Don't mind the tongue. We make great first impressions. And if that didn't do it, maybe the fact that Addilyn and I both smelled like poop thanks to the worst diaper blow out in the car on the way, which resulted in some side of the road, two person clean up.
But thankfully Liz and Emma didn't seem to care. I've followed Liz and her blog since I started blogging. We got pregnant around the same time, although Liz's baby girl was born quite early and spent a long time in the NICU. I remember praying for Emma quite often, as I couldn't imagine going through that, especially after spending only one night home from the hospital without Addilyn. Liz is such an amazing example of trusting in God's protection and plan. Reading her posts and getting to know her has been an encouragement to me and my own walk with God.
(And p.s. I'm jealous of how cute she looks in hats.)
I had no plans of meeting Liz on our family vacation and didn't even know I'd be close to her until she messaged me when I posted a picture of us at the airport. So Chris, Addilyn and I drove back to Buffalo, NY during the week and I got to meet her and Emma (and Liz's sweet friend Brittany) for lunch.
And it was wonderful. When I got home my mom asked if it was awkward or if we ran out of things to talk about. Not at all. I'm pretty confident we could spend all day together and have plenty to talk about. I wish weren't so far away and am working on getting Liz and Emma to make a trip out to Chicago sometime!
Now I can't lie and tell you I didn't start thinking on the way home about what dumb things I might have said, or if I was a good listener or made a good impression. But Liz texted me and said she had a great time, so let's hope she wasn't lying.
Sharing your life on the internet is a little weird at times. Counting people you've never met as real friends seems strange. But what a blessing to connect with others that are in the same stage as you, to pray for and encourage each other and then to get to meet, hug and have your sweet girls meet too.
Thanks Liz for driving to meet us! We LOVED it.