(if you missed my first post about the Influence Conference, you can catch it HERE.–> there will also be more to come!)
we all know in our minds, that there are real people behind these blogs and tweets, but it’s hard to believe that people who you’ve been following (
or stalking) for awhile could really feel like friends you’ve known for a long time when you meet in real life.
friends, i’m here to tell you…..i’m a real person and i made REAL friends this weekend.
i heard their stories, they hugged away my tears, and we talked and talked like long lost sisters.
there was no going to bed early and no stats or statuses in sight.
these two were medicine for my soul. thank you for your friendships online, offline, and everywhere in between.
also, we have so many things in common from children’s ages, cookie preferences and of course, love for our Jesus.
i really can’t find the words to type to express my admiration and love for you both.
this girl, has been given the gift of encouragement and a beautiful, “winning” personality.
she has loved me so well ever since i met her in april.
this time was no different. she’s a bold, beautiful soul and dear friend.
why must we literally live on opposite sides of the country!?
oh, roomies, why were you so amazing! such a pleasure to call you my friends.
first, i have to say, this photo was taken after the amazing worship we all experienced together and i did some serious ugly-crying as i reflected about how the Lord moved through the entire weekend. thank you, Jesus!
these two girls were my first blogging friends and we have supported and encouraged each other through it all for the past two years. i love you both!
*now, i just wanted to note, that i was basically a “bad blogger” and took very few real photos because i was too busy hugging necks and enjoying our time together, BUT……
i couldn’t write a post about friends, new and old without telling you about
this girl (also my second cousin)
and this beautiful girl!
the only pictures i had of them was either
i know, i know….you can thank me later.
(insert flattering words about you both):
erin was such a joy to hang out with all weekend. her sister is my BFF, so it’s no surprise we get along so great. she’s a blogging inspiration as well as she’s got a lot of the strategy stuff already in place. basically, what i’m saying is, when i grow up, i want to be like her.
wow, a little starstruck (but didn’t let on) because this girl’s got a lot of amazing opportunities coming her way. she handles it all with grace though and i so appreciated our blogging talks. also, our babies share the same birthday!
also, can’t believe i didn’t get a picture with this girl. she’s my friend, designer, and all-around amazing women! miss you already
in the spirit of keeping this post less than 10,000 words, i have to also say there were so many of you that connected with me and i was beyond happy to meet you and hug you–
including but not limited to:
and so many more!
(you probably should go become friends with all my new friends—it’s the cool thing to do )