearly as much without the friends who have made Milwaukee home. 

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