“You’re the strangest person I ever met, she said & I said you too & we decided we’d know each other a long time.” – Kindred Spirits, Brian Andreas of Storypeople
Nicole is one of those rare, once-in-a-lifetime, beautiful, amazing, radiant, she’ll-do-anything-for-you- and you-can’t-imagine-your-life-without-her-friends. Many women (especially those from military families) understand how hard it can be to truly connect deeply with other women. When we find these rare opportunities, we savor them and hold them close to our heart.
The day we met nearly seven years ago — we were both newly married and kiddo-free. After spending our first afternoon together, I remember driving home giddy as a school girl and telling my husband I’d just met a woman who I was certain was going to be my new best friend. We shared the same military lifestyle, faith and love of all things crunchy. We had similar curly hair and could swap wardrobes too–some things that seem silly, just glue you together a little more. We were fast and dear friends.
Despite our many moves over the years (Nicole and her family just returned from a three-year stint in Croatia) our families (with four kids and two on the way) are incredibly close and our friendship is one of my greatest blessings. We secretly dream of the day when our husbands retire and our families can be neighbors. We’ll garden together, send our kids off to prom and grow old enjoying sweet tea in the evenings on our front porches.
This is a celebration of sorts, not only for the new baby-to-be arriving in May, but for her familiy’s homecoming from overseas. For the first time in more than four years we’re only going to be living a few hours apart. We are so excited to have our babies together — and to enjoy being just a short car drive away.
We snapped these photos during their visit with us last week. It was a beautiful, wonderful, chaotic time. We almost didn’t make time for a mini-shoot, but when I saw the magic we captured, I was so grateful we did.
Congratulations Nicole – you are glowing more than ever! I can’t wait for this sweet baby to make his or her debut. See you soon my dear friend.