Leaving friends behind when we moved to Nashville was hard. But we were hopeful and looked forward to what Nashville had in store for us.
When we first moved here we were surprised at how friendly and welcoming everyone was. We felt lucky and wondered if any of these friendships would last.
This weekend we met a whole new group of friends at a beautiful little gathering my friend Allison hosted. Allison moved down to Nashville just a few months after we did. Allison's been much more successful at making friendships than I. Maybe it's those adorable freckles she has, or maybe it's that she puts herself out there. Allison has such a warm and welcoming heart, a sweet Fiance and a daughter that reminds you to live slowly and savor every moment.
I marvel at Allison's bravery. She's made so many lovely friendships from reaching out to Instagram friends. This weekend she shared her friendships, new and old, with us and others.
She had us gather a Arrington Vineyards, a beautiful winery that welcomes anyone to bring your own food and friends to enjoy the scenery and celebrate. She decorated picnic tables, laid fresh food and flowers out for everyone to enjoy and watched the connections unfold.
There were moments I got the talking with someone and asked how they knew Allison and they said they hadn't met her yet. It was exciting to know that I wasn't the only one that wanted to connect. That other people just like me were looking for friendships.
Naturally, I think we all want to connect. We all want to feel like were part of a community and part of something bigger than ourselves. We want to contribute, support and grow together. Make a difference and be remembered. Live and love more fully. Cry, laugh, fall and get back up again, together.
And on Sunday we did.