|From left: Erin, Kelly, Katie, Jessica, Sarah, me|
These are my awesome friends. They were my bridesmaids. This picture was taken on November 18, 2004, 2 days before I got married.
So much has changed since this picture was taken.
First of all, Erin's hair was much more red back then. Although she still has 6 cats, and still has Sean. :)
Kelly is married and has a little girl the same age as Dylan. Her hair hasn't changed much. ;)
Katie is married, with 2 kids. She didn't know her hubby when this picture was taken. I am sure that he was off somewhere watching baseball. :)
Jessica is married as well now. She also didn't know her husband back then. Her hair is blonde now. And longer.
Sarah has 2 boys, and a man in her life. When this picture was taken, she was dating someone else. With no kids. In fact, she told me she didn't want kids. HA! She is one of the best moms I know.
Me, well you all know the story. I met a Tennessee boy, fell in love, got married, and 6 years later had a baby boy. Then 1 year later (11 months to be exact) had a second little boy.
If you would have told this skinny, naive Carrie everything that would happen in the next 7 years of her life. I am not sure that she would have believed you.
But that's the beauty in life, the element of surprise.
Some things never change, though.
Erin is still one of my best friends. Even though we live 2,000 miles apart, we talk about once a week and try to catch up. She still has one of the biggest hearts, and would give you the shirt off her back. She went with me to pick out wedding dresses and helped me pick "the one". She has a beautiful voice. She sang at out wedding. It was wonderful. I think that I cried.
Kelly and I didn't talk much after I moved to Tennessee, but now we stay connected on Facebook. We exchange mommy advice and it seems like we go through the same milestones with our kids together. Right now it is teething. And we both just wish those darn teeth would just show up so we can get some peace and our kids would be less cranky!
Katie is still a good friend. She and I don't talk on the phone often because she is a busy working momma. But when we do talk, it is like no time has passed. We made our kids - Brendan and Carly - meet, once Brendan was out of the hospital, and all but forced them to like each other. It didn't go over well. Brendan made her cry. Katie is such an easy going person. Being around her makes me feel mellow. I long to be that calm some day, and not so high strung like I am now. Katie is my inspiration.
Jessica is the funniest friend I have. She can take the worst situation and make you laugh. Anything at all. Grandmother just died? She will make you laugh. I am not sure how she does it, but she has a light in her that makes others light up as well. We have known each other for a long, long, time. We would make Del Tacos runs in the middle of the night and listen to random music in my dad's 4- Runner. Jessica is the kind of friend that would do anything for you. She is always thinking about what she can do to make someone's day. Just thinking about her makes me smile because of the random things we have done together and the fun times that we have had.
Sarah was the first person I told when I broke up with my controlling ex boyfriend. He didn't want us to hang out, and so I didn't see her for a while. When I told her I broke it off, she didn't hold a grudge and even took me out drinking to celebrate my 21st birthday 6 months after the fact. Her second son was born the day that Brendan died. A week after she gave birth, she was at Brendan's memorial. A week. She has always been there for me as well. She is a wonderful mommy and a great friend.
I am a blessed woman. I have wonderful friends.
So much has happened in the past 6 and a half years. But I wouldn't change a thing.
God gave me these trials for a reason. I am a stronger woman, wife and mother because of the things that have happened.
I wouldn't change a thing. Except perhaps to go back and tell myself to avoid the lure of Double Stuf Oreos.