I had one of those weekends. The k(in)d that just absolutely blesses the deepest part of your soul.
Jen makes me laugh and I love hearing her honest heart. She loves the underdog. And it is super sweet.
Lisa is a giver. She (in)spires me to love people well and th(in)k before I speak.
Dawn is our resident profesh photographer and I absolutely love the pictures she takes. She hugs me tight every time. It speaks volumes.
I didn’t know Arianne before this weekend, but I’m glad I get to know her for the rest of my days. She’s awesome.
Rob(in) was one of my very first bloggy friends and I don’t regret that at all. She makes me want to be a better Annie.
You already know Sarah. Let’s just say hav(in)g a best friend that lives (in) Orange County is difficult. So being (in) the same house for three days was spectacular.
Emily. I don’t even know what to say. Simply this- we were born to be friends and I want to be (in) her space every day. It’s not possible, but a girl can dream. [Also, this is my FAVORITE weekend post so far- check out the pictures.]
Nester has my heart and I feel like she can see through my sk(in) straight to my secrets. And I actually like that. She’s a safe place for me.
So to sit with these twelve women for the entire weekend and hear their thoughts, hearts, and laughs, has really breathed new life (in)to me. I never realized when I accepted the offer to write for (in)courage that these girls would become more than co-writers. They are dear dear friends.
[L to R: Lisa, Robin, Jen, Hunchback of AnnieBlogs *shame*, Arianne, Dawn, Mary, Nester, Emily, Stephanie, Holley, Jessica, and Sarah. Picture by Dawn.]
We drove back last night. As we pulled (in)to Nashville, I got a text that my buddies here were at the park, hav(in)g a picnic. Mary and I hopped (in) my car and ran over. My friends yelled my name and hugs were passed all around and I smiled massively and even, at one po(in)t, I screamed, “MY HEART IS EXPLOD(IN)G!”
That’s how I felt- like after a weekend with these girls and a picnic full of my dearest Nash-family, I just can’t believe that this is my life.
Jesus loves me. This I know.
I am so (in)couraged.