Monday, July 23, 2012

When blogging friends meet...


“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.” 




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... 




29 comments:

  1. Two beautiful women in these snapshots of a wonderful day.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Looks like you all had such a nice time! Vicky, I had some bad news last week. We found out that our grandbaby girl has infantile polycystic kidney disease. Her name is Evie Caris. You can read more about it on my blog post . We have been crying buckets of tears around here, but our peace comes from God. We aren't without hope, but we still feel the pain. Sarah has the sweetest blog (thenotsoharriedhousewife). you can find the link on my blog that you already follow: www.pilgrimstreehouse.com.
    I am glad you are doing so well!!
    your blog friend,
    Teresa

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Teresa- I'm so sorry to hear about your grand baby- I will come by the blog later... my prayers are with you.

      Delete
  3. Two lovely ladies! So happy for both of you that you finally got to meet!!! Eileen xxxooo

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great heartwarming story Vicky!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Woohooooooooooo!! I can only imagine you two would hit it off like peanut butter and jelly! She, like you, is the queen of gracious and lovely. What a great fit. So happy for you both and you look like you've been friends for a long while. :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Robynn,

      I know it would be no different for the two of us to meet! We've been on this journey for so long now too and I just know how it would touch my heart to be with you in person!!

      Delete
  6. Oh how wonderful!!! What a treasure it is to meet heart friends face to face!! So glad Vicky - so thankful you two had this time!!

    xoTiffany

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Tiffany- it truly was a treasured time for me! xoxo

      Delete
  7. It was one of my most favorite days ever. Loving you right back from here Sweet One xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. xoxo- its almost a week already and I feel like I could fill up another entire day effortlessly with you :)

      Delete
  8. Nice shot and so nice to meet people you havent seen in a while.:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Vic-its wonderful to meet someone you've mostly known through written words :)

      Delete
  9. Vicky, you are both gorgeous, inside and out from what I can tell. :) I'm so, so happy you've gotten this chance. I've been there and know what a thrill it is to meet a blogging friend for the first time, including you! :) Usher's will always be that place where I had the joy of seeing you in real life. Let's do it again soon. I'm ready!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Roxane- oh yes, I would love to see you again! Soon- my schedule will settle again fairly soon and I will get in touch :)

      Delete
  10. Vicky--how precious and wonderful!! As a blogger friend--I so get it! You both are so beautiful! How exciting!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Kim, I truly love how excited you all are for me! I hope you are doing well!

      Delete
  11. Dearest Vicky,
    Seeing the two of you together....Oh, what a sweet way to begin my day!
    It is so evident as I look at your darling faces that you both have a heart after God's own heart.
    I'm so happy that you were able to meet face to face. I am indebted to Robin. When she shared your story on her blog...so long ago...I began praying for you daily. God has used her testimony, encouraging words and deeds to His glory.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful meeting, my precious friend!
    Blessings,
    Carolynn {{{warm hugs}}}

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so grateful Carolynn for all those prayers! Robin has supported me through so much and it is truly I who am indebted to her for bringing me such wonderful people like yourself :) Hugs to you sweet friend!

      Delete
  12. I am so glad you got to spend time together! How exciting! Hugs to you. Love you bunches.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow, beautiful pictures and you both look happy and just fabulous. It is very exciting Vicky to finally meet after all this time. And the hotel looks amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Do hearts smile? I know they do!! I see them in you both and feel them through this post. I'm so glad that you and Robin met. My heart smiles with both of you.
    Much love,
    Jackie

    ReplyDelete
  15. OH, how amazingly fun! I would love to meet my blogger friends. SO glad you got to meet her and have a fun day. :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. It is wonderful that the two of you could finally meet and spend time together. Meeting folks we meet online is such a treat and I believe we all should do more of it. Thank you for sharing your heartwarming post Vicky.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm so happy you guys got to meet! What a wonderful time for both of you. I cannot even imagine how big you both must've been beaming! What fun!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I just entered a comment but have no idea whether it was published. So, I will start again by thanking you for the great photos of downtown Minneapolis. I have been away from my city of birth for almost 50 years and to see these photos and those of your home, etc. is absolutely heart warming. I loved the dedication to your Father and I copied it and sent it on to my children and a friend in remembrance of my lovely daughter who died 13 years ago. I also loved the dedication to your friend and so appreciated the photo of the Foshay Tower which was the tallest building in the city when I was living there! I will follow your postings just to re-kindle the love of my life in that great city of Minneapolis. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete

I welcome what you have to say. Thanks for taking the time to grace me with your thoughts and words!

When you get lucky

When you get lucky

Popular Posts

Minnesota.com

Minnesota.com - MN Weather, Map, Businesses and Blogs