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Seems like the only time that I wite a blog is on Saturday!  The weeks seem to fly by me and before I know it, it's Saturday again!  

This is a special Saturday for me.  It is the annual Planning Weekend for a group of high school friends and I.  Every year for the past 12 years we have taken a long weekend trip together.  This is the weekend that we decide where our trip will take us this year.  There are 4 of us now.  When we started doing this all of those years ago there were 5 of us.  On our third year trip we spent the weekend with our fifth member who was dying of brain cancer.  At her funeral service the following year, we vowed that we would continue getting together every year for as long as possible.  Our first toast of the wine glasses at the beginning of each trip is to Dory, our dear friend.

We've been to Clear Lake, Minneapolis, Decorah, Kansas City, Michigan, Illinois, Florida and many places in between.  Wonder where we'll end up this year??  Wherever it is, what is important is that we continue to get together, laugh, drink a little wine, play dominoes and cards, eat and laugh until our stomachs and cheeks hurt.  It's one of those important things in life.

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Comment by Carol Wadkins on April 1, 2014 at 7:43am

How awesome that you four are continuing to get together yearly. Sounds like a very special group and a great time for you all. God bless good friends!


Comment by Roxann on March 30, 2014 at 4:45pm

You never know what tomorrow will bring and I think it's awesome you and your friends do this! 

So sorry to hear about your friend but there is no doubt in my mind she is toasting right there with you every year!

Comment by Karla Ridpath on March 30, 2014 at 3:19pm

It was a wonderful weekend.  We're going to go to Hannibal, MO this year.  But as many of you said, it doesn't matter where we go, we'll make many more good memories!  Thanks all!

Comment by Barbara Graham on March 30, 2014 at 11:13am

Good for you! That sounds like a wonderful time. With good friends, it doesn't matter where you are.

Comment by Barb/WI on March 29, 2014 at 4:52pm

Good for all of you!  It is too easy to skip a year, then two, and suddenly it's never the same.  That kind of bond with friends is priceless.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 29, 2014 at 2:23pm

What a great thing to do.  Some things are just too important to give up.  I'm so glad you are still close, still friends and still committed to continuing the tradition.  

Comment by Donna Sykes on March 29, 2014 at 10:22am

Have fun planning this year's trip. It doesn' t really matter where you go as long as you go. After such a weekend with good friends you feel reguvenated and refreshed and can deal with life and everyday things until the next time.

Comment by Terry F on March 29, 2014 at 9:45am

What a wonderful thing!

Comment by Lynne on March 29, 2014 at 9:19am

Karla,,, sounds like a lot of fun.  Dory will always be with you in memories.  I recently connected with some high school friends, we meet every other month for lunch,, and a 3 hour visit!!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 29, 2014 at 8:35am

You've got that right!  Congratulations on the long friendships, and keep it up.  Happy planning.

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