18 Years and Counting

This past weekend Seth and I got away to Fredricksburg (sans kids!) with some of my dearest friends and their husbands.  We realized that we have been friends for 18 years.  It just blows me away.  Never in a million years could I have guessed how these girls and their families would bless my life.  Many of you know how wonderful friends just become your family and that’s exactly how they are.  I would do anything for them and them for me.  God carefully orchestrated this friendship and for that, I am forever grateful.

IMG_4597 This is the first “reunion” trip where we have included the men.  They may have whined and complained a little about not getting any say in what we did but they secretly loved it.  I love how our husbands are all friends and get along great!  They really had no other choice.

(Ben, Britt, JC, and Seth)

IMG_4604 Dabney, Susan, Paula, and Me

We all went to different schools, participated in different activities, and are at different stages in life.  God is the one constant in our friendship and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of good friends.  I talk to at least one of these girls every single day.  I pray over and over that my boys will have close friends like these!

IMG_4610 Paulice and me (the nicknames are awful)

IMG_4611Me and Suzbabe

IMG_4612Me and Dabs

IMG_4616 We stayed at the cutest bed and breakfast and ate, shopped, and toured a couple of wineries on Saturday.

IMG_4629 Love doing life with him!

IMG_4630At the Grape Creek winery we got to tour the wine cellar and see how it is made.  It was really interesting and I realized a lot more goes into wine than just stomping grapes!  Wine isn’t my favorite thing in the world but it was neat to taste the different kinds.  I was actually pretty into the chocolate used to clean your palette. Pretty sure that’s not what we paid for though.

IMG_4637 Love the beautiful hill country

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The Sensats, Anderles, Bayles, and Fletchers

We had a great time, great conversation, and great company.  I hope we will still be doing these trips in 20 more years!

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother

Proverbs 18:24

And PS, this trip would not have been possible without my wonderful mom!  She came and stayed with the boys for the weekend while we were gone.  I’m pretty sure they had a great time and thoroughly wore each other out.  Jake has already been asking why I can’t take him to the store to get a new toy like Nana did.

Well if I’m not the meanest mom ever!

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