For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you surely witnessed the greatest highlight of my week- Meeting my dearest most beloved blog friend of all time! Lizzi from Considerings, has made her way across the pond to set out on the adventure of her lifetime, meeting many loves she has connected with over the years on the World Wide Web. I was honored to be one of them. SO completely and utterly honored.
She is still on this glorious trip, visiting more and more other peeps across ‘Murica… Having the time of her LIFE!!
And while she travels and experiences all the feels in the reals, I thought I would celebrate our visit with the perfect Ten Things of Thankful post, capturing our moments together and memorializing such a blessed and wondrous time. It’s only fitting, I should focus solely on such a beautiful soul who has inspired us all to identify parts and pieces of our lives to be grateful for and claim them as our light in a world that can be dark. That has been her mission, and she has triumphed in her call.
May I begin my list with the most abundant blessing bestowed on me?
I am thankful for my precious, lovely Lizzi. I mean look at her! She was HERE!!!
<—-THIS is friendship at its finest. (There were lots of hugs and kisses involved.)
I am thankful that she dove right into our family life, as I schlepped her to swim practice, a football game, and back to practice as soon as her feet hit the ground here in Columbus. Bless her boots.
I am thankful for long walks in a beautiful park, with singing and chatting and smelling and eating of herbs. (She made me do it.)
I am thankful for a delicious lunch in the sunshine where time slowed to a lull and we embraced the moment together.
I am thankful for finding the PERFECT gift for my glitter-lovin’ friend…
I am thankful for the giggles and excitement in her American thrifting experience, as she surely found a few gems!
I am so incredibly thankful for the gift she gave my precious Cassidy- a bond that cannot be denied. Oh the love!
I am thankful for the spirit that soars upon tree tops matched with the desire to live fervently.
I am thankful for family dinners out at our favorite eatery with one extra member that surely belongs.
I am thankful for late night walks and an unexpected phone call from Kristi (Finding Ninee) that continued until the wee hours of the morning. Oh the joy in hearing her voice while sharing deep things and erupting laughter.
I am thankful for Lizzi’s new role as “Soccer Mom” at the first game of Cade’s soccer tournament. She blended in with the parents cheering on the players as if they were her own.
I am thankful for blog friends who travel to spend time with Lizzi and put up with my crazy on a long road trip! (Hey Scott, I’m from Chicago. Did you know that?)
I am thankful for hand offs that require me to meet new blog friends and embrace the beauty of connection.
Oh how I miss her already… I started to miss her by the time I got home from taking her to Indiana.
Kitty and Tigger forever.
And until she comes BACK- I won’t erase this love note she left me (Kitty) on my mirror. (See what I did there? My eyes match up, sort of!)
I leaf you, Lizzi.
“When I’m gone, when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my hair
You’re gonna miss me everywhere, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone…”