We had our trip planned since early November.
It was simple: fly to Ohio to surprise Candis for her birthday.
Elizabeth deciding to join me was icing on the ole proverbial cake.
We got the okay from Candis' fella, Drew, bought our tickets and made a little video for Candis to watch on her actual birthday announcing that we'd be showing up on her doorstep in early February come hell or high water.
And that's how I found myself sitting on the much coveted loveseat in the Jones' beautiful Ohio home.
Greetings in chalk made me pinch myself. Is this for real?!
The handsome young men.
Catching up on life with my pal Westley.
Impressive pea eating skill.
Everett being adorable, per usual.
Black and White cookies, a fast-growing tradition.
I have beautiful friends, that's all there is to it.
It's true, Drew. Don't doubt it.
Sweet father and son.
A happy colored laundry basket of baby things.
When I planned this trip, I thought I was just doing it for Candis.
Don't get me wrong, I knew I'd love every second, but I had no idea then just how badly I would need this trip, too.
I wanted to show my friends how loved and valued and important they are.
You know what they did? They showed me those same beautiful things in return.
We acted like girls and cried and laughed and ate chocolate.
It was all very needed and very good.
Thank goodness for the kindness of friends.
More Ohio pictures coming next week... that's what happens when you get a bunch of camera happy people together...
a shatload of pictures.
And now? Happy Weekending.