It happened that in planning our route to DC I found out that we would be passing very close to where they now live. I was thrilled!
When I got out of the car at their house and saw Samantha, I couldn't hold back the tears. We had such a lovely visit. She made lunch; we got to meet her 2 youngest (who had been born since they moved); Emma played outside with all the little girls; I tried to make up for all the lost years and soak up everything I could.
It's not often that friends and families come into our lives that move us, change us and make us better people. That's what this family did for us. They will always have a special place in my heart-no matter how far away they live. We have truly been blessed with their friendship.
The big girls-Abby, Mary, Erin and Grace
The little girls-Johanna, Emma, Katie and Autumn
The only 2 boys-Seth and Jack
Samantha and me! (with baby Mia)