jenny, carolyn, katie, michelle, me, lorraine, diane, laura and amy all met for dinner on the roof deck of carolyn's house a week ago. we were wrapping up discussions on our book, "revelations of a single woman: loving the life i didn't expect." ironically, no one actually finished the book except for jesse (not pictured), who is married. it's a great book, i just lost momentum. still, i'd recommend it to a friend.
anyway, more importantly, i love these girls. together with christina, anne marie, anna, christy, and others not present last week, we've really developed a group of young women who can speak openly with one another about life and faith. i wonder what that will look like when i leave (on august 7, yes, i fly out on my birthday). will i find an authentic community in cotonou? i'm not even sure what this group back home will look like 2 months from now. already, anna and christy have moved to other countries. soon i'll do the same, along with carolyn and anne marie.
things change even when you stay put.