Over two years ago, and I don't even remember who found who first, but I somehow was graced with Amanda in my life. This woman shows unconditional love and support to so many, and she's gotten me through some tough moments. Her texts, emails and comments over the years have meant the world to me. I'm so, so lucky to call her my friend.
And now...she's a friend I've officially met in person!!
About a month ago, I came across an awesome sale on Southwest between Indianapolis and Atlanta. With what's to come for me with the twins and then hopefully this third little one, I'm guessing my traveling days are going to come to a screeching halt. So how could I not immediately text her. I've been lucky enough in my job and with having family all over that I travel frequently which has given me an opportunity to meet fellow infertility bloggers. I love being able to take our online connection and build our friendships even deeper by connecting in person. But somehow, other than in layovers, my travels have never taken me close enough to visit Amanda. So the opportunity to meet her AND Garrison couldn't be passed by.
We settled on a weekend and plans were set in motion. I so wish I could have stayed longer, but as I mentioned before, it's been a hectic few months. So an amazing 24 hour trip it was!
Amanda, Sam and Garrison picked me up from the airport and we all went to dinner. Chicken and Waffles! Man, they know the way to this southern girls heart. We stayed up late chatting and the next day, Amanda, Garrison and I explored the University of Georgia campus. What a beautiful little college town Athens is! Had more delicious southern food, complete with sweet tea (a big favorite of mine) and just enjoyed finally getting to spend time together.
This guy...oh my gosh...it was love at first sight!
I dare anyone to resist that sweet smile. Can't be done.
If only the day could have lasted a wee bit longer, but I had to get back. I loved talking, walking and just enjoying a lazy Saturday afternoon with them. Sam and Amanda are the absolute SWEETEST couple and I am forever grateful that they have little Garrison. What a truly special family they are.
I also was in North Carolina visiting my family this past weekend and even though I travel here often, I don't get a lot of time to see friends because my time is completely occupied by family. However, Kelly, who I've communicated with through email and Instagram lives there. It was a quick "before we head to the airport, we can grab a quick bite" kind of thing, but I'm still thankful to meet her and her husband. They were simply awesome and again, just reminds me how lucky I am to have made such amazing friends on this journey.