What is friendship? I can tell you this my groupmy girlswere found in an unexpected place, in an unexpected way, in an unexpected time. We are part of an all-girls small rural vet clinic. We fight like sisters sometimes (OK a lot of the time), are friends, and have become family. 

RELATED: Dear Old, Work Friends: I Miss You

The saying goes that coworkers sometimes know us better than our own families. We spend every day together, we know how hard and challenging a day in our lives are because we’ve lived it too, and in our field, we literally have each other’s backs when it comes to aggressive dogs or feral cats.

I’ve never seen a more unique, diverse, funny group of girls, and I love them all. 

The pandemic has torn a lot of people apartdestroyed, hardened, and hurt many thingsbut for us, it has brought us closer together. Our team has bonded as we faced this head-on, together, and has made us nothing but stronger. 

As a group, we’ve faced everythingdivorce, miscarriages, death, birth, health problems, and COVID.

We’ve seen the good and the bad, and it’s the harder moments of life, seen and shared, that define true friendship. 

Brunches, lunches, girls’ nights, shoulders to cry on, long drives, long hikes, ice cream, and Doritos, just a listening ear and a hug are where support and love is found.

RELATED: Growing Up in the ’80s Taught Me All I Need To Know About Friendship

I hope, reader, that you are as lucky as I am to have camaraderie, and if not, I hope one day you will. One day we may not be all together, but our friendship will live on, and so will our laughter and all the four-legged lives we’ve touched together as a team. 

So God Made a Mother book by Leslie Means

If you liked this, you'll love our book, SO GOD MADE A MOTHER available now!

Order Now

Check out our new Keepsake Companion Journal that pairs with our So God Made a Mother book!

Order Now
So God Made a Mother's Story Keepsake Journal

Angel Baker

My name is Angel Baker, I live with my family in the rural countryside of Maryland and love animals, reading, and writing. 

Farmers Show Us How To Love Your Neighbor Well

In: Living
Tractor with American flag between bales, color photo

Just a few miles down the road from our farm is a dairy farm. Just like us, they sell beef. And just like us, the kids of the farm spend many sweltering summer hours picking sweet corn to sell to our local community. You’d think we might be in direct competition with one another. In fact, at one point the community thought we were feuding because we had differing political signs at the end of our driveways. We all laughed as our two-red-light town wrongly speculated. We had no squabble with one another. Politics isn’t worth dividing our friendship and...

Keep Reading

I’m Thankful For My Every Day Friend

In: Friendship, Living, Motherhood
Two women smiling, holding coffee cups, color photo

She’s my every day friend. We tell each other enough to know exactly what the other is doing each day. We talk throughout the day, every day. We share what we are making for dinner. How the kids are being. If we worked out or not. RELATED: You Just Need One Friend How work is going. How we are getting along with our husbands. What happened at our doctor appointments. We know the names of one another’s neighbors and friends even though we don’t know them in real life. There’s never any catching up because we both know everything going...

Keep Reading

We All Need Friends Who Just Get It

In: Friendship, Motherhood
Mothers with young babies

We all want people in our lives who just get it. The ones who get our weirdness, hobbies, and quirks. Our challenges and joys. They get us. They’re our people.  When you become a parent, the people who get it are usually other parents. I didn’t know this as a new parent, but I quickly realized it when my husband and I were at our friends’ one-bedroom apartment for dinner. I ended up awkwardly sitting on the floor in the hallway (the only private space I could find) trying to breastfeed my 6-week-old daughter. That’s when it hit me: My...

Keep Reading