On Friday, the girls and I drove to Dallas for the purpose of meeting up with a group of bloggers from that area. What started out as an opportunity for me to spend some time with my best blogging friend, Jen, turned into a party with 17 fun women.
I didn't take a whole lot of pictures, but here are some of the girls whose blogs I follow everyday. My friendships with these women have gone beyond blogging, to routine e-mails and even a phone call or two of encouragement.
Here is me and Jen. Can I just say that I now love her like a sister. She is a sweet, sweet woman and I am so proud to call her my real life friend. (More on Jen in a minute.)
This is Jen, Stacy, Alicia and me. It was so great to hug these ladies, each one of whom has become an even dearer friend than I thought possible.
Me and Alicia. She is as real and down home in person as she is on her blog. She is very funny, and so incredibly sweet!
Me and Stacy. Oh how I love Stacy and after all we she has gone through this year it was so nice to be able to hug her and tell her how proud I am of her!
Here is a group picture of all who attended (minus a couple who had already left). I think it has been decided that these DFW bloggers will try to get together once a quarter. I hope to be able to make it once a year.
Then on Saturday, my girls and I spent the day with Jen and her three amazing kids. Kyndal and Jen's 12 year old daughter hit it off famously. We went shopping most of the day, and had lunch. Then that evening we went to Jen's house for dinner. The girls painted fingernails and hung out. At the end of the night they exchanged e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. It was so great to see their friendship bloom out of Jen and my friendship.
Brynne found a new best bud in Jen's 5 year old son. They had a blast together all day. And Jen's little 2 year old was so precious! She has a smile that melts you!
I cannot express enough how great it was to hang out with Jen and her family and to build on our friendship. Some may say our friendship was formed by chance, but I say our friendship is completely God.
Today the girls and I are going to finish our mini-vacation by doing some school shopping at Grapevine Mills. It has been a great weekend, very refreshing!