C.S. Lewis once said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…’ “. True friendship is indeed a rare and splendid thing, and when you find it you should hold on tightly, for many are not lucky enough to know it. In our case, Christiana, Tera, and Bethany grew up in Siloam Springs where Shelby joined them in 10th grade. After graduating high school in 2009 and attending four different universities, they only grew closer in their friendship (Shelby went to Ouachita Baptist University, Christiana went to The University of Arkansas, Tera went to John Brown University, and Bethany went to Rogers State University). Since becoming friends, many things have changed; Tera and Bethany are both married, Tera has an adorable baby who just turned one, Christiana just returned from South Korea where she taught English, Shelby has traveled to 14 countries (and counting!) where she has studied, worked, and been a part of mission trips, and Bethany is working on her very own music!
Last summer there was a rather big change which, as with any change, has come with pros and cons. Tera’s husband Jeremy took a job as a worship pastor in Colorado Springs, which is a more permanent change than any of our past travels. Of course we are so excited for them and this incredible opportunity, but it makes the four of us getting together much more difficult. In a freak stroke of “luck”, due to our current collective unemployment, we were able to take advantage of lower gas prices and visit Tera for a whole week! This was a much needed trip for all of us and I think it is safe to say that our souls benefited from the balm of friendship. While Arkansas is known as the Natural State and houses many natural wonders, it was great to get out and see a part of the country the three of us weren’t used to. While traveling we used the hashtag #OakandEarthRoutes, so be sure to check out Instagram for some great shots of our trip. While there, we put together this blog as a way to stay connected and share our thoughts, projects, insights, recipes, reviews, and everything in between with the blogging universe. We are really excited about this (even if we are the only ones who ever read it) and hope that it serves to be our “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”; holding us together however far we may wander. We did a lot during our time in Colorado, including hiking at Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon, and Pikes Peak, exploring the funky and fun downtown Colorado Springs, eating (a lot), playing with Norah (insert oohs and aahs here), and visiting Tera and Jeremy’s church. The scenery was breathtaking, the conversation phenomenal, and did we mention the food yet? Our only regret is that it didn’t last longer. However, we feel incredibly blessed to have had the time we did. We hope you all enjoy keeping up with this blog and please feel free to get involved! Comment, make suggestions, let us know what you’d like to see more (or less) of! As previously stated, we are so excited to get started! Let the journey begin.