A very close friend of mine lost her mother at the end of last year to an unexpected brief battle with cancer. Brittany and her family are probably the kindest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Brittany especially, can light up a room with her smile and her giggly laugh. On the first day of our trip, Jay drove me to Brittany's house in Collierville, TN. Our friendship is one of those where we don't have to speak every day, every week, or every month...she will always be a best friend of mine. We pick up right where we left off like we never were apart. Jay got to meet Brit for the first time on our wedding day, so this was the first time that they have gotten to spend any time together. Jay took us to dinner and then we had coffee/dessert at IHOP until some time past midnight. We had such a great time catching up...and everywhere we went, Brittany knew at least five people! That's her personality. She loves people and she loves God. She is amazing.
|Jay and Brittany's dog Goliath!|
|Me and Brittany Draughon|
|At the entrance...it was a beautiful day.|
|Panda Bear!! Eating his bamboo. He had to be separated from his buddy because they couldn't get along. :)|
|This snow leopard was so cute. As soon as we walked up to his "habitat" he started pawing at the wire bars...I'm sure he was dreaming of malling us...but it was so cute! Then he chased his tail until he caught it.|
|This monkey carried his grass/hay on his head....|
|and then he would sit on it. so no one else could get it.|
|This bird surprised us by saying Hello!|
|Pausing for meditation and rehydration.|
|The sea lion exhibit! How cool! See Jay?|
|Waiting for Goldilocks?...|
Next blog post: Memphis continued...