we had to say good bye to some of our dear friends tonight. joy has been one of my closest friends since i was a freshman in college.... she has seen me through all my "stages" throughout the years and i'm pretty sure she's pleased that i no longer wear the hideous zebra cowboy hat that i thought was cool in college. i'm not sure why she stuck around as my friend for so long, but i am more thankful than i could ever express. okay, enough about that or i might loose it. she isn't leaving until saturday so i'll cross that bridge when i get there.
tonight we had to say goodbye to her sweet little girls... and it broke my heart more than i thought it would. i realize that in a year mary won't remember them leaving but it is still so sad. joy is a particularly special friend to me, she has mentored me and believed in me for so many years, and when i was in college i would have never dreamt that we would have girls the same age that get to actually live day to day life together. it's just so sweet. okay okay... i've got to stop. i want my kids to look back at this blog and remember their childhood... the first two years of mary's life wouldn't be the same without the phillips!
ellie and her daddy, travis, visiting mary the day we came home from the hospital
ellie came to visit us many times those first few weeks of mary's life... here she is showing her fun personality, playing with my mom's jewelry
mary and gracie at the park
i think this good bye would have been a lot easier about four months ago. in the past few months mary has fallen in love with gracie. whenever we're trying to get out the door for church or faithgroup we motivate mary by saying "let's go see gracie!" recently, she has been saying "gracie!" about half the time we get in car to go somewhere. she loves her little friend.
mary and gracie on a walk one summer night
at the park with ellie