Steppin’ Out With Mah Girls

Me: all Gap Outlet.  really.  head to toe.

Eddie: shirt-carters; pants- osh kosh

Today was needed.

Today I was restored as a girl.  As a friend.  As an individual.

And the ironic thing?  I so didn’t want to go.

This ridiculous depression that has taken over my brain had convinced me that I would not have fun, that it was going to suck away family time, that I would be miserable.

I am so SOO glad I did not give in to that.

This morning I got up on time (after a lovely Ambien-induced GOOD night’s sleep), showered, got dressed in something other than yoga pants and a hoodie, and headed out to meet my friend, Whitney.

Together, she and I traveled to Lansing to meet our other four girl friends with whom we went to college.

The six of us shared lettuce wraps and kid stories at PF Changs.

We laughed and reminisced about tattoos and living arrangements over manicures and pedicures.

We shared stories from the front lines of pregnancy and parenting while sipping coffees and munching cookies.

We realized that this summer will be the wrap up of two “rounds” of us each hosting an annual get together for us and our spouses/families. That means this is the TWELFTH year we have had a “reunion”.

We absorbed the fact that counting the two buns in the oven Erin and Tara are baking?  We will have 12 kids total between us making the kid to adult ratio equal this summer.

Today was lovely.

I laughed genuinely.

I shared freely.

I put away my misgivings (which proved to be futile and false).

I did become incredibly tired, but I was able to push through it instead of cripple under it.

Today I listened to my friends…instead of being too inside my own head.

And even though I am totally spent tonight?

I am happy.  I feel like a good friend.

And I have cute nails.

This post is part of Harper’s Happenings’ Steppin’ Out Saturday.

Thank you to Whitney, Tara, Erin, Kimmy, and Kristin for a wonderful, needed day.  This day came exactly when I needed it.  Your friendship is appreciated more than you can possibly know.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Good for you for pushing through! You probably needed it! Girlfriends, good girlfriends always do wonders for the soul. Take care of you!

  2. Oh how I long for those days but my friends have disbanded all over the United States so…boo. I checked into a flight to MT to see my very best friend and it’s like $900 – boo some more.

    Awesome that you have a group of friends to lift you up at just the right time.

    P.S. Love the new header.

  3. It is amazing what a little time with good friends can do for a person. Best cure for depression is just getting back out there and seeing people. I’m so glad you could have a day like that!

  4. Good for YOU! I would have been the same way, not wanting to go but then deciding to and being SO glad I did!

  5. Yay!!! Just what the doctor ordered! So glad that everything melted away. Friends rock don’t they?!

  6. So glad you went!! I have the horrible habit of convincing myself that “me” time is taking time away from my family and my duties at home. But I always feel better at everything when I’ve had some time away from it all! I’m a happier mom, a better wife, a better cook (OK, maybe not that)…but it’s so worth it. You just have to MAKE youself go!

    Yay for you! And I love those lettuce wraps…

  7. I’m so glad you enjoyed some YOU time! So glad!

  8. I am SO glad we could help you feel better, Kates. We all enjoyed the day and we all really need to get away like that. . . maybe on a more regular basis! I think that battling depression or not, mommies need that kind of friend time to rejuvinate. Hope you have a great week!

  9. I can completely relate, Katie.
    This is exactly the way I felt before I went away to Napa for the weekend. I was so torn up about it.
    But, when the weekend was over, I felt restored and my mommy reserves were renewed. I felt like a better mother and wife.
    I’m glad that you got out of the house and got to just be “Katie” for the day. You deserve that.