When we moved to Maryland I found it difficult to find friends. I was no longer in the working world (not that being a stay-at-home mum isn't full-on work), and because of Todd's new job, there wasn't a lot of inter-spousal happenings as well. Eventually a friend of mine suggested I look into joining a mum's club, which I did.
I found a playgroup with other children around Kasia's age and it was a very welcome time. At first there were about six of us in the group, and over the course of two years that number changed and people left or joined. Throughout that time there were two ladies that I got along famously well with - Donna and Phyllis. We were similar in many ways, and different in just as many ways. We shared many laughs, our worries, our woes and our stories. They were there with me through the 'difficult period' in my life and stuck by me with undaunting strength.
Phyllis ended up moving to Virginia when her husband got a teaching job over there and I managed to drive over to see her twice before I left to go to Texas. Leaving MD was difficult because I had to leave behind these lovely ladies as well as Debbie (my next friend page). But before I left I made them promise to keep in touch, and to this day that is done by means of a weekly phone call between the three of us. I can't tell you how much that has meant to me especially when Todd and I were separated for eight months - having them to talk to and vent to made everything so much easier and more bearable.
We are planning on meeting up in Vegas one of these days, but time will tell on that front. Until then I have my weekly conversations and it's just so nice hearing how their lives are going and being part of their lives still.