Thursday, May 16, 2013

True Friends

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”  Tim Cahill

Living on a tropical island where most come to escape the real world, makes it difficult to meet true friends who are uplifting, intelligent and are supportive of  your goals and aspirations.  
This has been a huge challenge for Jake and I while living on St. Thomas. 
We enjoy a good time, but our idea of a good time is a bit different from others.  Until now.  We have met two of the most amazing people on this planet.  We met them a while back, but just recently started spending time hanging out.  These two are passionate about the environment, making a difference, furthering their education and achieving their goals.  We said goodbye to them yesterday as they departed the island to move on to bigger and better things.  We are sad to see them leave, knowing that we still have a few more months here, but we are happy for them as they go on to experience life to its fullest. 
We are thankful for all the fun games of FARKLE, the late nights of laughing, snorkeling for hours, and nerd-ing out with fish identification etc.  
Having these friends with goals and dreams really keeps us focused on a bright future.  Traveling and living in the places we do really helps us to appreciate these qualities. 
So to the friends who we still keep in touch with that have left the islands (you know who you are ;),  Thank you for making a difference in our lives, thank you for accepting us for who we are, celebrating successes and really being role models for living life to the fullest.  Now we are going to stay focused and hopefully we will be the ones departing for a new adventure soon. 

Chris and Abigail excited about our going away present for them!   FARKLE!!
                            Our going away present from them  Hopefully we will be meeting you in French Polynesia soon. ;)
The back of the puzzle with a sweet note to us.  Loved it!
 What are some of the qualities you are thankful for in a friend? 

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