So yesterdays post was a WHOPPER! But believe it or not, that wasn't the entire weekend. hahaha
Sunday morning I woke up with the beginnings of a migraine and so I stayed home with the kids (Dave had a second day of Breakfast with Santa). My mom came over so I could lay down, but we ended up reorganizing Legos, vacuuming behind furniture and sorting toys. ;)
I took a nap in the afternoon (amen!!!) and then it was time to get ready for our annual BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Christmas party.
Attempting to get dressed with this little girl is nearly impossible. She's a TOTAL mama's girl - and she wants to be on my lap ALL THE TIME. I promise we were both making kissy faces at one point, but she just looked so sweet in this one! :)
I was feeling TALL ;) hahaha I definitely don't wear heels as often as I used to, but black tights with wedges is one of my favorite looks. My parents watched out kids and my mom snapped this pic before we left.
My super fun skirt is from TaraLynn's and I LOVE it! I love the volume, the dots and the silhouette. Dave asked me if he missed the memo about it being a theme party, but he likes to razz me :) hahaha
Shay and Andrew graciously hosted and we had a wood-fired pizza oven in the driveway! It was awesome! Custom pizzas - perfection!!!
LOVE this girl and her heart for hospitality! I mean, who else would move out all their furniture, put a pizza oven in their driveway and invite 50+ people over?!?!
Grateful to call these girls my friends!!!
It was a great way to end the weekend - lots of eating, lots of girl talk and lots of laughing.
I feel like I should take a minute to talk about our BFG. A little over 9 years ago, Dave and I were newly married and attempting to get "plugged in" at Church and we visited a "young married" Sunday school class. We immediately felt welcome and connected and we settled in getting to know a new group of friends.
In April (we'd been married for about 4 months), Dave had a super dramatic medical event (that sounds lame, but I don't know what else to call it) - but basically, his co-workers found him unconscious and unresponsive at work. He was rushed to the hospital where they immediately started running tests, as they thought that he might have had a stroke. It was awful. I was making decisions for him and signing releases for spinal taps and other tests and I was overwhelmed and terrified. I remember sitting in the room while Dave was having a second CT Scan when the director of our BFG showed up. I have no clue how he even knew what had happened - but he was there. Over the course of the next several days (and weeks and really months) I learned firsthand how important being connected with a group like this was. It turns out that Dave had meningitis and thankfully he was fine, but having people jump into action for us (bringing us dinner, taking care of our dog, praying for us, etc.) was humbling and incredible.
Over the years, our BFG has grown from twenty somethings with no kids, to thirties with tons of them :) I've spent COUNTLESS Saturdays at baby showers...
And made DOZENS of meals for families with new babies.
We've volunteered together, prayed for each other and rocked each others babies to sleep.
And we've had so much fun!!!
And, as of late, it's been amazing watching our group RALLY around one of our own. I dropped off a meal at Manda's last night and as I opened the cooler to put it inside, I was brought to tears by the names and sweet messages written inside the lid. True, supportive, unconditional friendship is hard to come by and our family is immeasurably blessed by these friends!
I know this has been "sappy", but I REALLY want to encourage you - if you're not connected with a Sunday School class, start looking for one. It's hard to open up and friendships do require time and effort, but the support and community you get in return is invaluable. Okay, sermon over. hahaha
Have a FANTASTIC Day!!!