These are some of my dearest and best friends. I have been blessed enough to be in a small group with them for over three years now (along with all of our husbands). Our group has become a group of close friends and I am so grateful for each of these ladies. And it doesn't hurt that we have a blast together.
Jenny, Me, Amanda (8 mo preggo), Shannon, & Kristi
I met Jenny at Highpoint Church. She and her husband Kelley decided to join the small group that Jonnie and I were forming back in 2005. However, Jenny and I have known of each other for a long time. We used to play (very competetive :) church basketball in the same league together when we were in our early teens. She called me basketball barbie...but not to my face. The baby in the picture above that Kristi is holding is Jenny's 7 day old baby. That's Jenny for you - never going to miss a get together, even if she has just had a baby. She is the most laid-back, easy to be around, fun-loving, servant-hearted, peopley person friend a girl could ever have. She says just what she is thinking, so you always know where you stand with her. She really knows how to love her friends, AND how to have a good time. Everyone loves Jenny! (P.S. In the three years our small group has been meeting, Jenny & Kelley have had THREE kids!)
Amanda and I go way back...at least 11 years now. (Wow...that's a long time now that I think about it.) She and I were in the same college group together at Bartlett Baptist church back in the day. I remember when she and her boyfriend Ben (now hubby) joined our college group. I was so drawn to her friendliness and sense of humor. She is one of those people that everyone just loves because she is so sincere. Amanda never seems in a rush if you are talking to her, but acts as though you are the only thing going on in her life. She is always an excellent listener and when you're hurting, Amanda's hurting. She is the kind of friend you always want around. She and Ben have two little boys and a baby girl due on September 17th.
Shannon...ahh Shannon. Shannon and I worked together at Highpoint Church for two years...and when I say together, I mean very close together. Our cubicles were about 5 feet away from each other so we looked at each other all the live long day, every day. We figured out that she and I spent more time together than we did with our husbands. If you want to accelerate a friendship, sit next to someone for 9 hours a day, four days a week. That'll do it. It was a sad day when Shan told me that she was going to leave her job to become a full-time mommy. (Sad for me, happy for her!) She and her husband Heath decided to join our small group and Shan and I were reunited! Shannon got me through many a lonnnng day at the office - laughing, talking, snacking, and just having fun together! Shannon and Heath have 2 little boys. Shan has been a good friend for over five years now! Time flies!
Kristi. I am forever indebted to Kristi. She introduced me to Jonathan. Without Kristi, I would not have Jonnie, nor would I have Ella Rose! She was good friends with Jonathan before we met. She and I became great friends and then she introduced me to the Jonnie-Cakes. Let me tell you about Kristi...everyone needs a Kristi in her life. Kristi will say exactly what is on her mind, whether it's appropriate or not. You can always expect to laugh when she is around because you never know what's going to pop out of her mouth. Kristi is a dedicated friend, concerned about all the matters of her friends' lives. She will care for you, talk you through anything, and help you figure out any problem with which you are struggling. Kristi and I walked through our first pregnancies together (her Ava is 3 weeks younger than Ella Rose). She and I now spend hours on the phone every week trying to figure out how to raise a baby girl in the "right" way. Kristi is married to Ryan, and they, like Jonnie and me, hope to have lots of kids someday. I can't beleive Kristi has been a dear friend for over 6 years!
This is a picture from Christmas '07, when all 5 of us were pregnant at the same time! (Amanda and Jenny didn't know it yet, though!) P.S. - Do NOT judge me for having a big 'ole swoll up pregnancy nose!
Our (goofy) husbands...
Ben, Ryan, Jonnie (dressed up as Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation), Heath, & Kelley
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
My niece, Molly, is quite a (beautiful) little handful. She 2 years, 1o months and 24 days old, and is quite a little princess. But I'll tell you one thing, that girl is great for a laugh. She keeps me rolling.
As to avoid lots of unnecessary trouble, Melissa let her play at my house this morning instead of taking her along to the grocery store. So we're sitting on the couch talking about Tom & Jerry, laughing at their silliness, then all of the sudden she looks me - dead in the eye - gets a serious, concerned look on her face and says, "Memy, ur hayoh look funny". (translated: Your hair looks funny.) Diva.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Last week, my bff Jessica was in town for the week. She and I had one big slumber party for 8 nights. It was a great time, as usual. She is quite a low-maintenance house guest, so it wasn't at all like a guest was in our house...more like a sister. We stayed up until 1 or 2 a.m. every night, chatting, laughing, (eating toasted dough & icy milk) and watching QVC bloopers on youtube (#1 favorite and #2 favorite - both get funnier every time you watch them!). Felt like I was in college again...only now I have to get up every morning at 7 a.m. to take care of my chubby baby.
ER loves her auntie Jess...
After Jess left on Sunday morn, I caught up on my sleep...because I quickly realized - I can't handle the late nights like I could in college. I was hurting by day 5. Jess worked her buns off on her photography while in town - 9 sessions will do that to a gal - but we still got in plenty of girl time - - thanks to a baby who goes to bed at 7PM and a husband who isn't the least bit interested in hanging out with two loud mouth females.
It was a good time...can't wait to do it again!
ER loves her auntie Jess...
...as well as the rest of her crazy cousins. Jess had a hard time getting ready in the morn due to the large number of children staring at her.
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