Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Years with Old Friends

Just came across some pictures from New Years Day spend with our favorite friends, the Richards.  Maria and I met in 6th grade when my family moved from Louisiana from New York. My earliest memory of her was in P.E. class when she confronted me and communicated her irritation that she was the only Maria in our grade - until I moved here and messed it all up. Now that's a good Southern welcome, huh?  Apparently she got over her little "issue" and we discovered we had a lot in common.  We were both very Italian, very active in our faith community, were later involved in retreat ministry, were considered "good girls" and were known to most as "The Maria's." 

Maria and her husband, Mickey, started dating in high school, so we have decades of memories we share.  Iain, of course, came into the mix seven years ago, but was so welcomed and celebrated by them, that it just feels like family.

The Richard kids (there are 3 boys and a firecracker of a girl) have been head-over-heal-nuts for Gianna since we first brought her home.  The two youngest kids, William and Sarah, have an intense fondness for her.  For three hours that afternoon...I didn't have to chase Gianna. Those two were amazing with her.  I was so grateful for the gift of being able to eat and visit without constantly getting up.  (Not that I mind taking care of my child, but the break is refreshing.)

I didn't pull out my camera til we were getting ready to leave, but I managed to get a few shots...

Sarah got tickled by Gianna's "bear" bottom.
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As we were pulling out of their driveway and heading down their little country road, we saw all sorts of amazing wildlife in the ravine alongside the road.

We love you, Richards.

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to say hi. I had read your story a long while back...I am so happy to see this beautiful baby in your arms! Congratulations! (isn't the internet amazing?!)


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