"We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbors."
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Back row: Lori, Carrie, Ronda, Millie, Natalie, Ellen, Jessica J. Bottom row: Me, Hailey, and Jessica W. And sadly, missing Mindy.)
Growing up in the bustling little town of Ivins brings back such good memories. Mostly because we lived in a pretty good neighborhood, but mostly because we had such good neighbors. The wonderful family (neighbors) living across the street from us known as the Johansens! The Johansens are the epitome of perfect neighbors (and perfect family - in my book). But, as life has continued on the children in both my family, and the Johansen family have grown up and moved on. However, that doesn't stop us from staying in touch. My Mother, and Johansens Mother both planned a time for us to all get together and "catch up." What a great time I had seeing almost all the Johansen girls, and of course eating.
There is just something about having great neighbors that makes for great experiences in my many moves in life. Every time I have moved, or lived some where different I have tried to be a good neighbor, and hoped for that good neighbor. I start by introducing myself, my Mother taught me to take food. Food always opens the doors to getting to know your neighbors, or anyone else for that matter. I remember numerous times the Johansen Family has taken care of my family, borrowed us many cups of sugar, eggs, etc., took care of our pets/plants when out of town, lent a many listening ears to our woes of life, know how to have a great time, and just set the perfect example of how to be righteous, happy, wonderful, and loving neighbors. I hope they never move away from "across the street" from my parents. It is always comforting coming home to visit and to know that we still have great neighbors across the street.