City of Brotherly Love

Beautiful sisters, Kate and Ellen



Friday noon, I boarded the Chinatown bus from New York to Philadelphia, just me and my little bags…one night to simply kick back and enjoy girl time with Kate and Ellen, two of the dearest friends I have known almost my whole life!

“Can I come to Philly and visit you?” I asked Ellen a few weeks ago. Her reply was such an eager “yes!” and this past weekend a perfect time as she was house sitting for her mom. Kate, her older came over to see me as well and the three of us spent the entire time together. Kate even ditched her plans the next morning to spend more time with us…so touching!

From start to finish, this visit was such an obvious gift from God…I know He knew I needed this time with friends who know me like a sister.
Who can read my thoughts, encourage me from the perspective of knowing where I am but also where I have come from, love me because they also love my entire family and just “get” how we work!

We literally sat and talked about life, love, marriage, children, faith and other important matters for 99% of the time.
Both these girls are the best of listeners and I loved it that even if the conversation got off focus for a moment or two, it always got on track again. We all really wanted to hash out a conversation to its proper conclusion, learning a lot from each other in the end.

One of my favorite memories was Friday night when Kate asked, “Would it be alright with you if I feel your belly?” I am NOT one of those women who hates it when people touch my pregnant belly (as long as the individual is not a creepy stranger;), and willingly said “Sure!” For the sweetest several minutes thereafter, we all sat and felt baby together, squealing with delight when he/she moved and just bonding over the joint experience of acknowledging this precious human life inside of me! I really feel like experiences such as this make me feel more beautiful and special as a pregnant woman. Pregnancy can feel like such a solo experience but when others come along and want to cherish the experience as well, I think it has a positive impact!

Saturday morning, Ellen, a newly licenced massage therapist, asked me if I wanted a pre-natal massage! DID I? Wow, I was not about to pass that offer down!:) Ellen wanted to make the experience perfect so she went and got her heavy massage table, set it up, put soothing music on in the bedroom where I slept and I enjoyed one of the most relaxing 45 minutes of my life! I’m sure no one will be surprised to know I fell fast asleep! Oh it was nice! Thank you for serving me like that Ellen!

Before I knew it it was time to take the bus back to New York but I already felt like 24 hours away had left me rejuvenated and simply feeling blessed and incredibly loved! Thank you Kate and Ellen! You don’t know how much this little time with friends meant to this mama! See you in June!:)

Cute, tutor-style housing


I LOVE pretty, ethnic colors and prints…

Sculpture done by Ellen, an amazing artist!

Massage table, all ready for me!:)
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4 Responses to City of Brotherly Love

  1. Grace says:

    So…i have many comments. First of all, thank you Kate and Ellen for taking such good care of her! I love you two. Second, I want a massage:) Third, Susanna, you take great pictures! Fourth, I am jealous that you got to see old friends but so happy for you.

  2. helms family says:

    So glad you got this time! I have heard in your voice lately the need for refreshment. And you rarely complain-you are tough!I am thrilled this worked out for you. Thanks to Kate and Ellen for taking care of the one of you- that is actually two.

  3. Adrienne says:

    Oh, how fun! It's amazing how the Lord uses time with friends to refresh and renew. Love the pictures you took!

  4. Anonymous says:

    So happy for your refreshing time together…Kate and Ellen, if you read Susanna's blog-THANK_YOU!!! We love you!

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