Monday, April 28, 2008

Girls Just want to have Fun

I have had such a fun friend filled day!!!

First I had lunch with three sweet girls from church at Granite City Grill (can I just say YUM!)

This is Maegan and Jenna - aren't they beautiful? Jenna is a new blogger - go say hi!
This is me and sweet Rachel. Rachel is one of the most precious people I have ever met. She has been such an encouragement to me. She just has such a big heart. Rachel and Maegan's husbands are both on staff at our church and our church is so lucky to have them.
L to R: Me, Rebekah, Katie, Hillary, Laurie and Emily (in front)
(and yes - we all 5 have blogs!)(yeay!)

Tonight I met up with some old friends for dinner at Marketplace. It was great to catch up with friends I don't see very often. My friend Rebekah is moving to Waco, TX next week. Her husband got a job working in Baylor's athletic department. He moved in February and she is just now following him. Laurie and I were living together about 7 summers ago when Rebekah, Katie and Hillary all lived together that summer and were still in school at the U of A. We met them through our church because Laurie and I were leading a Bible study for college girls. We hung out with them a lot that summer and they became good friends. Laurie and I had the honor of being honor attendants at Rebekah's wedding, we got to attend Katie's wedding and this summer we will be bridesmaids in Hillary's wedding. We don't see Rebekah or Katie often but I just love them.
Hillary and Laurie
Rebekah and Katie - Katie has the CUTEST little girl who is going to be one soon
Me and Rebekah

I hope you treasure your girl friends. I am sooooooooo thankful for all the wonderful girlfriends God has placed in my life. I had a sweet lady e-mail me today who reads my blog. She moved to a foreign country with her husband recently and really has no friends. I can't imagine how hard that would be. I have thought about her a lot today.
I hope if you have friends that you will pray for them. Encourage them. Offer to babysit their children. E-mail them. Call them. Invite them to lunch. Ask them how they are doing and mean it. Send them a card just because.
I'm telling myself this as much as I'm saying it to you. I just think we take for granted what a blessing it is to have friends.


Jenna said...

We must have esp! We were posting the same things! =)

Flo and Grace said...

Your friends are beautiful! You should mention to your friend, Rebekah, who's moving to Waco, that they should visit Highland Baptist Church. My sister lives in Waco and it's very active and has an amazing, inspiring worship service!

Meredith said...

You are so lucky to have so many girl nights/lunches. And so many wonderful friends, in general. I believe that says a lot about what kind of friend YOU are too! :)

Amy said...

What a wonderful reminder about keeping our friends close!

Heather said...

Amen. I was just thinking about this same thing this morning. If we're not intentional about maintaining and growing friendships, it is so easy for "life" to get in the way. You are so right, friends are a blessing!!

The Garners said...

I agree--friends are one of God's sweetest gifts!

Natasha said...

Hi Kelly,
Thank you for such a wonderful post! I have been so wrapped up with work for the past couple of months, that I have not had much time for anything else. Since I started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago, I have met two friends for lunch who I had not seen in a long time, took a meal to a friend who was going through a hard time, and started walking with a neighbor (who is becoming a good friend) every weeknight.

On another note, I have also cleaned out and reorganized my closet. I bought some new clothes and even found two really cute shirts from Walmart for $9 and $12. I hadn't looked in the clothes section there in years.

Thanks for the inspiration Kelly! I have continued to keep you in my prayers.

Candy said...

What a great reminder to stay close to our friends! God has placed them in our lives for a reason and we are responsible for maintaining that relationship. I love how you are always meeting your friends for lunch! Thanks for always sharing such encouraging advice. :) Hope you have a great day!

Hillary said...

I had such a good time last night too! Although I looked a little rough! I still had chlorine in my hair from H2) Mixer! :)
Thanks for being a wonderful friend!!!!!!!

Caroline said...

oooooooooooooooooo it looks like you had a great time. i love food. i love friends. and i LOVE LOVE LOVE FOOD AND FRIENDS TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!

The Proctors said...

Friends are wonderful! They are always there for you when you need them! Reading about all the different lunches that you go out with friends and girl nights has truly encouraged me and my girlfriends to do more things! I only wish that I lived closer so that I could get to know you better!

Also...wanted to say that I'm extremely jealous that you are going to Hawaii in a little over a week!

Jenna said...

What a fun day! Your friends are all precious.

And that is so true what you said about friends! I can't imagine not having people to share life with. They really are some of the very greatest blessings, and it is so important to thank God and THEM as much as we can!

In fact, I think I am gonna go thank one of mine over a Mexican lunch in a little bit :) Nothing like chips and salsa to let a girl know you care. ;)

hayden said...

Right you are!!! Friends are very important. Your friends and you are way cute :) Thanks for sharing!!!

Leigh Ann said...

I'm glad you are my friend! :)

Megan L Hutchings said...

Amen Kelly! I absolutely adore my friends...espcially Meag & La! I hope they know how much I cherish their friendships. It sounds like you had a GREAT time!

Anonymous said...

God is so good to bless you with such awesome kids.
We were just talking lastnight about how God calls us to Love like Jesus did. And man, that's hard for me. Not because I'm a mean, nasty person. Just because it does take so much time and energy into nurturing relationships. It's deff. something I've been feeling convicted about.

Thanks for the reminder!

Lindsey said...

Friends ARE vitally important, aren't they?