friend visit….

when one of your dearest friends calls on a Monday and wants to know if you are available to pick her up at the airport the following week, and you are left speechless and yet so very, very excited…


this past week was packed with good times and fun experiences shared.

i’m still just sitting back in awe that she was here and left already.

not to mention missing her.

but, while she was here, we did our best to show her a good time.

her and i are both lovers of flowers and so, a trip to Botanica, the Wichita Gardens was a perfect fit, not just for women, but for families too.

the garden has a very large section that is designed with children in mind and it was perfect for our crew.


some of the features in the children’s garden….


they had a rainbow theme throughout the children’s garden…


Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’…





a wonderful treehouse…


lawn games…


a butterfly sanctuary…



tranquil water gardens…



just a lovely, well-spent evening…



there are not millions of things to do out here on the plains, but we did enjoy what we could with the amount of time we had.

we also took in an afternoon at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, and that was enjoyable…for the most part. a certain little girl was in desperate need of a nap, so that added an element of….something. 😉

because Kansas is known for it’s sunflower fields, and because it is my friends favorite flower, we found a field and took some sunflower selfies…

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my brother showed Lori a good time in the sprayer early one morning…she even saw a jackrabbit!!

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and, since these Kansas sunrises and sunsets are my favorite, we jumped in the truck one evening and drove West.

dirt roads, windows down, country music, and wide open spaces with the sunset show…


^^those pictures…no filter, just an awesome Creator’s handiwork.

it was truly a great week.

i was reminded of the blessing friends are, and inspired by her in so many ways.

i was indeed honored that she took away from her summer vacation, by herself, to come to Kansas, of all places. =)

and, now, it’s back to the grind.

the grind of laundry and cleaning and cooking and baking and gardening.

the grind of life.

happy Wednesday, folks!







2 thoughts on “friend visit….

  1. What a special friend! I know how much it means when people travel SO far to get to where you live. It makes always makes me treasure my friendships all over again.
    And those gardens are lovely!! Not what I expect when I think of Kansas. 🙂

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