ENJOY Friendship

Are you ready for your first #ETHANproject Challenge?  We sure are!  This week we are focusing on friendship.

Friendship is such an important aspect of healthy living.  As a young mom, making and keeping friends isn’t the easiest thing to do.  Sometimes it is uncomfortable to put yourself out there and invite someone to spend time with you and your (rambunctious) kids! But it is well worth the effort.

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By: Sarah Koontz

I remember my first summer with 2 kids under the age of 2.  I was determined to get out of the house and have some fun, but I didn’t think to invite others to join us.  It was a lonely summer, one I will never repeat.

The next year, I determined that we would never go to a park or local attraction without inviting another mom to join us.  This one decision has changed absolutely everything for me. I hope this week’s #ETHANproject challenge inspires you to do the same.

This week your challenge is to rekindle an old friendship or make a new one.  Here are the details:

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It is entirely up to you how you choose to complete the challenge.  It is our hope that each challenge inspires your creativity and we can’t wait to hear how you choose to tackle this one.  

Sammi & Sarah’s Challenge 1 Story

Friendship is super important to Sammi & me.  Teaching our eldest daughters how to be good friends has been a priority to us this past year.  They are both in 1st grade and let’s be honest….the girl drama has already begun.

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We thought an excellent way to accomplish this challenge would be to set up a park play-date with our children’s classmates.  In case you were wondering, YES our daughters go to the same school and YES they are in the same grade.  We are truly blessed!

We had so much fun mingling with the other moms, we have decided to make this park date a weekly thing all summer long.  We are excited to get to know the other moms better and to watch the relationships blossom between the children.  Many of the younger siblings are also in the same grades, so there is fun to be had by all!

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Put something on the calendar and stick to it, no matter how busy you seem to be! Jennifer from “The Intentional Mom

How are you going to tackle Challenge #1?  If you need some more inspiration, be sure to check out our Grounded & Surrounded #ETHANproject Link-Up and don’t forget to join our Facebook Group.

We’ve also created a #ETHANproject Summer Fun Board on Pinterest, so be sure to follow us there to get a steady stream of pinspiration all summer long!

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We’d love to hear all of your #ETHANproject stories.  Feel free to leave a comment here or share your stories publically on social media with the #ETHANproject so we can cheer you on all summer long.

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About Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz is a freelance writer and regular contributor at Grounded & Surrounded. If you are interested in growing your faith, nourishing your family life, and discovering the beauty of God's design, be sure to follow her personal blog at SarahKoontz.com. When Sarah is not writing, you are likely to find her covered in dirt, sitting in the middle of her garden, adoring her beautiful flock of backyard chickens. She is eternally grateful for her husband and two little girls, and revels in their simple, uncluttered life. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

13 thoughts on “ENJOY Friendship

  1. It is always fun to have friends stay together and kids of same age. I envy you. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  2. I am so jealous that you and your bestie have kids the same age, live so close and they are friends as well! How wonderful for you! And how great to invite the other classmates and moms into your circle! What a blessing!

  3. Wish I was close enough to meet up with you ladies!!! I spent last night completing challenge #1 – spending time with my ‘home gal’! 😉 Can’t wait to post about it! Loving this project already!

    1. Just read your Friendship Post. Loved it! Didn’t comment, but set it up to be shared in the #ETHANproject Facebook group later this week. We wish you were closer too. Look forward to “meeting” you someday in person….it’s gonna happen!

  4. Hi there! Just popping by from the #ETHANproject link up. I love this idea and I love that its becoming a weekly thing! You never know who else is feeling lonely too. I think a lot of times people want to get together, but they’re not the activators and don’t know how/aren’t able to organize something, but are happy to participate if someone else does it (ahem…I’m referring to myself).

  5. How awesome that your live close to your bestie and have kids the same age. My best friend is about 45 minutes away, but with kids, it feels like she’s on the other side of the world! And girl drama, I’m not looking forward to that, but I love that you’ve seen that issue and are working on it so they can grow to be good friends 🙂

    1. It is so nice to have friends located nearby, it does make connecting easier. It is amazing how just a little distance can complicate things! The girl drama is inevitable it seems. But we are doing our best!

  6. It caught us off guard this year. But we are glad it started so young because we have been forced to step up and be more proactive about teaching our girls how to be good friends.

  7. That is so great that you have a bestie so close by with a daughter the same age. I think the best part is that you realize you struck gold in the friendship department and you really value it now. I can’t wait to hear what kind of drama 1st grade girls can have – my 3 year old has already told me about a girl in daycare she doesn’t like. She is only 3!!

    1. It caught us off guard this year. But we are glad it started so young because we have been forced to step up and be more proactive about teaching our girls how to be good friends.

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