After we had our first daughter, I went through a season of loneliness as I’ve found many new moms do. My social circle decreased pretty dramatically as my first concern switched to feedings and getting adequate sleep (which I think must be a myth – if anyone who has had a baby in the past year tells you they are well-rested, they are lying). Annaleigh was not exactly what you would call a “good sleeper” so even if I had time to initiate with friends, I was too tired. We found out we were pregnant with Viv right after Annaleigh’s first birthday and we were about to head out of town for 6 weeks with work. I hoped and prayed that in this short season when we were away from home and living in a hotel with morning sickness (aka all day nausea), there would at least be some other women I could connect with. I needed it desperately.
That summer turned out to be one of my absolute favorites. I am so grateful for the other families on the trip that summer. I got to hang out with the most awesome women who were in my life stage and we instantly clicked. It was exactly what my soul needed. When I think about that summer, the first thing that comes to my mind is how much I laughed! Not how nauseous I was, or how much work it was, but how much fun I had with these people and how much they blessed us. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Josh and Erin were a part of this group and we were so excited to see them and Harrison again this summer while we were both in Charleston. And we finally got to meet baby Allie! She was just as sweet in person as she looks in pictures. I wish we lived closer but long-distance friendships make me extra thankful for the times we do see each other. I insisted on taking pictures while I was there and I’m so glad we did!