The Lord has surrounded me with such a great cloud of witnesses. Female relationships that can be counted on for serious matters or just a night of snuggling under a blanket to watch a chick flick or sending me a text just to make me laugh. Last night we all came together and it was perfect. The beauty of it, almost all of these women are within my own family. Such. A. Gift.
|Juliana picked these out for me|
|Just two girls in their footie jammies|
|No underage drinking took place, Brittany had sparkling juice in her cup :)|
I wish I had taken more pictures. I wish I had thought to snap a shot of bodies strewn in my living room. Cuddled on couches, propped on pillows and snuggling my Sammy. Regardless it happened. We feasted on homemade soups, salad and fresh bread. We indulged on sweets and sipped hot cocoa and wine. We laughed over stories and watched a chick flick (highly recommend The Proposal). I believe it was decided that this needs to become a quarterly event.
The icing on the cake?? My sweet Brittany who is more like a sister to me than a cousin spent the night so that in the morning she could stay with the kids while I went to get a pedicure. LOVE Brittany.
Today is the 15th anniversary of my grandma's death. She is the one who taught us all the importance of family and spending time together. Quality time. The memories of her that I hold closest are the sleepovers, going for walks, taking me to church, the soft skin of her arms, her laugh, her holiday sweatshirts, our trip to Missouri, her pink windbreaker, her love for Jesus. She taught us. Taught us to love Jesus, to be kind, to listen, to help others, to value quality time with family and dear friends. Her teaching wasn't with words it was with actions. She was at sporting events, dance recitals and school performances. I can't hold the tears back when I think about how much she would have loved Drake and our children. I miss her, we all do, but I believe it's because of her that we all still gather.
One of the other bonuses of hosting...left overs. Breakfast and lunch so far have been taken care of.
Just for fun...a little sister bath time love.
And pink glittery toes...
Thank you all who joined last night. I love you all. Have a great rest of the weekend!!