Impromptu Photo Shoot {and the witness protection program}

I told you that my friend, Christy, got her closest girlfriends together for a little girl time in the mountains of Utah.

She calls her closest friends “trues”…and I think that is one of the sweetest words to describe a real friendship.

I count it among my many blessings that Christy and I are close friends.

Most of the women I knew (and truly cared about) before the trip but I also had the opportunity to meet a new girl too.

While we were out and about one day we had an impromtu photo shoot in the middle of town.

I should post the photo of everyone crowding around the person getting their photo taken because those are hilarious!

Seven women flocked around one women with iphones and cameras clicking away.

Here is a quick peek into some of the photos taken that day….

I have to be honest that it is much easier to be BEHIND the camera.  Thank you Margie for grabbing my camera and getting a few of me.

I love this girl. LOVE!  I don’t think there are many people in this world that can make me laugh like Margie can.  Truly on my knees, tears streaming down my face with laughter.

If it were just that Margie made me laugh that would be nice and all….but that is only the tip of her beautiful qualities.

She is real and deep.

It was hard to leave her.  I have loved her from the moment I met her and I hope our friendship lasts and lasts.

HELLO…those eyes!

Chrissy is so stunning.

I met Chrissy about 7 months ago.  I met her in a larger group and really didn’t have the opportunity to spend too much time with her.

I knew she was nice (and could put together a mean outfit) and that Christy loved her dearly….but I didn’t know her.

Do you ever feel like your life is full?

Like you can’t take one more friend on because you don’t have time and that you worry that you will let them down because of your schedule….

Well, I did….until I met Chrissy.

Spending time with her and seeing her heart and talking about our faith (even though there are differences…there is a whole lot more in common that not) I left opening my heart to her and I didn’t even have a choice…she is stuck with me now:-)

I met Maria two years ago through Melody.

She is an amazing mom and she brings such a gentleness to the crazyness of the group.

I know she will hate me for saying this but whenever I think of her I just think of goodness and kindness.

She says she can be bad…but I think she is lying.

She is loyal.  You would want her to be your “true”.

{there is one person missing from the photo lineup but she is in the witness protection program and didn’t want to be seen….and I respected that:-)}

I have to tell you about her though.

Julie, you open your heart to all of us.

You give freely.  You encourage and lift us up.

I hope we do the same for you.

I hope you will continue to show us your gifts and talents and allow us to bless you as richly as you bless all of us!

Obviously, the professional model showed up at our little photo shoot.

Whatever Melody Ross!!!

I love Mel!

For those of you that know her..you know her talent and creativity.

What you may not know is that she is a wise mother and wife.

She handles so many situations with grace and she makes a CHOICE over and over to walk in that grace.

I admire that.

She has the most incredible family that I just want to be adopted into.

I have never known such a family as hers.

Because of Melody I know there are second chances and redemption.  Who doesn’t’ need to be reminded of that!

I love you Mel and our friendship.

Jamie was the one person that I didn’t know going into the weekend.

She was AWESOME!!!

So fun, so classy, so beautiful, so creative, so lovely in so many ways.

She runs an amazing travel company and takes people all over the world.

We have the same taste in so many things.

I wish I would have had more time with her and I can’t wait until I see her again.

When it was time to leave I had to run back in to give Christy one more hug.

I had to squeeze her one more time.

She is precious.

She doesn’t even realize how much she has taught me about taking chances and leaping.

I have never known someone to work so hard.

Her creativity is endless.

It is an amazing joy to watch your friend bloom before your eyes.

Christy, I love your heart and your passion.

Your love of family, faith and friendship is constantly being rewarded.

Thank you for getting all of us girls together.

We are blessed to be called your “trues”.

 

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  1. Looks like an amazing bunch of women! What a blessing to have strong, funny, kind women in ones life. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. such beautiful, lovely smiles…on such beautiful faces. 🙂 you girls just radiate happiness! xoxo

  3. i totally know what you mean about being hesitant to meet to know people because your life is already so full and your current friends are already being neglected… I SO get that. Amazing photos- you and your friends are all accessorized so well! The best part is that the best part of each person shines thru in the photos. That is what hanging with a group like that will do for you.

  4. Beautiful my girl…. These women are amazing… have to be for you to be spending time with them… you hold true to the real value of life. Love you and thank you for sharing!

  5. I feel so profoundly blessed to have you in my life and to get to spend the time that we get to spend together. You are a gift…..I love you so much!

  6. stunning, beautiful souls …. these pictures SHINE just like all of you lovelies do.

    Chrissy is a gorjuss soul inside and out … anyone that opens their heart to her is blessed!!!

    i am so happy you all had this special time together.

    sending you much love
    oxoxox
    k

  7. sweet, sweet, sweet!! getting me a little chocked up at the end, too!=) love that you all did this: photo shooting. and what a fun, very special way to reflect on each of the women of the weekend, jeanne. thanks so much for sharing!

  8. can I leap through the page and HUG YOU RIGHT NOW??? I simply adore you. YOU are a true! love you so much sweets.. my heart is full..

  9. Sandi commented:

    what a fantastic post… and those pictures! OMGosh!!!

  10. Wow! That’s all I can say. Just found your blog via Christy’s blog. What a profound, momentous time with girlfriends. You ladies are TRUELY blessed to have this opportuniy and one another! Your blog is beautiful and I will be adding it to my daily reads. God Bless!

  11. i love love love these…
    what a day…
    what a few days…
    i miss you…
    our dances…
    our songs…
    our laughter…
    love love love you…
    so blessed to call you friend…
    kiss kiss
    m
    ps send me my shots…can i use them for headshots?

  12. This sounds like a perfect weekend – I love looking at all those smiling faces!

  13. Beautiful ladies! The only one I know in person and as a friend is Margie and I too love her and feel blessed to call her a friend! Hugs from Conroe, Texas

  14. You are such a good friend Jeanne. I just love the way you described each of these girls. :o)

    And I’m not at all jealous that I didn’t get a weekend retreat away with you. Ok, I lied. I am CRAZY jealous!!

    xox

  15. Julie Parmer Hosley commented:

    So blessed and very thankful for each of you and our friendships! The days we spent in the mountains together will forever hold a special place in my heart.

    Love you so!

    p.s. I know, I know…I TOTALLY need to get over having my pic taken!(one day!) No one can even tell that I have had Bells Palsy…but…ME! My crooked little smile just builds character, huh!?!

  16. Wow…what a bunch of beautiful gals! And it sounds like you all share a deep admiration & love for each other; a TRUE blessing! 🙂

  17. JaYne commented:

    Such blessings to have such classy, gracious women in your life! Sounds like you gals had the ultimate restoration time!

  18. Brenda Nath commented:

    You girls are beautiful not only on the outside – but the inside too – it shows in your smiles and your eyes! What a wonderful time for you – and to be blessed with true girl friends – cherish them, they’re hard to find.

  19. Dianne in Aus commented:

    Time with your True’s sounds abSOULutely Fabulous. What a blessing to have such a caring group of friends.

  20. Such beautiful photos! If you and Christy were there I know it must have been a magical time. I love you both! oxoxo

  21. How beautiful and such sweet girls!! Everybody needs a “true” or as many as life brings them 🙂
    Sounds like you are very blessed xo

    Deborah xo

  22. Angie Blom commented:

    Oh what a wonderful bunch of women.. blessed you all are to have such a wonderful friendship. I don’t know Christy other than taking her classes but I want to hug her too.. she inspires me everyday through my computer.. love her xx

  23. Lisa Ciaravino commented:

    I met Christy by taking her “She Art” class on line and waiting to start the “She has 3 hearts” class. Looking at these pictures and reading both your blog’s I want to be your friend and hang out too!!!! Thank you for sharing your special time and thanks for the inspiration of being me and bringing my creative side to life.