Enjoying (in)RL Friends in Hilton Head

by jessicaturner on September 16, 2011

Thank you to everyone who has written such beautiful words about Sara. She was so honored and humbled by the words yesterday. If you haven’t linked up yet, it isn’t too late. Her family continues to read her posts, emails, Facebook messages, etc.

Today I wanted to share a bit about my (in)courage writers retreat trip to Hilton Head, which Sara got to be a part of (more to come). I know she would want me to share these photos and about this special time.

To be honest, I was a bit nervous about bringing Adeline. She is a very good baby, but she is still nursing and napping a lot. I wondered, will the other girls mind? Will it be inconvenient?

It was perfect and glorious.

My heart is so full.

You see, while we come from all over – from the west to the east coast and everywhere in between – we are real life friends (and real life friends do NOT mind babies – they love them and you!).

Real life friends celebrate joys and pray though heartaches.

Real life friends love on our babies.

Robin making Adeline smile big

Real life friends revel in the gift of motherhood and the cuteness of our babies together.

Zoe and Adeline

Real life friends cheer for book releases.

Emily signing her book, Grace for the Good Girl

Real life friends walk on the beach and pose for dozens of pictures.

Ann and me

Real life friends help one another with silly photo shoots of babies in bathing suits.

Adeline lounging (Nester was just on the edge!)

A mini photo shoot on the beach, thanks to Ann

And babies in bike baskets.

Bike basket shoot thanks to Lisa Leonard

Real life friends skype friends who can’t come to the beach. {Skyping with Sara was a highlight of the trip. She had told me in the weeks leading up to the trip, as she was getting sicker, that she was trying to rest and rest just so she could skype. To see everyone crowding around the computer and for her to get to say hello to so many of the women she has grown to love was beautiful. I wept.}

Thrilled to see Sara


Group photo with our girl

Real life friends richly love.

Together at sunset

These women are some of my dearest friends, despite the miles separating us, and this annual Hilton Head weekend together nourishes the innermost parts of my soul.

I’m so thankful.

This year, we made a special announcement about how to connect (in)courage beyond the online community and (in) real life! I hope you will check out this video, then click here for a few more details and to to sign up.

It’s always better to be together (in)RL, isn’t it?

Pictures by Ann Voskamp, Emily Freeman, Dawn Camp and me. Special thanks to DaySpring and Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce who hosted the (in)courage bloggers for a long weekend of dreaming, praying, and planning for the (in)courage community, along with relaxation and fun. Resort Rentals of Hilton Head Island generously provided beautiful beach front accommodations and Low Sea Bike, Beach and baby Rental, Inc. provided bikes. DaySpring took care of all the incidentals and meals for each of the bloggers. If ever you’re looking for a family vacation destination, this is it! Special thanks to Jessica Gardo from the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce for helping coordinate our trip and being simply fabulous the entire weekend.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Hope September 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

What a beautiful post! It’s so wonderful to see so many amazing women sharing time together! :)


jackie carl (marion, in) September 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

What a precious, precious post.
What a gift in having all of these preicous ladies as your precious friends.
Thank you for sharing.
(P.S. I like the word “precious”, can you tell ?) :-)


Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama September 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

Oh my heart!! Our girls together gets me all teary. You totally owe me those photos still!!!

Love you Jess


Nicole @Team Pipkin September 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

What amazing gift your friendships are. You all are so blessed to have each other. Its sounds like an amazing weekend.


Amanda September 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Loved your pics! So glad everyone had fun – I love the picture of all of you, including Sara! :) in the first photo, where did you get Adelines quilt? It’s beautiful!! Please do share


Shelly September 17, 2011 at 12:41 am

What a beautiful, touching post. Thank you for sharing this…my heart, too, is full. I can’t wait to link up in April, and to know you all better. Praying for all of you, and for Sara.



Sandy Sandmeyer September 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

Jessica, I have always wanted to have a group of good girl friends, but never had that. I’m jealous! I’ve pretty much had just one friend at a time. You are so blessed with a great group of friends. BTW, just by posts of Sara’s friends, I’ve been able to find a great group of bloggers to follow.


Karen Jo Moseley September 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Hi Jessica ~ What Treasures you have in those Friends! Gifts from Him. I am so sorry to hear about Sara. For You & Me & All who love her. My life is very similar to Sara’s. It’s wonderful that she has so many friends! He led me here today. I need some friends. Life is more difficult, when you live it with no friends. I hope you’ll leave a comment on my blog. I would be so happy!
May He Bless this coming week for you & your family! ~ Jo


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