Hello. In the story below, the girl and her family moved from the Netherlands and now they live in Australia.
I don't understand the underlined part in this context.
Does it mean 'freidns like her father who always thinks of the good things?

Pappie brought me six yellow tulips. Mammie cried when she saw them because they made her think of home. He told her: 'In Holland I do know there is not today a tulip to be seen. But here, we have tulips in September! Pappie always thinks of the good things. He says that when I'm sixteen, we'll go back to The Netherlands to see our cousins. It would be nice to have friends like that.