I am blessed beyond words. Not only did I marry a great man – part of my marriage package includes a great set of in-laws.
As a part of this prize package that I acquired upon becoming a Coppinger, I received two sisters-in-law: Matt’s sister, and Matt’s brother’s wife. Blessing upon blessing – all three of us get along.
Actually, to simply say that we “get along” may be an understatement. Our relationships are so much deeper than that. We laugh, we cry, we pray, we share…and oh my…we shop.
Which is what the three of us did for several days together last week. Don’t worry, we did much more than shop. We laughed, we cried, we prayed…and we ate cheesecake. It was awesome. Our get-away time together is something we started probably around eight years ago (none of us can remember exactly). Since the two of them live in California, and I live in Nebraska, we rarely see each other. Therefore, we’ve been intentional about meeting up for a long weekend every two or three years.
We now lovingly call our get-away time the “Coppinger Sister Symposium”. Sounds so much more fun and official than just a simple “sister weekend”, don’t you think? ;)
I flew to L.A. on Wednesday, and the fun began. (As did the lack of sleep. There was too much fun to be had!)
Here we are at Malibu beach one evening. Oh my word – I couldn’t get over the beauty. And joy upon joy, with bare feet in the glorious sand – I took off for a short run. Walking and jogging on the concrete of Nebraska may never be the same again after the exhilaration I felt during and after that run. Wowza.
Oh, and we saw dolphins! And as we watched the tide roll in, we sat on a blanket and shared – praising God for our marriages and children. The shopping, the partaking of awesome California food (can you say fresh strawberries?!) was all wonderful. But that time together on the beach, I will be gushing about forever.
I came home tired, yet incredibly refreshed and encouraged. I thank God for putting these wonderful gals in my life. (And a big shout-out goes to our three husbands who willingly and sweetly took over in our homes while we enjoyed our “CSS”.)
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