Girls Need Time Together 3 Illustrations

Mary Ann and I take turns driving across town to meet up with our sisters.
I-75 South to I-285 East to I-85 North to I-985 North. It is always worth the drive to catch up with my sisters.
FRIENDS are a guiding light on our journeys. Guys need time together, too! I am happy Donny was able to get away for a diving trip this past weekend. Girls need retreats, as well, and it sure was nice enjoying this sunset with some church friends this past Friday night.

Life is difficult. Not just for me or other ALS patients. Life is difficult for everyone. Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding, doing the activities that you love and spending time with the people that you love – I think that’s the meaning of this human experience.”
Steve Gleason

On Thursday, my three sisters and I seized the moment again and met for another Sister Session. Our favorite meeting place these days is the Cracker Barrel near Lake Lanier Islands. Though it is always completely worth the drive in Atlanta traffic, it is a good hour from my home. It is nice that sis, Mary Ann lives close so we can carpool.

This location works best as Laura works as a HR Manager at Singleton Marina and works hard in advance so that she can take a little longer lunch and spend it with her sisters to give us a little more time together. Although, I think we all agree that it is never enough time. <smile>

Laura Lea takes a break from her busy day at Singleton to catch up with her sisters. We often share things we are learning, and this day was no different as Laura told us of a principle she recently read in a devotion: “Calmness is the action of trust”.
Mary Ann shares some wisdom from The Word with her sisters.
Kathy tells us a story. When we are together, we laugh until we cry, just like Mama did.
Winter 1958-1959, I am the babe in my Mama’s arms, with my three sisters standing beside Mom. While Laura Lea and I have no recollection of this home in Covington, Kentucky, our two sisters were bubbling over with clear memories which they shared with us as we lunched at Cracker Barrel: 16 acres of land with two horses, a long set of stairs on the outside of the home where we practiced fire drills, how they and our big brother, John stayed outside playing all day long, catching fireflies into the night, lots of snow sledding, a German Shepherd named Black Velvet and more.
After lunch on May 14, 2015, four sisters.
Morning Has Broken on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.”

Psalm 113:3

Within hours of our Sister Session, I was joined by six friends from our church at our place in the North Georgia Mountains for a Women’s Retreat. Girls need time together, to chat, to share ideas, to laugh, to cry, to eat yummy food together, to drink coffee, wine or tea together. Kim, Wanda, Sheila, Susan, Shari, Dixie, and I had the most wonderful , restful, inspiring time together, solitude/silence, ¬†cooking, collaging, and just hanging out. My favorite part was all of us meeting on Mom’s Dream, our boat, at 6:15 a.m. and taking a sunrise cruise. This was the first time I had ever done this, but I am sure it will not be my last!

Sheila (L) and Shari (R) had to leave early to make it to the 11 a.m. service . Sheila’s twins were being recognized on Senior Sunday as they prepare to graduate from Pope High School in the days ahead.
Friends retreat from the busy-ness of life.
So happy to finally meet Baby Elliana, four months old.
Susan enjoys a hug from her first grandchild, Elliana who lives close to where we were holding the retreat. Susan and I have been at Piedmont Church together for the past 22 years, raising our babies into young adults during our time there. Susan and Steve have been mainstay friends in the life of our family.
Wanda and Shari “retreat” in the gazebo.
Carly (L and Leah’s Maid of Honor and soon-to-be bride on May 29, 2015), Kayla (Center and Leah’s Matron of Honor) and Leah (R)

Just as we wound up our Women’s Retreat, it was time to get back to Marietta where Leah was hosting a baby shower with her friend, Katie, for their long-time friend, Kayla. The “A-Hoy, It’s a BOY” themed party was super special! I got there in time to hold another newborn, Katie’s niece, this one only two months old. I was intrigued by Baby Blakely’s tiny toes!

Yes, girls need time together.

Who will you intentionally celebrate

life with in the very near future?

I am always grateful for what my Mama always called “Traveling Mercies” as we move from here to there on these adventures in our life.


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5 thoughts on “Girls Need Time Together 3 Illustrations

  1. Love you Joan page! You have been called to encourage others and are a precious friend!

  2. HI Carol! OUR parents, both now passed on, LOVED Cracker Barrel! We enjoy having Sister Sessions there as we remember stories that are sure to involve our Mom and Daddy.

  3. HI Susan! I know you are pumped that your summer vaca is just around the bend! One of our favorite things about being a teacher is our summer break! Love you, too, Susan and we are thankful for your family in our family’s journey…

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