26 + 27 Weeks

Between these two photos I think we got everyone
Between these two photos I think we got everyone

I had to do a combo because my 26th week was my birthday weekend and it turned into the best weekend ever, so I didn’t have time to blog about being pregnant. 🙂  This post is less about being pregnant because I’m bored of that, and more about how amazing my friends are.

The weekend was amazing, I was able to spend 2 days with all of my best friends from near and far. I had so many different groups all in the same room and it hasn’t happened since my wedding. The only word I could use to describe how it felt is overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed with love and joy and blessing and so incredibly honored to have been chosen by such strong and admirable women to be their friend.

I feel like I kept it together pretty well for most of the weekend, but we did have a dinner and they made me an amazing birthday cake and I sobbed as I tried to communicate how much I loved each and every one of them. Some of these women have been in my life for 18 years and the rest nearly 10, and I was just so absolutely overwhelmed ( Is there another word for this?! Webster, Urban Dictionary, someone?!?!) by all of them taking the time and making the effort to spend the weekend with me. Life is hard, and busy, and everyone has things to do. Taking the time away to simply spend a few days with me has me overflowing with gratefulness.

Life is really this crazy trip. Probably since I’m old now I spend more time reflecting, but there are so many moments that you really don’t find significant until 10 years later when you’re sitting around a fire pit with your very best friends and laughing so hard you’re crying and you almost pee your pants. And not just because you’re pregnant, everyone was laughing that hard. All of these women have all been vital to me in different parts of my life and when I  think back on my 30 years I can see it as a tapestry of sorts, with each of these relationships weaving together to form this amazing and incredible story.

love
love

In every memory, I see these smiling gorgeous faces who have all been a part of my journey. I’ve quite literally grown up with these girls, transitioned from a little girl to an adult, with graduations and boys and drinks and parties and weddings and houses and funerals and babies all wrapped up in between.  When I think back on my favorite memories and my worst days ever, these women have seen me through it all. Laughed with me, cried with me, been honest and told me when I was an idiot, and loved me through all of it just the same.  It is not lost on me how blessed I am and what a gift it is to have so many of these kind of women. Good friends don’t always grow together, and I have come to see that it is actually rare,  and I was just stunned by the number of girls sitting around the table who chose to grow with me. We’re not all the same, we are all very different and in different stages of life, but I feel like a part of my heart is knit to each and every one of them. I could not thank them enough for how special they made my 30th birthday. There are no words. Just more tears and more emotion than I know how to express.  I love you all so much and I can’t wait to celebrate more often.

So thank you. Thank you Marisa, Michelle, Sandy, Claire, Jillian, Nicole, Toni, Sarah, Heather and Monique. You girls are the absolute best, and I can’t wait to enjoy another 30 years with you. 🙂

 

xoxo,

 

jess

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