That was the hashtag for the flood of pictures that hit instagram during my girls' weekend to Portland.
Yes, Portland. My first time back there since the big move in March.
It was absolutely wonderful!
Love these girls. So so much.
I think we all needed and appreciated this weekend for different reasons. And we all left with our buckets full.
I loved having good conversations -- from the little details of life to the deeper stuff. Most of my conversations the past 9 months have consisted of small talk -- which is what naturally happens when you're meeting new people. But, it just gets tiring after a little while. I felt buoyed up in our sharing.
I loved being in a familiar place, with familiar friends (the kind that notice when you get your hair cut!), and feeling like I fit in. Everything is easy and good and flows naturally.
We can have fun on a night on the town . . . .
And just as much (or more) fun cozying up in our jammies.
Paige shared this quote a few weeks before our reunion and I think it is perfect:
In Friendship…we think we have chosen our peer. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting—any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances.
A secret Master of Ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,’ can truly say to every group of Christian friends ‘You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.’ The Friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of others."
--C.S. LewisAnd what beautiful friends I am blessed to have.