On the way home we stopped through Tennessee again and stayed with our friends again. Aside from seeing the Sokics and the Cates, we also got to see the Smiths this time! They are some really great friends of ours from church in Los Angeles, and they happened to be in town on a family vacation and were literally just passing through Nashville for 24 hours on a road trip with extended family. Awesome timing.
We pulled in and met them at a park in Nashville. Our kids flowed off the RV and picked up where they’d left off.
It was so sweet to see Cade and Jackson (Smith) playing together. They were buddies when we lived in LA. In fact, the Smiths were who we called when I went in to labor with Gage before my mom could get there to take over. They were the faces Cade was most familiar with at that time in our lives.
It makes me so happy to see my babies being held by these friends. I wish we could all live on the same block.
We walked down the street to get BBQ for dinner.
Then we came back to the park and the adults chatted while the kids played on the hills until the lightning bugs came out.
We took some group shots with the selfie stick, but the low light from dusk and the front facing camera made them a bit blurry. But still.
We leveled the RV and push the sides out so everyone could come in and the kids could get a tour. Then we took a kid shot.
The kids played in the bunks a bit.
Cade says he remembers Jackson. I don’t know if that’s true, but he gave him a big hug to say goodbye and asked him for a high five. Makes me smile.
This is what I said about this meet up on Instagram:
What these families mean to us, and the other families not pictured but represented by these faces… There really aren’t words. Authentic community is such a treasure, and it was the reason we stuck around (and never intended to leave) Los Angeles. In spite of the years, the kids, the moves, and changes in our lives, it’s such grace to see everyone again all at once. Makes me want to bust out the camp song, 🎶 “Friends are friends forever if the Lord’s the Lord of them…”🎶