Monday, November 10, 2014

When A Blog Friend Walks Into Your Home...and Into Your Heart

So it happened. After months of planning and dreaming and texting and hoping, Tara and I finally met. She drove hours and hours on a Friday afternoon and finally walked into our home. I cannot even tell you how surreal it was to see her standing in our kitchen. It was the first time she and I had met in person, but I knew instantly our souls were long lost friends. She belonged in our house. She just did.

It was apparent from the minute she walked in with that familiar, sweet smile on her face that she is as kind and genuine and sweet in person as she appears on her blog. It wasn't awkward or weird or anything. It was just a friend, hanging with us for the weekend.

We didn't do much. I wanted to be real. And do what we would usually do. Which is not much. We sat and talked for hours that first night. My family fell in love with her, just as I knew they would. Saturday morning we girls went to breakfast and then to a craft show before returning home to rest on the couch and talk some more.

Saturday evening the whole family went to Mass and then out to dinner. We returned home to snuggle on the sofa and talk and talk some more. Sunday came way too quickly, and we had brunch before she had to say goodbye and return to her own sweet family so far away.

Although it sounds as if we didn't do much, I wanted just that for her. I wanted her to come and curl up on the couch and drink tea. I wanted her to have a cozy, relaxing weekend here in our house in the country. And I hope and pray she did.

I cannot thank Tara enough for driving so far to meet me and my family. I cannot thank her enough for her friendship. Over two years ago, I left a comment on a very beautiful blog. Friday night, a friend walked into my home. And into my heart.


 
 
 
 
 
 















21 comments:

  1. Yay!! I'm so happy to see you two together. Sounds like you had a great time.
    It's so nice to see friendships blossom this way. I know of many bloggers who would love to meet you and your sweet family, including myself. But for now, I will just be thankful for your friendship in the blogospherere. Have a happy day.

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  2. I'm thrilled that you both had this experience. It's a very "complete" feeling, isn't it? This is when modern technology is just really a good thing. May these warm, happy feelings remain with you both for a long time!

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  3. Dear Billie Jo ... such sweet memories for you both. It sounds "perfect" ... simple precious time together. KINDRED HEARTS! Hugs ♥ Teri

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  4. Oh Billie Jo, this is so sweet and precious! What a blessing to be able to meet a fellow blogger. I would say the two of you are indeed Kindred Spirits :)

    Happy Monday! Hugs!

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  5. So happy for you both! You've got to love the internet!

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  6. SO glad you had a wonderful time!! I thought about you several times this weekend! SO, I want to know what food you made for meals....I know, I'm weird...

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  7. Sitting on the couch, sipping a drink and just talking...that would be my favorite bloggy-date. Hope WE can do that someday...ya never know!!!!???

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  8. I am so happy for you to have been able to finally meet your blog friend, and forever friend now.

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  9. I am so happy for you! That is how I felt when I met Sparky and her lovely husband Steve so many moons ago. Fast friends for life. One day, we (our families) shall meet as well. I am so happy that you finally met your blog friend. Blessings

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  10. Was I really there? I am sad today my friend. It went be too too quickly and I already want to come back. I will soon; I know it! Thank you for opening up your home to me; you heart to me; your family to me... love you all!

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  11. Billie Jo, what a wonderful weekend! It sounds perfect just to sit and chat over coffee and tea. I see the puppy on her lap! :-)

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  12. Looks like a great cozy weekend with friends and family!

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  13. This is so great to make such good friends through blogging. So neat that you two could get together for a lovely weekend.

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  14. What a beautiful gift friendship is. So happy you two had a great weekend!

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  15. It sounds like the perfect weekend! Those friends of the heart visits are the best and when they are long awaited, all the better. I am so glad that you and Tara were able to spend the time together and have a relaxing visit.

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  16. How wonderful that you and Tara were finally able to meet in person! It's amazing the wonderful friendships that can blossom online. I have met several of my online friends (in London, UK and in PEI, Canada). It was a dream come true for me...I'm sure it was the same for you! xx

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  17. How special for,the two of you... It sounds like you had a wonderful time together.

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  18. That is so awesome! Glad you guys were finally able to meet in person and have such a great weekend :-)

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  19. How exciting!! It sounds like you have a precious friendship. How wonderful that you got to meet each other, knowing that you were kindred spirits. It is so neat how God works things so that we are able to meet friends who are once-in-a-lifetime in how connected we are to them.

    Enjoyed all you shared about your weekend together and your photos.

    Blessings! Have a wonderful week :)

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  20. What a precious week end you were able to share with your dear blogging friend. This was such an encouragement to my heart, Billy Jo.
    Sitting on the couch, having a cup of tea and visiting sounds as lovely as it gets. :-)
    May you and Tara continue to grow close in your friendship.
    Sweet blessings to you, Debbie

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