okay, we aren't exactly the traditional ladies who lunch. however, we are ladies and we do like lunch. this week, my dear friend lauren [of simply chic mom] was in town for a few days and we were able to set aside a little bit of time to spend together.  we gabbed and giggled and shared.  oh yeah, and enjoyed some yummy organic fare.  what a blessing to be able to spend time with a friend and sister in Christ.  discussing life, husbands, careers, ministries, trials, joys, kids, houses, and the future.  we covered it all!  i always feel so grateful and refreshed after a time like this.  a little lunchtime respite with a friend is a great way for God to remind me that life is all about relationships.  we were created to pour ourselves into the lives of others.  to bear one another's burdens, laugh with one another, pray for one other, and encourage one another.

 thank you, my friend, for a lovely little date.  and thank you, Heavenly Father, for the lovely gift of friendship.