Tonight Husband, Ethan and I were out to dinner a town or two over from ours. We were sitting outside at a burger place, sharing a plate of sweet potato fries (because my diet is going so super).
As I dipped my fry in whatever that little taste of heaven dip they have there is, I heard someone say, "Hey, Sarah!" It was a new friend of mine, who happened to be walking by and recognized me sitting there with my family. We introduced our husbands to each other, made tentative plans for a play date next week and they went on their way.
Before we moved here, I lamented that I didn't want to go through the effort and expend the energy to make new friends yet again. That it was exhausting and took all the strength of my self-confidence to put myself out there. But you know what? Having someone recognize me, and call out to say "hi" to me and my family on a Saturday night in a crowd of people? That moment made it all worth it. I will continue to take deep breaths and put myself out there and quilt together a patchwork of community.