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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tomorrow's surprise finally came

A little over two years ago when I first started blogging I use to wander around the blogging world (just like I do now). I stumbled upon a post about a woman setting up a special trip. She was going out of town, excited about visiting a special friend.

The kicker was that she had never actually met the person before.

She flew across several states to meet in person someone she had been talking to in blogland and through E-mail. Someone she had bonded with, and shared similar traits with, and moments of joy and pain with.

I thought that was just so weird.

Seriously.... w e i r d.

So, here I am, two years later, driving several hours away in order to meet, in person, someone I have been talking to in blogland.
Someone I have bonded with, and shared similar traits with, and moments of joy and pain with.

Tricia and I have only been commenting on each other's blogs for about 6 months now. It's amazing how quickly you can learn to love someone.

Her faith builds me up, her prayers have covered me more then once, and I am so thankful for her friendship.

Today, I got to hug her. God is so good!

Since I am still not "allowed" to drive on the interstate, my wonderful friend Mary drove me north. It made it easier to meet someone new, having her along too. I am so proud of Tricia for being brave enough to come alone!
Tricia lives out of state, but is in GA right now visiting other friends. When we found out we were going to be this close (rather then several states away from each other) we decided that we should try to meet.

My boys nearly sat on "Butterfly" while watching her play the gameboy.

"Butterfly" and Maddy did some drawing.

The Burger King we met at had a wonderful playground...

which the boys played on non-stop.

Even the big girls joined in a couple of times!

"FigNewTon" took a moment out to work on some school and I caught this shot. Isn't this a beautiful picture? I just LOVE homeschooling!

Today was amazing. Meeting Tricia was wonderful. But that isn't really what made it wonderful. I already knew Tricia. We had shared words and prayers, worries and encouragement. Just because I hadn't seen her, hugged her, or heard her laugh - that didn't make her an less real.
What made today wonderful was getting to see her two little miracles in person. You can blog about your children, and what God has done in their lives, but nothing compares to seeing it in person. Her girls will never just be "her girls" that I read about - they will be the amazing young women that I got to meet today.
So really, I met three people today. One that I already knew, and loved, and was just waiting to be able to hug. But also two others that make me so excited for the future, but who make me want to go sit on my kids, to perhaps make them slow down on the growing up?!
Yes, today was a really good day. But I certainly would never have imagined I would be this weird two years ago!

4 comments:

autumnesf said...

These are 3 of my most favorite people in the whole wide world. And they are stopping here on the way home! ar

Tricia said...

I thought there was a rule somewhere about not making friends cry. That was the sweetest post. And yesterday will go down as one of my favorite days on this trip. I am so glad we got to spend the afternoon together. It was so worth the trip!

Carrie said...

That is so fun! I have several people that I would love to meet "in real life" so maybe one day! You have given me hope! I have also read Tricia's blog and feel like seeing pictures of her daughters on your page just kind of brings two worlds into collision. Like a cross-over episode of two tv sitcoms or something! :)

Tricia said...

How fun! Tricia and I have shared blog comments. She is truly an inspiration.