Today I passed that most important of blogging milestones (insert drumroll), in which I met--real live, in-the-flesh--some blogging buddies. Sisters Megan (Half Pint House) and Michelle (This One's For the Girls) were in my city visiting their parents, and they graciously invited my long-time friend Chilihead and me to join them for coffee. I will confess, going into it, I felt a little like a 16-year-old girl preparing for a blind date. Would we have anything to talk about? What if I seemed less "clever" in person than I do in writing? And immediately, of course, my fears were allayed, when the four of us began and chatting and laughing like old friends. We talked about our kids and our husbands, our hometowns and our future plans. We shared the struggle that comes with making schooling decisions for our kids, and we talked with warm affection about many of our "mutual friends" in the blogging community. After the time passed all too quickly, we parted with the promise of meeting again when they come back to our city.
And I'm left to wonder, as I have so many times before, what it is about this wild blogosphere that seems to foster deep friendships so quickly. Is it because we can reveal what's really in our hearts and discover--at our very first "encounter"--that the deepest parts of our hearts share similar yearnings and insecurities? Is it because we can push so quickly past the how-are-you's and find out what really makes another person tick?
I don't fully understand it, but that doesn't matter. What does matter is that in the short seven months I've been writing a blog, I have developed some powerfully rich friendships--friendships I fully expect to maintain for the rest of my life. So to you dear bloggin' friends of mine near and far, north and south, east and west and in the middle, long-time and newly-found, funny and serious, joyful and quiet, encouraging and convicting, moms of many and moms of one, pregnant moms and empty nesters, (and all the rest of you I simply ran out of time to list), I say thank you for making my world a bigger and better place.
I'll leave you with the picture of our morning meeting. Left to right, Michelle, the famously anonymous Chilihead, Megan and me. And the most adorable little pig-tailed head in the front belongs to my Corrie.
And you girls meeting in Idaho this weekend, I'll be with you in spirit, wishing I was there in person!
*UPDATED TO ADD: Speaking of loving each other across miles of computer wires, my sweet friend MomRN2 is undergoing a very hard struggle with her daughter right now. Their whole family needs our prayers. If you have time, would you stop by to encourage her, and most of all, to pray?