You all know I love to meet bloggy friends when I travel. I was so blessed to meet two of my blogging friends in Lancaster last week - or has it been almost 2 weeks ago already?
For several months, I've known that my friend Christina at HSKubes Haven at Home would be bringing her eldest to begin college, so we made plans to meet in the campus coffee shop on Sunday afternoon. It turned out that Christina didn't get to come after all, but her husband and daughter would still meet with our family on Sunday. Imagine my delight when Wes and I sat down for Sunday school in the main auditorium and there, across the aisle from us in the same row, were Christina's husband and daughter! I recognized them immediately, and when we had the fellowship time I went over and asked the young lady if she was who I thought she was (I actually called her name, but I believe Christina protects her children's names online, and I want to be careful to respect her privacy!). I told her who I was, and that sweet girl hugged me like I was a long-lost relative! Wes and I introduced ourselves to her father, and then we met again on Sunday afternoon at the coffee shop. Beth and Christina's girl hit it off right away and chattered the entire hour, and Wes and Christina's husband got along quite well too (he is in the Marines and Wes was in the Air Force, so they talked military stuff the whole time). I saw Christina's daughter a couple more times during the week we were there, and let me tell you, this girl will do well! She is not a bit shy, she is enthusiastic about everything that's going on, and she loves life and loves the Lord deeply. Every time I saw her and asked how she was doing, she replied, "Great! I'm lovin' it!" :) I can't wait to see how the Lord uses this girl!
Another of my bloggy friends, Jennifer of Creative Learners, actually lives near Lancaster and goes to the church there. She and I met briefly when we took Samuel down for school his freshman year, but this time I invited her to join us for coffee on Sunday afternoon too. She made the time in her busy schedule (she just started working on her degree in elementary and special education - she inspires me - plus she homeschools her children and is active in the local homeschooling community) to come by, and she even had her husband and children drop by on their way to various meetings and practices to meet us. Then, while the others talked to their new friends, Jennifer and I talked homeschooling and college. You know those people you just click with, like old friends? Jennifer was like that for me! I really hated to see our hour come to an end, but I'm so glad we got to know each other a little better this time, and I look forward to seeing her more through our years of having children at WCBC.
The one thing I forgot to do was take pictures! When I'm in the excitement of the moment I always forget to take a picture. But I will have those memories forever!
Have you met any online friends?