Nashville Vacation

In case you were beginning to think that Emerson was the only person in our family, we wanted to remind you (and ourselves) that we are still alive and well and actually got away this weekend to spend some time together.  It was once again, time for an intern reunion for a wedding with some of my favorite people in my life.

We all still are amazed that 7 years later, we continue to get together every year and have the BEST time, and are certain that we are the only group of interns Windy Gap has ever seen come through that has bonded the way that we have.  Terry and I realized in the car on our drive home that just in our 4 years of marriage, including our wedding, we have gotten together seven times - from LA, NY, NC, SC, VA, GA all together with a whole lot of love - this time around, we were short 2 interns and one spouse though.  There are not words for this kind of love and how I love these people.  Time with them is such a reminder of the way God calls us to be in community together and such a picture of the way He loves us and wants us to love each other. 

We left Emerson at Beth's house on Thursday night and hit the road to spend the night with Bella & Molly in Knoxville to break up the drive.  Friday morning, we hit the road so that we could spend some time with Stephanie & Shaka and sweet Emma Ruth.  As an added bonus, Kelly & Seth were also there; but we didn't get to see Seth because he was visiting with other friends as well.  I haven't gotten to spend much time at all with sweet Emma Ruth, so this was so great for me to get to love on my friend's baby girl and to catch up with my friends at the same time.  It was very surreal to sit with these girls and their husbands and talk about our children - when did I grow up?  How are Kelly and I not still in middle school or Stephanie and I not still driving around listening to 102 jamz in highschool?  Surreal as it was, it was wonderful  The weather was gorgeous so we sat on the front porch and ate lunch and caught up for a few hours and it was so fun.  While of course I missed Emerson all weekend, it was glorious to be on such a tight schedule or trying to get back somewhere to relieve someone.  We left Steph's house and headed down the road to meet another friend who used to live in Charlotte and is now in Nashville for some drinks out on another porch.  Did I mention the weather was glorious?

The rest of the weekend was spent hanging out with the interns at dinner, at the hotel, and around Brentwood - right outside of Nashville where the wedding was.  The wedding Saturday was beautiful and with an awesome service.  I love being reminded of my vows to Terry at others' weddings and refreshing my heart to my role as a wife and how blessed I am to have Terry as my husband.  The reception was so fun as well with lots of personal touches and great indoor/outdoor space so we could take advantage of all of it!  We snagged the bride and groom for a quick picture and will look forward to many more reunions that will now include Katie at Robby's side. 

You all must have been praying because after two mornings of not being able to sleep in, this morning when we rolled over, the clock said 10:20, central time!  That's 11:20 to my body, folks!  WOO HOO.  I can't even begin to remember the last time I slept that late - ever.  It was glorious.  Now we are in Knoxville waiting to finish our trip tomorrow morning and get home to see our baby.  We have missed Emerson tons of course but have gotten lots of text message pictures from camp Grammy & camp Beth so felt like she was with us much of the time!  And best of all, we had such a great time being together, and know that one of the best things we can do for Emerson in her life is be sure she knows how much we love each other; and so we know that weekends like this are so great both for us and for her!  And this man sure is easy to love!


Megan said...

You came to Nashville???? And I didn't get to see you??? :-( I will try to stop crying now.

Looks like you had a really good time though. Glad to see your smiling faces :-)

Emily G. said...

time away from kiddos is such a double-edged sword....but as you said, SO important for your relationship. glad to hear ya'll had a great trip; that last pic of ya'll is too cute! :)