In 2005, Melissa joined me in Chicago when she started law school. It was a wonderful to be back in the same city with an old friend again! Around the same time, Jess began medical school in Massachusetts and visited with us when she could.
|Jess comes to Chicago: October 2005|
Melissa and I parted ways again in 2007, when I moved to Washington, following my wedding. Melissa stayed in Chicago for another year and then headed back to the East Coast to get married.
|My wedding: July 8, 2007|
|Melissa's wedding: May 31, 2008|
Our first major girls' getaway was to sunny San Diego in early 2010. We had a blast!
|San Diego: January 2010|
We were graced with Melissa's presence on the West Coast twice in 2011. Melissa came to visit in February, to meet baby Evelyn and to explore Seattle and Portland.
|Portland, OR: February 2011|
In November, we celebrated Melissa's 30th birthday in the PNW. We turned the celebration into a mini baby shower too, because she's expecting her first child in March! It was a delightful and relaxing girls' weekend. We treated ourselves to spa treatments at the Salish Lodge in WA (thanks to Joe for spending the day with Evelyn) and spent the remainder of our time lounging in our pajamas and laughing!
|Salish Lodge: November 2011|
|Wearing our matching knit hats (that I knit): Nov. 2011|
It was sad to see Melissa go, but I pray we'll be together again for another wonderful girls' weekend in 2012. We already know that there's a very special wedding in September 2012... Jess is getting married!! So, 2012 is bound to be another exciting year: a new baby for Melissa, a wedding for Jess and who knows what God has in store for me! I love you girls... more than you'll ever know!