This past weekend was one of my very favorite weekends of the year. I got to spend it with four of my very favorite people in the world. More than 10 years ago, six of us started a very close Small Group Bible Study in Greenville. We have since moved to different places…Cary, Raleigh, Texas, Louisiana, Charlotte, New Bern, and Winston-Salem. Only two remain in Greenville, but the good news is that our distance now is far less than it has been in a long time…New Bern to Winston-Salem seems a lot better than North Carolina to Texas or Louisiana! During all these years, our friendship only continues to grow, as we are in touch almost daily through GroupMe texts and weekly email prayer requests. These ladies are some of my biggest cheerleaders, prayer warriors, and stress relievers! They are simply amazing, and together (even when we are not really “together”) we are always better.
Emily moved back to North Carolina (New Bern) from Louisiana this summer. We’ve had this weekend planned since last October to get together to celebrate Ashley, Shannon, and Emily turning 30 this year. Emily hosted us at her beautiful new home this past weekend. Spending time together talking, being silly, and exploring New Bern and eating at its awesome local restaurants is how we spent our time. We missed Marianne very much, but it was almost as if she were there because a portion of us can’t be together without thinking about and remembering the ones that aren’t.
For lunch Saturday, we ate at The Chelsea. I got the Brown Butter Barbecue Chicken. It was served over creamy stone ground grits and with seasonal vegetables. I very highly recommend this dish! I am sorry for the lack of pictures of the food…I was too busy eating!
Downtown New Bern is beautifully quaint. I love these trees.
I had no idea bears were so important to New Bern. I found the following interesting info at http://www.visitnewbern.com
The Swiss and German settlement of New Bern was named in honor of the
founders home, Bern, Switzerland. When Bern, Switzerland was founded, it was
named by a group of hunters. They named the city for the first animal they came
upon on their hunting expedition. It was a bear. Bern is the old Germanic word for Bear,
and the bear became the symbol of the city. It has been adopted by New Bern, as well.
I normally don’t wear T-shirts very often, but I loved this one. I love North Carolina and I love trying out local places everywhere. I didn’t buy it, but I think it’s really cool. 🙂
New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi!
Rebecca, my very sweet sister, was nice enough to buy us all 50 cents Diet Pepsis. Thanks Becky!
I love my Sperry’s…especially for a boat ride!!
Emily’s awesome husband, Ryan, treated us to a tug boat cruise. He wanted to thank us for all our prayers for him through his residency in Louisiana. What a nice guy! Not to mention he gave up his home for a weekend and took his two boys with him so us girls could be together. Thanks so much, Ryan! (Thanks to all the husbands for giving up their wives for the weekend and holding down the fort at home…we appreciate it more than you know!)
We had a two hour cruise and toured the Neuse and Trent Rivers.
For those of you that are fans of Nicholas Sparks’ novels, this is his beautiful home…
We went to Baker’s Kitchen Sunday for brunch. I loved it, and I recommend the French Toast and the Dutch Potatoes.
What a fun weekend with my beautiful friends! New Bern was so good to us.