"Like Dandelion Dust" by Karen Kingsbury (a new author that I have been enjoying lately--she writes nice clean Christian books)
"A Thousand Tomorrows" by Karen Kingsbury (LOVED this book)
"The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks (I sat in the Portland Bus station bawling my eyes out at 6 am in the morning.)
The reason for the trip??? A day with three of my favorite people--Meta, Kimberly, and Amy. We've known each other for over twenty years (wow--that makes me feel old). The last few years we've been lucky enough to throw together several mini Girls' Trip to catch up on each other's lives and continue our childhood friendships. This year we were missing one of my favorite childhood friends, Heidi. I'm hoping that the next trip will bring us all together again.
Even though we are all spread out throughout the United States and I don't have regular time talking time with these wonderful women it only takes about three seconds to feel like we are back to our high school days hanging out with each other at a sleepover or church youth event.
What did we do with our precious hours together?...TALK. I found my comfy spot on the couch and relished catching up on each others lives. We threw in a bit of shopping and eating at our favorite spot--"American Dream Pizza" and "New Morning Bakery."
It all came to a close too quickly and we said our goodbyes after attending church at our hometown ward. Even though we have stayed connected through blogs, occasional phone calls, and a tad bit of facebooking you just can't beat sitting in the same room together, shedding a tear as we talk of life's struggles, rejoicing in each others families, and laughing about past memories. Ladies...you know I cherish each one of you and look forward to our next reunion!!!
I was double lucky by not only seeing some of my favorite women but also by sharing a day with my littlest sister, Laura and her husband Jared and my mom and dad. Though we didn't have a lot of time together I enjoyed each moment. I'm not sure if I have ever spent a day with just my mom and dad (especially as an adult). It's so fun seeing my mom and dad together as empty-nesters...enjoy the alone time and keeping their love strong. They each treat me and my family with such love and made me feel extra special while we were together. Laura married her sweetheart, Jared, not long ago and they are now expecting their first child. They are going to be awesome parents and I can't wait to meet their little one.
The weekend all came to a close so fast but I'm so thankful to have been able to have a "Mini-Me" trip reconnecting with those I love. Birch held down the fort with no trouble at all. I came home to a clean house, colorful flowers on the counter, and happy children (because they had been spoiled by their daddy all weekend). Go Greyhound!!