This weekend I had the BEST surprise ever! In my whole life! I have a group of great friends from college, who I lived in London with when I studied abroad, and we all get together each Labor Day weekend for a reunion. We fondly call ourselves the 'Chanda's' (long and silly story...). So I thought this past year was my last since we will be moving to South Africa. One of the friends, Shanel, emailed me a few weeks ago to say she wanted to buy us dinner from Florida and have it delivered. We planned on Friday night, and I received a text at 5pm saying it would be at my house by 6pm. I was in the kitchen, getting salads ready to accompany our pizza, when a knock came at the door. I began to walk to the front door to meet the delivery guy only to see these 4 Florida college friends standing at my door with pizzas and signs saying 'SURPRISE!' I totally FREAKED out because I could never have expected anything like this! It was the BEST surprise ever! I started crying and hiding; it was just too much to take in! These friends decided to come surprise me and spend our 'Chanda' weekend early this year to see me and our beautiful daughter, Kieren. So what I thought would be a lazy weekend turned into a laughter-filled, deep-talk, junk food eating, fun FEST. It was incredible! These girls mean so much to me, and I felt loved and cared for in such a special way. As they left this morning, the word that kept coming to my mind was 'GRACE' because I feel like through our friendships and the way they love me I receive so much grace. There is no way I deserve incredible friends like this. I am so blessed! Tonight I am nostalgic, coming out of a sugar-hangover, super sleepy, and just so thankful.
I love you girls!
The 'Chanda' girls reunited right after the shocking surprise! They are Shanel, Cathleen, myself, Amy, Katie, and her daughter Layne
Amy enjoying the sweet bliss of Los Tres, our favorite Mexican restaurant. She ordered the fajita 'trough'
Shanel, Katie, Amy, Sarah, and Cathleen - all wearing our beautiful 2009 Chanda reunion shirts, created by the talented Katie
Kieren dressed up in her 'Chanda' onesie - the newest member to our group!
Layne and Kieren hanging out
Casey munching on our famous 'white trash' sugar creation
Shanel and Kieren
Our hangout for the weekend - the couches, in our pj's, covered by blankets, downing great food and drinks!