As Jessie implied in a comment last week, we got to meet yesterday!
Jessie first found my blog last fall while searching for other bloggers that had listed common interests. Like her, I had listed "Psalms" under favorite music, so she clicked on my blog and left a comment :). After a few comments back and forth on each other's blogs I decided it would be more efficient to just e-mail her, only to check new comments to my blog and discover that she was thinking the same thing! We have since been e-mailing back and forth quite a bit, as well as visiting each other's blogs. I have found such a kindred spirit in Jessie, and she has been such an encouragement to me this past year. We have swapped prayer requests often and encouraged one another.
I was so excited a few weeks ago when Jessie told me that her family was going to be in my area for a wedding. I had a rather goofy grin on my face when I asked my mom if we were doing anything on Saturday, August 12th :). We didn't have long together because Jessie and her family weren't in town long, but we met for an early supper at Ruby Tuesday's.
I had never met an "online friend" in person before, so it was a new experience for me. Sherrin recently noted how odd it is that you can get to know someone so well online - her interests and pursuits, her friends and family, her likes and dislikes - but not know how to pronounce her name or recognize the sound of her voice. It was nice to finally put a voice with Jessie, and she actually sounded like I imagined :). Her parents and siblings were sweet, and her sister Hannah recited to me my now-close-to-world-famous Yellow Poem :-D. It's wise to encourage an appreciation of poetry from a young age ;). I also got to meet one of my favorite literary characters. . . or at least a close substitute.
The one downside was that we only had about an hour :(, but I was thankful for that! Hopefully next time (because I hope there will be a next time!) we'll have longer. It is a shame we don't live closer. . .
Before we parted Jessie gave me a beautiful apron she sewed out of some fun fabric with gingerbread men and rolling pins.
Despite my good intentions to do so, I forgot to bring a camera yesterday, so you'll have to rely on Jessie for pictorial evidence of our meeting :).
And if any of my other blog friends are ever in Metro Atlanta, let me know!