After we left Orlando, we headed up to GA to see more forever friends...the Conners. It is really way too sad that I have no pictures with them! We only stayed overnight, as I was eager to get to SC to see my sweet friend Brandi who had the stroke in August, but it was soooo great to even get an evening with the couple we have been friends with the longest from our Navy days. Michelle totally walked me through so many things about military, making a home, and hospitality.
We were able to see many dear and precious friends in Charleston...Nikki, Sean and Lexi...Lori Muck...Greg, Reagan, and Lydia...the Tomberlins and Bettencourts! Seeing Brandi was bittersweet. I felt so helpless, but I knew that she knew who I was! I was amazed that her eyes could communicate so much with me. I will treasure the 15 minutes alone with her in that hospital room for all my days. From the moment her sweet daughter broke the tragic news to me, my heart longed to get to my friend's side. I didn't want to cry in front of her; I tried so hard not to, but when she looked in my eyes and I somehow knew what she was thinking, I melted into all the emotions that had been stored up. Sometimes friendship needs no words, and when you find friends like that, you hold on to them for dear life. I am so happy to say that Brandi is making crazy, amazing, fabulous progress, and I cannot wait to see her again!
We wrapped up our time in SC with the Bettencourt family. Our kids always love being together, and we just can't get over how grown up they all are.