Friday, July 24, 2009

Excitement and Anticipation Abound

I am sitting here in my hotel room in the Great Smoky Mountains while my guys are about 30 minutes away at a football camp in North Carolina with Tyler's Uncle Marty's (Roger's brother) team. I just heard from Tyler and he just finished their first 4 hour practice, had an unlimited pizza feast and was ready for bed. Their next practice is at 6 AM tomorrow and 3 more will follow that day. I am drving back down there to watch their scrimmage at 2 PM.

As I sit here alone except for the company of my sweet dog, Biscuit , my anticipation and excitement is building toward our trip from North Carolina on to Florida on Sunday.

The end of May, Laurie and I went to meet Laurie Ann, my 1st meeting of a bloggy sister and now, I've been bitten by the "meet your bloggy sister bug". LOL!

Now, I am going to meet my 2nd ever bloggy sister, Kim from Homesteaders Heart who has so generously offered us a place to stay at the beach. While we are there, Debra from Clothed With Scarlet will come down for a day at the beach as well. So, that means meeting bloggy sister #3.

We will be staying with them from Sunday evening until mid-day on Thursday. We are planning on just relaxing, enjoying the beach, sun, sand and making memories as a family but also with new friends.

Kim...just a word of warning...we are from Arkansas and I know, I sound "country". That is why I have put off calling but type instead. LOL! *sigh* It's ok if you laugh at our southern drawl.

Then, it is off to Orlando where we will stay for 2 1/2 days. We have to check in the hotel, so my sweet doggy will have a cool place to stay while we hit 3 parks in 2 1/2 days. We are going to Wet 'n Wild on Thursday evening. I figured that after several days at the beach, we wouldn't mind going to a water park at night...they stay open till 9 PM. Then it will be off to Universal Studios on Friday and Sea World on Saturday before getting up early Sunday morning for a nearly 12+ hour drive home. Ughhh...I dread that part of the trip :-(

Friday morning, is another bonus to the already memory making trip. I am meeting Lisa with Sharing Life with Lisa. She is picking me up at our hotel Friday morning for breakfast and a time of fellowshipping together.

If you had asked me over a year ago if I would ever be willing to go meet ladies that I have "talked" to online...I would have said "no way!" There are a few friends that don't write blogs, read blogs or follow blogs that thinks this is very "brave" of me/us to do this. But, after following these ladies blogs, being their friends on Facebook and emailing...I feel like I already know these ladies just haven't met them face to face.

Ladies, I am so excited that all the planning is over and that we are going to be meeting in just a few short days. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to meet me and my family on this memorable trip to the Sunshine State.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. Woo! Hoo! Isn't it exciting? I love it!!!!
    Big hugs to you my sweet friend and travel safe!

  2. So glad you are being blessed by meeting some bloggy friends sweetie. I love you.

  3. Love the great smokies and love fla., too. Hope you and Biscuit have a great evening.
    Blessings on your journey!

  4. Jenn,

    Please stop by my blog for a little something just for you today!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  5. Blog friendships are great. It's an amazing way to meet new friends.

    An Arkies Musings

  6. Have lots of fun....Cant wait for the post about it........

  7. Jennifer,

    How did I miss all these posts? Good Grief! I know that you are going to have the best time meeting Kim Debra and Lisa. Hug their necks for me too. I am super jealous!
    Have a blessed time!

  8. Aww--- sounds like a great time for everyone!! :)

    Seriously, hope you enjoy your time away from AR.--Leave your worries and stress back home and enjoy!! :)

  9. I hope you all have a lovely time! I know you will! Take lots of pictures!

  10. Jennifer, I'm not sure why I never met you online yet because we share many of the same bloggy friends. I think I may have to follow you. Gosh, that sounds weird if you didn't know what that meant. LOL.

    I linked here from Kim's blog and I know Debra and of course, Lisa Shaw. They are all some of my favorite bloggy buds. I know you'll have fun with your southern accent and all. I'm sure they will enjoy it.

  11. Praying for your meetings and I hope that you have an awesome time away! and don't worry about your southern accent ... you will be leaving a print on their hearts forever with that sweet southern talk of yours! love you.

  12. I'm excited for you Jenn! I hope you're having a great time! <3 u

  13. I had such a blessed time today with you my new friend. I love ya! I'm doing a blog now about our time...I truly am glad that God linked our hearts. You're beautiful!

  14. Sweet was a blessed time indeed! Love ya bunches! Happy Monday!


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