Tuesday, December 6, 2011

tradition from tragedy

i've often made mention here of how amazing my friends are.

probably not enough. but i also don't want to get anyone jealous or anything. :-)

in the days, weeks, months and even years following Jarronn's passing, i've been overwhelmed by the kindness and thoughtfulness of many people. and my closest friends have done nothing but prove why we've been so close for more than a decade.

a few months after Jarronn died, my closest girlfriends arranged a trip to arizona for my birthday. the trip was everything i needed, right when i needed it.

one year later, in 2010, we got the group together for a trip to charlottesville, va. we rented a beautiful house and toured some of virginia's best wineries.

this year, the group got a little smaller, due to scheduling conflicts and other challenges. but six of us kept the party going in philly.

as we packed up to head home, we each shared things we were thankful for. our bonds with each other. our acceptance of one another. the longevity of our friendships. and for me, i couldn't help but be reminded of why we started taking these trips in the first place and why i find them to be so special.

i'm thankful that our beautiful tradition of trips sprung out of tragedy.

sedona, az 2009

charlottesville, va 2010
philadelphia, pa 2011


  1. This is great! There's nothing like crafting something beautiful out of a hardship. I'm sure these yearly trips have brought you all closer. Plus, it adds an amazing memory to the legacy of the individual you lost. That's simply remarkable and a blessing.

  2. It's great to have good friends who love you. I'm so happy you do!! :)

  3. I feel honored to be a part of your crew, Jess. I love you much.;)