5 on Friday

What a week. Seriously, its been one for the books. But, I wanted to take this opportunity to say something I never thought I would, goodbye.  One of my blogging and IRL besties is bidding adieux to her wonderful blog.  I blogged earlier this week about Jess and the terrible violation that occurred to her. Well, now she is doing what a good mama bear is to do and leaving the public blogger life.  I totally support her decision, but I admit I am sad.
Jess has been one of my blog besties for almost as long as I can remember.  She started following along my journey when I was blogging over at Illegally Blonde.  We bonded over working in law offices, trying to get pregnant and marriage.  She was there for me as I went through divorce, buying a single lady house, finding love again and now we shared motherhood.  We shared many a late night text when our babies were up and we were in need of support.  We met IRL when her sweet first baby was just a few months old, and she is truly one of my inner circle.
The news of someone trying assume her children as their own and steal her precious photos haunts me and makes me angry all at the same time.  It reminds us that we are not safe.  We can protect and protect, but in the end, no one is truly safe. I will miss opening my browser to see photos of her sweet babies, progress on the new pregnancy, and just her crazy life in general.  Its sad that the actions of one can force us to have to make decisions like this.  But like she said, family and kids come first.
Jess, know that I love you and I am always here for you.  The blogging community will miss you dearly, but I will miss you more.  Thank you for being a true friend to me.  Thank you for your constant, unwavering support, well-times scripture, intentional prayers, and love.  You will be missed, but never forgotten.