The other night, my oldest daughter hosted a surprise going-away party for one of her dearest friends. Shea's spending the year abroad studying in Belgium.
Maggie determined the menu and the sisters helped set the patio for the festivities. The afternoon was spent making killer chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting from scratch with her sweet friend Nicole. I'll have to see if she'll share her recipe.
It was an absolutely perfect evening with temperatures in the low sixties. Just right for a bonfire.
Shea is the oldest of four sisters and seems so mature for sixteen. She's so smart, sweet, and kind. My daughter has truly been blessed by their friendship.
Saying goodbye is tough, but as the girls start the latter half of their high school career, it'll become an all too familiar refrain.
Gracie posted a few pictures on her Instagram account...
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance;
they make the latitudes and longitudes. ~Henry David Thoreau
We can't wait to hear all about your fabulous adventure, best of luck sweet Shea!