For the second half of spring break I boarded a plane with my two oldest babes and headed to AZ to see some of our best friends from the days we lived there.
We didn't waste a lot of time and got these cute buddies out on a hike to overlook all of Phoenix. I have really missed The Valley of the Sun!
The rest of the week involved a lot of staying up late, brave girls jumping in the cold pool, bike rides to froyo, splash pads, milkshakes, bowling, movies, shopping, and all out girl-fun.
E and I decided many years ago that the Robertsons are a family to invest in. We value their friendship so much and we adore their children. They are the only people (besides family) that we have agreed sleep-overs are acceptable with.
Jordan and I comment often about how we don't have a lot of pictures together for how much time we have spent together. We remedied that this trip with a few gems like this one! I absolutely love Jordan. Our friendship started with someone meeting me at church 6 years ago and after learning I had 2 little girls and was pregnant with my 3rd baby they told me I needed to meet Jordan. And they were right - I needed this girl! We needed each other. With husbands working long hours, no family nearby, and tiny girls at home we leaned on each other just as sister's would for a couple of years. We shuffled little girls around, shared recipes, held each other's babies, worked on project's to keep ourselves sane in the AZ heat, served together and built a friendship that has lasted both time and distance.
18 months ago Jake was diagnosed with a glioblastoma - basically a not-so-nice tumor in his brain that is very tricky, aggressive and terminal. They have been through the ringer with this glio and I have ached with and for them at every turn. It was a blessing to me to be in their home at spring break during this time. I loved learning from them and doing what I could to serve them. I adored going to dinner with them and seeing them laugh and smile amidst the elephant in the room. I love that they did not shy away from the hard questions or topics and that they were so willing to share with me their fears, hopes, and the massive amounts of knowledge they have gained through cancer. I appreciated Jake's drive for wellness and Jordan's tender care for him and their sweet children.
At the end of the week we left feeling so full. My girls reunited with their best friends and I having learned so much from Jake and Jordan about love, health, and service. I hope I always remember the way I felt in their home. It's hard to describe the warmth that was there. We get to see them again this month and the girls are already counting down the days.