SO - I know I've been MIA from my blog for quite a while now! First, we had my BIL & SIL at our house for a super fun-filled week, and then we headed to IA to visit our families. But I hadn't had enough vacation yet, so when Hubby headed back to NY today, I decided to stay with his parents (and the kids) for another week. :) They're heading to our house in NY next week, so the kids and I will ride out with them then, and hopefully this will give me a chance to see even MORE friends and family during this week!
Speaking of seeing friends, I had TWO chances this week to get together with two of my bloggy friends who I often see on the internet, but don't often (ever) get a chance to see in real life! (In case you were wondering, MIRL means Meeting in Real Life).
The night we arrived at Hubby's parents house, his parents were helping with a conference at a nearby church, so we stopped by to let them see the kids before they went to bed (totally random and unplanned). When I walked in, I saw Sarah's husband, and even though everyone else was wearing dresses and suits, I just had to go into the fellowship hall in my jeans & t-shirt to find her! We were able to chat for a few minutes, and it was delightful! If you aren't reading her blog, you should be! She and her husband have just gone through a great crisis of faith, and I have been amazed at how she has praised God even through this time of pain. Her faithfulness is such an encouragement to me!
Then, on Saturday, Erin was able to work me into her busy schedule, and we got together for some delicious coffee at Panera, and some wonderfully delightful conversation! :) She's even sweeter and funnier in person than she is on her blog! :) We had a great time talking, and laughing together, and it was such an encouragement to me to be able to get together and just hang out for a little while! :) We actually got a picture of us together, too, which I shamelessly stole from Erin. :) If only my eyes were open... :)
You definitely need to be reading her blog, too - she is an amazing writer, hilarious at times, but perfectly serious when she needs to be - she always either makes me laugh or draws me closer to Christ - sometimes both. :)
I'm so thankful for these opportunities I've had to meet some of my internet friends in real life - what a blessing!!!