When life is rough and throws you storms, friends are like buoys that you can hang onto while in their presence. And when a friend visits, and we can catch up and create memories, it's like the balm of Gilead for the soul. When Amy came to visit with the kiddos, we were ecstatic. We met at Oceanside Harbor and the kids seemed to pick right up where they left off. They grew up together for awhile in Davis, CA in Orchard Park Family Housing. Lukas and Azilee were in nursery together. They're about a month apart. We stayed at the Bell Grandparents home when we adopted Lukas in San Diego, and Amy was my go-to with any and all baby questions when we got back up to Davis. We met when we sewed our first Christmas tree-skirts together, and I've adored her since. We even got to visit them on a road trip to Utah, and the kids were so excited to see each other. And this time was sweet too. I adore them. And the funniest thing about this third picture is that a huge wave splooshed up onto the jetty and soaked Eli to the bone. It was inevitable...the kids getting wet. Lukas began in a coat and pants and ended...well.... you see the pictures. At one point he was in the ocean wearing a raincoat. IN the ocean water. Hahahaha. Azi's pretty amazing at gymnastics and she and her mom did handstands and cartwheels on the beach. I hadn't seen Una since she was a baby! She's such a little girl now! We bonded over snacks. haha. Lukas and Azilee explored the rocks together, kicking the incoming surf. Amy is my darling hippie friend who is smart, fun, crafty, talented, and super interesting to talk to, a great mom who is intentional in what she does with and for her kids. We relate to life's craziness, and the awkwardness of BYU, among other things. This day was a breath of fresh air. And much too short. I can't believe I have no picture of us together!!! Thanks for a wonderful and fulfilling day. I wish I could take every dear friend of mine and transplant them to San Diego. Could I just buy a big house and invite everyone to live there??!!!