“How many slams in an old screen door?
Depends how loud you shut it.
How many slices in a bread?
Depends how thin you cut it.
How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live 'em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give 'em.”
She is Robin~ All Things Heart and Home.
We've logged hundreds of posts together. We both started blogging about the same time 4 years ago. Our hearts were drawn to the same blogs. Our comments mingled side by side, till one day we visited each other. Then we spent hundreds of hours of reading, learning, and knowing each other. We've sent emails, texts, cards, gifts and notes. We've celebrated the birth of her grand babies, the weddings of her daughters. We've mourned and grieved- the passing of my father, then Sara's father, then our precious Sara.
We've talked about laying eyes on each other.
We had planned to visit Sara.
Sara left us all too soon.
And life kept happening.
My breast cancer diagnosis.
Her Celiac Disease.
Hockey- all things boys -hockey.
So this time when she offered to fly with her daughter to a conference in Minneapolis. I simply said "yes." I longed- too long- for it to be yes.
I dared hardly tell anyone. I was holding my breath, crossing my fingers that this was our time.
We had the best day!
Moments after meeting. We fell right into step. We talked and remembered. We chatted and laughed. We hugged and grew teary eyed. Time was fleeting. I had no desire to check my phone. No need to monitor my family. All was right with my world.
Whenever we need a hotel downtown Minneapolis, we've discovered Hotwire is the way to go for us. We know that at least a 3.5 star hotel will be clean, comfortable and close to all that we want to do. Plus, the rooms are deeply discounted. We were surprised when this time the name of the hotel was revealed as The W at the Foshay Tower. The Foshay Tower is a landmark building modeled after the Washington monument, and it used to be the tallest building in Minneapolis. The IDS building (below) now towers over the landscape.
The sun was just setting as we walked over to Pizza Luce.
And this is what the W hotel looks like on the inside. In keeping with the Art deco theme of the original building- the wow factor was big.
Our day came to a close all to quickly...
Robin is everything I knew her to be and more. She is soft spoken grace. I'm used to the love that permeates her words. In real life, she simply radiates that warmth and light that makes you feel loved- and that is her special gift.
She is all things heart. She is all things home. She is Robin and I am the lucky one who calls her friend.
Today is her birthday. Happy Birthday sweet friend! Love you to the moon...