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Monday, January 13, 2014

life is better with friends


Two common themes on my baby making trip to Denver were great friends and delicious food. I was blessed to share a few hours with some fabulous friends who brightened the long winter days.

high school friend
As I've mentioned, my best friend from high school, S lives in Stapleton (a suburb of Denver). Her home is about 40 minutes from the CCRM and she's been kind enough to allow A and I to stay with her when we come to Denver for treatments. It has been a huge blessing as the cost of a hotel during our last three trips would surely be an additional financial hardship.

Although we stay at her house, I don't actually see her that much. But we had the opportunity to spend one afternoon together window shopping in Cherry Creek North. Afterwards, we had a late lunch at NoRTH, a modern twist on Italian. We enjoyed the most amazing salad with salmon and tomato bisque soup while we caught up on each other's lives. 


industry friend 
A few days later,  I had lunch with L. She and I were on an industry board together about 6 years ago as we are both in advertising. We determined that it has been about six years since we've seen each other. She moved to San Francisco for work. Met a boy. Moved to Boston with said boy. Married the boy and now they have been living in Denver for the past few months. Although we haven't seen each other, we've been keeping in touch via social media and blogs. L blogs at quinoa, kale & exhale and is constantly inspiring me to cook more delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes. 

We dined at True Foods Kitchen and shared two amazing winter salads. The whole menu is based on Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory diet and everything is delicious. 


college friend
C is one of my "forever friends". I only see her about once a year but she's in my heart year around. We went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo together and have been friends since. C and her hubby just moved to Denver in November and are still getting used to the area. It was so great to see her and catch up on all that is happening in her world. We met at True foods (yes, again) for brunch and shared two delicious veggie egg dishes. 


blogger friend
The grand finale was meeting Suzanne from Our Journey to a Baby Bump and her hubby T. Although we'd never met, I've been following Suzanne's infertility journey for the past year and felt like I knew her already. We both decided to pursue treatments at CCRM around the same time last year and the timing worked out perfectly for us to meet in person. 

Suzanne and I both had our surgeries scheduled at CCRM on the same day. So we had planned to meet the day prior for lunch with our significant others. We dined at Linger, an anti-entree, vegetable-based small plates style restaurant. It had an urban vibe and the food was different but quite flavorful.

But the best part of the day was the great company. There is something so easy about friendships that start with an infertility connection because there is an innate understanding of your circumstances. A compassion that comes from experience. Needless to say, I fell even more in love with Suzanne…she's such a beautiful person inside and out. I'm praying so much that her surgery works and she's able to carry her frosties and have her take-home baby this year. 



The people have certainly been the blessing in this infertility journey. I'm so grateful for all of our friends who've supported us along the way and for all the new friends I've made through the blogging community.


30 comments:

A Life Without Mofongo said...

Beautiful post, I thank God for my best friend, if it wasn't for her, my husband and my family I would be lost in this journey. God Bless you mama <3

Amanda said...

Wow! That sounds like an awesome trip filled with lots of friendship! I'm obviously super jealous that you got to meet Suzanne! Glad it all worked out!

Elena Ridley said...

I literally just finished working on my next post & most of it is about my amazing friends who have been there to support us. Nothing better than an amazing support system. That's so wonderful you got to meet your fellow blogger & be there to support each other on the same day at CCRM. Looks like you had a good time in CO, such a beautiful state!

Kasey A said...

I agree- the people I have met along the way have become the biggest blessing in this journey! So glad you had so many blessings out in Denver!!

Aubrey said...

This is so great! XO

Just T said...

There is nothing compared to great friendships and the support you get from them. The food looks very yummy! Fingers crossed for your upcoming report!

Infertile625 said...

Love that you had so many distractions in Denver to keep your mind busy!

Aramis said...

I love that you have so many friends in Denver to keep your mind occupied while you're there. Friends make everything better!!

Erika said...

That is so awesome that you've been able to see/meet so many people!! That makes the trip so much more tolerable and fun!! The food scene there looks amaaazing!!!

Ashley {Life on the Parsons Farm} said...

Beautiful! Sounds like you ha a great time with friends! How fun to meet up with a fellow blogger!

Jennifer T said...

How great to be able to spend time with so many friends! I love Suzanne too! Hope all goes as good as it possibly could for the both of you!

Meanttobemommy said...

I love love love True Food Kitchen! So yummy!!

Emily said...

You are so blessed with so many great friends, and they all happen to be good looking to boot! Look at you all! So purty ;)

BTW, NoRTH is one of our favorite spots as well! We have one in Austin...in love with the Farmer's Salad w/seared scallops on top. To die for!

Mrs. Lost said...

It looks like you have an amazing supports system. Such a blessing..

Caroline said...

This brings so much joy! I love to see how much community you were surrounded by! So sweet to see!

Elisha Kearns said...

Yes relationships are so key!! I loved this post. It was so great you were able to meet up with such great friends during your visit. Praying for you girlie!

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Janna Renee said...

I'm so sad you were so close and I didn't get to see you! I LOVE your jacket...

Amie said...

It sounds like you have amazing friends and all of you are beautiful too!! That is so neat to be able to meat someone from the blog world! It's pretty great to already "know" them so it's not like you are even really strangers :)

Lisamarie said...

You and all your friends are so beautiful. And your hubs is a good sport. I'm so glad you had some good times in Denver.

Lisa Mace said...

That is so awesome! I can't wait to meet some of the girls I follow! I glad you were able to meet up!

Ashley said...

That's awesome that you were able to see so many friends while you were there!

Chelley N said...

So glad you have such a support system in Denver! It's kind of great how that's worked out for you.

Morgan Brooks said...

I love this!! You look so happy! I just love all those pictures. I'm still praying that you get your take home baby this year as well! Xox

conceptionallychallenged said...

These all sound like wonderful meet-ups. I'm so glad you had this extra nice component to your trip!

Suzanne said...

Friends really do uplift the soul. What a perfect way to start this post. It was an absolute blessing to finally meet you and I hope that we get to meet again and at that point discuss how crazy in love with our babies we are!! I'm thinking about you constantly as you get through this waiting period. I'm so thrilled to call you my friend. xoxoxoxoxo

Darcie K said...

Love this post! I love True Foods Kitchen! Yum!

I love that you went to school at Cal Poly SLO. I went to Cuesta for a year, with plans to transfer to Cal Poly, but I met a boy and moved back home, and finished school there <3 Still, I love SLO, and the entire central coast. We are actually leaving Friday to go camping in Pismo, and I'm getting massage for my b-day in SLO :)

And Suzanne! How awesome that you guys got to meet up! I just adore both of you ladies and I wish nothing but the best for you both! You guys are both great spirits, and such strong women.

You're totally right. Life is better with friends. And, you nailed it that there is such a great connection between two friends that have struggled or are struggling with IF. It's a very comforting type of relationship.

Thinking of you xoxo

Marcy said...

I love this! Friends are so extremely important to living a full and interesting life. And that you met up with 4 from all kinds of life connections while in Colorado is truly amazing.

Lauren said...

I love this post! It is so beautiful and true!

Lauren,
http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

Amber said...

How wonderful that you had the opportunity to meet up with so many friends while you were in Denver!

Laura Provence said...

Random question...do you mind if I steal your "friends uplift the soul" picture for my blog? I love it!

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