Last summer I emailed Missy at It's Almost Naptime to see if she wanted to host a get together for Houston bloggers. She said yes and we were both excited about it, then one of us flaked. I'll let you guess who it was. Me! Totally me! Thanks to Missy and her bloggy friend Amy, a little meetup happened on Tuesday night. We had a great time over Mexican food. Debra even came and brought baby Jude! He was so adorable, y'all. It made me sad about my baby getting so big.
Lindsee Lou called called our blog meetup a "blogup," which is brilliant. I met Lindsee when she came to our LIT Bible study a while back and I've loved getting to know her in person. She has such an amazing heart for the Lord and for ministering to younger girls. She is an absolute jewel.
Bueno, aqui esta el grupo:
Julie/Elisharose News, Amy/Mom's Toolbox, Beth/Not a Bow in Sight, Ashley/Life Beyond the Pink, Lindsee/Lindsee Lou, Missy/Barefoot Family, Me, Kristy/Kiki's Crowd
Missy/It's Almost Naptime, Callie/Smith Live, Heather/Step Inside, Debra/One Girl, Kristen/We Are THAT Family, Leslie/The Late Bloomers, Allison/ It Feels Like Chaos, Michelle/ Usr/bin/mom.
(I just ripped that off Missy's blog. Missy, I'll buy you a Coke tomorrow.)
When we moved back to Houston two years ago, the Lord surprised me with a handful of new and very dear friends through blogging. The first one was Missy B.. She recognized me from the blog and introduced herself after our step aerobics class one night. We had gone to the same college and had volunteered for the same ministry there, but we'd never known each other. We endured many nights of aerobics together before I got pregnant with Annabeth, then wimpy me set out for the next 9 months. Not long after that, Missy was expecting too and we both had girls! It's been a lot of fun to share that. I have loved getting to know Missy and she is one of my favorite people on earth. I can't tell you how many times she's texted me in the morning and told me to look on my doorstep for some yummy baked goods that she dropped off on the way to work. Everyone needs friends like that.
Six months after we moved here, I was sitting at our church's women's retreat with some girls from my Sunday school class. There was one extra seat at our table and a girl named Kristy came and sat with us. We didn't talk much and I had no idea how much that tall, beautiful pregnant lady would mean to me in the coming months. She and her husband started coming to Curt's Wednesday night Bible study at our church and we became close friends. Baby Levi was born that November and Annabeth came a few months later. Jackson loves her older boys, Sage and Kolby, to pieces. Kristy is a wise, fun, thoughtful, godly friend who makes me feel like I might be able to make it through this motherhood thing. She was also my moral support when we went to Monster Jam last year and I worried that my water might break and begin the most embarrassing birth story of all time.
Last spring I met Heather through the MOPS group we were both attending. Heather had just moved to the area from Nashville. Get this, she found out they were moving while she was still in the hospital after having her third baby. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE? I have loved getting to know Heather for the last year. She is so easy to talk to and to laugh with. We have had some fun girl outings around town and even today we were emailing back and forth about a little spa day in our future. Heather might not think this about herself, but she is a strong person and I really admire her. Annabeth is very blessed to be about a year younger than Heather's baby girl, Mollie Kate. Some of AB's cutest clothes have come straight out of her closet.
When you're a busy mom you don't exactly have time to meet up with each one of your friends every week or talk on the phone forever, it's neat to be able to connect with them through their blogs. I felt like I knew each of these ladies really well before we had really hung out enough for that. Instant intimacy in a relationship can be a warning sign, so I'm not saying that. What I am saying is that it's cool to get to read what's on your friends' hearts on a regular basis.
Now let's talk about something completely vain. I had possibly the worst hair day of my life on Tuesday. I let it air dry too long before fixing it and it was hideous. It was a bummer because I knew pictures would be taken at the blogup. However, the last blogup I went to was at the Proverbs 31 Ministries/KSBJ Girls Night Out last January. (That's when I met Missy@It's Almost Naptime and thought she was the cutest thing ever.) I had closely guarded any pictures of me in my third trimester and very few appeared on my blog. Ironically, about A WEEK BEFORE I GAVE BIRTH TO MY CHILD, I met all of these wonderful bloggers and my huge pregnant face appeared in group pictures on multiple blogs. Awesome, right? No bad hair day could possibly be worse than that.
This weekend is the Siesta Scripture Memory Team Celebration for our LPM bloggers. I will be helping host this along with my mom and sister. I absolutely cannot wait! We had a great time at the Siesta Fiesta in San Antonio and this one may be even better because we'll have more time with our girls.
Can you feel the bloggy love? It's all over the place!