Before I forget--as I have said on some posts below, I am reading the book called "Living Simply" . I don't know how to underline on these posts and my spell check has quit working---alas that is a tragedy for me!!!!!!!! The author's blog is -- http://www.thesimplewife.typepad.com/ you can also see the link on my side bar.
The book is good---I just wish it had been a little more detailed on the specifics of simple living. But her blog will help.
Now, in her book, she admits she does not" love to eat lima beans or black-eyed peas"---horrors; I can not identify her as a southerner , now can I????
There is one quote I disagree with---------BUT let me just say for the record, that I have agreed with almost all of the book. ....Therefore I get to comment on something I don't quite agree with........Ha! She says, "As we get older, it seems that friendship naturally becomes simpler. I watch Audrey and the girls in my Brownie troop and the kids on the playground at lunch, and I smile at all the drama that goes on........" Now it is true, that we are more mature in our friendships than children, but I really don't think it becomes simpler/ just different!
I have found that as we get involved in husbands, and children and just everyday living it has taken much greater effort to form and keep friends. It takes time and time is sometimes hard to find.
The things I have found that have been an aid to me in this area are small Bible studies and accountablitiy groups. The latter has been so helpful in forming friendships and finding encouragement, yet I find I don't just hang out with my friends! I find I am getting together with others for study, encouragement, prayer....but not just for socialization. So here the book does give some good advice. She asks, "What kinds of friends do you want in your life?" After you figure that out then you need to be that kind of friend. ie If you want the kind of friend that writes real letters on stationery, than you do that. Do you want your friends to invite you to lunch? Then you do that....etc. So it is food for thought.