There’s something to be said about friendships. There are those friends who you could go years without talking to and then pick back up right where you left off. There are those friends who will always be there for you — no matter the issue, distance, or circumstance. There are those friends who you can’t picture your life without.
This past weekend, my husband and I packed up our car with our dogs and luggage and drove down to the beautiful city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Our end destination was the house that our college friend lived in with her husband and dog. This friend of ours is exactly like the friends that I described above … all bottled into one person. Yes, she’s that special.
I met this friend of ours when we moved into the same college house during our senior year. Having never met each other, we immediately hit it off right from the first minute. Little did I know that she was good friends with my future husband. Yes, this friend brought my husband into my life. For that and all of the memories that we created together during that amazing senior year of college, I am forever grateful.
Since living in our college house, together we have experienced graduating from college, moving from the suburbs of Michigan to the big city life (her in Charlotte and me in D.C), getting engaged and eventually married to the men of our dreams, transitioning into the interesting world of homeownership, and providing dogs with a loving home. Even from a distance, she has been there with me every step of the way.
This pregnancy has added a whole new chapter to our friendship. When my husband and I decided to announce the baby to our family members and friends, we were so excited to finally start placing the phone calls. After deciding on who we would call to tell over the phone, we knew that we had to save this friend of ours for last because her reaction was going to be classic and unforgettable. After telling her the news, we heard nothing but celebratory screams that lasted for minutes on end. I could feel her excitement through the phone and knew that this baby of ours was going to have one of the best aunts ever.
When the bump started to show, I couldn’t help but want to see this friend of ours to share in the pregnancy experience together. From seeing the bump to feeling the baby kick, all I wanted was to spend time with this friend before the baby made an appearance. So, we picked a date, packed up our car, and made the drive. The weekend was definitely a needed escape. From catching up to talking about the future, from playing games to watching games, from hanging out with our husbands to playing with our dogs … the weekend was a healthy dose of great times spent with amazing friends.
As they say, “A good friend knows all your best stories. A best friend has lived them with you.” This friend of mine is definitely a best friend thanks to all of the memories that we have shared together. I cannot wait to enter this new chapter of my life knowing that I’ll have that friend with me along for the adventurous ride.
When you come across a good friend, don’t let go. Friendships are truly a beautiful thing since they add so much love, support, understanding, and happiness to our lives.
* I’m 28 weeks pregnant in the photos throughout this post.
Chocolate and White Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a mixer to cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix together. Pour in the vanilla and blend until combined.
- Pour the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.
- Use an ice cream scooper to form tablespoonfuls of the dough. Place the dough on the baking sheet two inches apart.
- Bake for 8-11 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
What is your favorite type of cookie?