Friday, May 22, 2009 will always be a day that I remember. It is one that brought me face to face with a precious bloggy sister that I have blogged with, emailed and texted for many months.
When I started blogging over a year ago, I never thought that I would actually ever get to meet any of the ladies that I have grown to love and consider friends of mine. This past Friday changed all of that for me.
Laurie from Women Taking A Stand and I left at 9 AM to drive 2 hours south down into Mississippi to meet Laurie Ann from A Magnolia's Heart Beats. Laurie Ann drove 2 hours north to meet us.
We met at McAlister's for lunch. We knew that we would be spending several hours chatting and we didn't want to hold up any one's table, so this seemed like the perfect solution.
We had beautiful weather and we sat outside for 2.5 hours...eating and fellowshipping before having to head back home. I wasn't ready to leave then! I could have sat there for several more hours but because Laurie had a graduation to attend and my family was leaving for a camping weekend with friends...we had to go. :-(
Meeting Laurie Ann for the first time was like seeing an old friends that you haven't seen in years. There was never an awkward moment, never a lack of things to talk about and such easy talking.
We wrapped up our visit by taking pictures out by the beautiful landscape in the front "yard" of McAlister's and stood together, holding hands in a circle and Laurie prayed a powerful prayer over our time that we spent together and our return home to our families.
We discussed our next get together...I can't wait to spend more time with Laurie Ann!
Laurie Ann and Me (Jennifer)
Laurie Ann and Laurie