Friday, February 27, 2009

TN Tales

I have been thinking about this post all week and I am still not sure where to begin or what to share. My trip to TN started out as just a fun opportunity to meet two amazing ladies and to share a little life with them. It ended up being a spiritually refreshing and emotionally renewing retreat. I LOVED the Joyner family and what a tremendous blessing it was to meet Arthanise and hug her neck! I have two very dear new friends who impacted my life in an amazing way over a few short days.
Eleanor and I spent three fun-filled days gallivanting around TN with our new friends. We enjoyed some sweet time with Arthanise at one of my favorite places to eat - Cracker Barrel. It was an emotional meeting because there was a time when I thought I might never get to meet Arthanise. But God is so much bigger than cancer! E loves her some Aunt Arthy!
Jeanine and I talked and talked and talked some more. A mutual friend once commented that we were "two peas in a pod," and that statement could not have been any truer. I felt like I had just met my long lost sister! It was nice to talk face to face with a friend and not on the phone, facebook, or email. Sometimes we just need a friend with flesh and I was definitely in need of one!

E played with Jeanine's 4 kiddos and adored them. In the mornings when they would wake up and she could hear them she would start looking around our room saying "hoo, hoo, hoo" until I would take her downstairs.
Olivia and E
Avery, Davis and Donovan

Thanks Jeanine and Arthanise for welcoming us to TN and treating us like family! We love you!

2 comments:

Jeanine said...

Awwww! Reading that brought tears to my eyes! We miss you!
And thank you for your prayers today...God answered in a BIG way. I will have to fill you in soon. :) Love from TN!

JJ said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Jeanine and Arthanise are wonderful women whom I've been blessed with as friends. I'm glad we met and I hope you'll come back to visit soon and I'll get to say 'hello.' Hope you're staying warm!