Before I ever started blogging, I read blogs. Back then, I didn't really know anyone personally that blogged. I had a few that I would read, but never imagined that I would ever read blogs written by people that I knew...or attempt to write one myself!
Nowadays, my google reader is brimming with blogs, many of which are written by people that I actually know. I have loved getting to know people better through the blog world. I feel so much more connected to people these days, even if they live miles and miles away.
One of my favorite bloggers happens to belong to an in real life friend. In fact, I think she was the first person that I actually knew that blogged.
Jennifer and I met in college. Other than my roommate, she was the first person that I met...and it happened before school even started...thank you sorority recruitment! While our paths didn't cross an awful lot, they crossed enough for me to know who she was...and I know that when I "grew up" I wanted to be just like her.
We weren't in the same sorority...sorry about that, Jennifer...but I always hoped that I would be able to impact my house the way she impacted hers. She knew what she stood for and lead by example. In fact, she still does, and I'm still trying to be like her!
Football season provided me a few opportunities to get together with Jennifer, her husband, little girl and precious family. I've loved seeing our friendship grow and develop.
All that to say, I realized a few weeks ago that she really doesn't live as far from me as I thought. December is a slower month for me work-wise, so I decided to take a day off and make the drive to visit her and her sweet little girl. We had a wonderful time catching up, sharing dreams and playing. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner!
Jennifer and I totally forgot to take a picture together that day...but we had the chance to see each other a few weeks ago when she came to Birmingham so I grabbed this one from her blog.
Waiting for our lunch...loved getting to play with Miss Charlotte!