Sunday, July 31, 2011

Do You Ever Wonder Why You Blog

There have been times that I have questioned why I love this thing called blogging so much. 


Why do I spend a little too much time checking out what everyone is doing in their homes and not doing what I need to do in my own.


How could I really be forming friendships with ladies that I have never met in person and some I have never even seen a photograph of.


How is it possible that this computer of mine and this little blog could actually be a catalyst in creating a friendship that will forever change mine and my family’s lives.


Has blogging really done all that?


Well, actually, God has done that through this blog.  He has used my little All Things Home blog to open up doors that would have possibly never been opened.


God has brought a Louisiana family into the lives of this Tennessee family and I can readily say that none of us will ever be the same again.


Now, would you believe me if I told you that I packed up our two daughters and drove all the way to Louisiana to meet a blogging friend that I had never met but had only talked to on the phone and emailed many times?


After much prayer by my hubby and I, that’s exactly what I did, because I knew I was supposed to.  Do you know what I mean?


I mean that I knew it was ordained by God that I meet this lady.  I knew that we were kindred spirits and that we were supposed to be friends.


Our daughters had already formed friendships over the telephone also so that was easy.


We got in our car and we drove.  The girls and I first went to Texas to visit my dad and stepmother and then we went to Louisiana where we stayed for a whole week.  Yep, with strangers.  Crazy, huh?  (Should I do a disclaimer here or something?)


But remember, they weren’t really strangers at all because God had already placed them deeply in our hearts.


Can I tell you a really crazy thing?  I truly feel like I have met my long lost sister.  We are so very much alike, as are our children and our husbands.  I mean really really alike.


This lady is fabulous.  She loves the Lord.  She loves her husband.  She loves her children.  She loves York Peppermint Patties.  She loves Dr. Pepper.  She loves flea markets. She loves white.   She loves my family.


Can you tell that we bonded?  We truly did.  Like deep in our hearts bonded.  Like sisters bonded.  Like forever bonded.


And so did our families. 


Okay..okay…I know you want to see some photos so I am going to show you some right now.


louisiana sign


This is my sweet friend Becky from Buckets Of Burlap and she is my sister from another mother.  Actually, she is my sister in Christ.  This lady  is beautiful on the inside and the outside.


I have to show you a couple of shots of our children together, but I am going to save a few photos for another time so I don’t overwhelm you too badly.


faith and kynli


Our two youngest daughters who became instant BFFs.    These girls were precious together and they were inseparable. 


candy land 2


Our two oldest daughters are both major sporty girls and hit it off wonderfully.  Awesome was the word used a lot to describe what Beth thought of her new friend.


And that sweet little guy in the middle playing with them was absolutely adorable.  I mean beyond CUTE!  We fell totally in love with him.


faith and kohl


You cannot even imagine how this guy made us laugh.




We found out that you can make up cheers about anything and everything.  So fun!!





Here’s all the kiddos except for my son who has been working at a church camp all summer and didn’t get to go.  Next time my guys will go with us.


Here is the entire Louisiana family that we now call family…




I know you have all had enough for tonight so I will share more later.


I can’t wait to show you the beautiful shop that Becky took me to in Canton, Texas.   I also have to show you some of the special things that she did for us while we were there.  This lady can cook and is a wonderful hostess.   She also has a beautiful home that was like walking into a magazine.  And, her husband is a majorly talented man with carpentry skills that are amazing.  Together, they are a fantastic team!


Will share more later.  Hope you will come back and see more of our amazing trip next time.


God bless you all!!



Mary Ellen said...

Loved your post Amy! I am constantly amazed at how God is using blogging in my life. I have been blessed to be able to meet about a dozen of my blogging friends through out the 3 years I have blogged and it is so amazing and awesome at the friendships that have been forged through a keyboard!!

bee blessed

Restoration House said...

So glad that you have found such a wonderful kindred spirit! What a blessing!

Becky C said...

Wow, my sister, you summed it up so well. You have such a way with words, Amy. I never imagined blogging could have such great rewards! We certainly had the best week of our lives! And we are missing you all greatly...
I love those photos you took of the kids. You can see the joy on their faces!
Can't wait until October :)

Debbie Kay said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly, I too have met some very special friends through my blog but never in person and yet I feel a special bond that could only be because God had His hand in it. Thank you for confirming that for me. I just found your blog and praise God for you.


Debbie Kay

Melissah said...

I just discovered your lovely blog. I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I'm just new into blogging this year & have put together a daily blog on design, fashion, food, travel and anything pretty. and one on everything coastal
I had a lot of fun putting them together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

bikim said...

gorgeous gorgeous blog!
take care,

sissie said...

Hi Amy,
I'm so glad that you have made such a wonderful friend. You both have beautiful families.


Kids Curriculum said...

Lovely pictures and awesome photography.

mississippi artist said...

It is amazing the people you meet and the friends you make while blogging. I am not surprised that Becky is so nice-she is from Louisiana-love that state and it's people.Times with friends are the best aren't they?

Pattie said...

OH Amy I am so happy the you guys got together it's always a fun thing to do..Happy Monday


Angela said...

Amy so glad your girls trip was a safe one and that you had a wonderful time. Love the pictures. You can see sheer joy on all of your faces. I have so enjoyed the posts Becky has made of your visit and looking forward to more pictures and details from you also. God knows when we need a special person in our lives and it looks like he has blessed you and your family with another family as well. So special and I am so proud for all of you. Thanks for sharing

Gracie's Cottage said...

This is especially sweet because the kids bonded question that it was meant to be!

Laura said...

What a treasured thing to have happen.
You can just sense the friendship and happiness in your photos.

How special!

White Spray Paint

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I'm so happy for you that you two got to meet in person! What a blessing. Sounds like you had so much fun together! When I moved to Illinois I was blessed to meet a blogging friend. I was a little nervous at first, but now I truly feel God brought her into our families life. Our God is so awesome!

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Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

This made me think about the first time I was going to meet a blogging friend - Laura - from Decor to Adore. My husband thought I was don't even know she is who she says she is. But I knew I "knew" her! And I did. I have met in real so many blogging friends...and visited in their homes and they in mine. It is a wonderful blessing. I can see that you had a marvelous time, your whole family!

heartland farmhouse said...

Thank You for sharing! It was neat & interesting to see/hear about all the fun you had! God works in mysterious ways! Especially through the internet! ;)


michelle said...

Amy that is so wonderful!! I can't even begin to tell you the close friendships that I have made through blogging! A few I have met and some I have not but I know that we are all sisters in Christ as well. It is so amazing to find kindreds all across the world!!
I love you photos and so happy that you had a great time! I can't wait to see more. :)


NanaDiana said...

Oh- Ames! I am so glad that you had a good time-that it went above and beyond your expectations for it. I have met a couple of people online and know that God meant for us to meet. We share so many things in common...kind of scary actually!

Your new "sister" and her family are beautiful...just like all of you. God bless you and I can't wait to see more pictures.

I know how busy you are but I have a small giveaway going on if you want to pop by and sign up...xo Diana

cityfarmer said...

I was there in spirit ... your tenderness reaches right thru my laptop!!!

hugs dear sisteers!!!

wait, October ... you're going back without me??

Lori said...

Amy, no way. I saw your picture on your about me on this blog and realized I follow your other blog. Of course you and Becky met up, it was meant to be. Two great women.

A Rosy Note said...

I'm so glad that you and Becky have become such good friends. I think it's hard to find people connect to and that seem like a kindred spirit. It certainly seems like you two have a special friendship. I can't wait to see more about your visit :)

FlyAwayHome said...

What a sweet story and a friendship for life. You look like you had such a great time.

Stephanie said...

How wonderful that you got to visit Becky and her family! I love her blog! And so fun that you got to expereince Canton too - sorry it was like 110 degrees!

Debbie said...

How neat! Who would have thought that doing this crazy thing called blogging would allow you (all) to make such good friends?

Pearl Maple said...

What a lovely post, blogging can add so much to our lives and nice to celebrate that.

Heaven's Walk said...

This blogging thing certainly is a blessing, isn't it, Amy? A wonderful way to witness to others, share our testimonies, and meet new sisters-in-Christ! :) It sounds and looks like you all will certainly be meeting up again soon and creating a deeper lasting friendship!! :) I met Heather from Simple Daisy this weekend for the first time with Michelle from Emerald Cove. It was like we all knew each other from waaay back. ♥ So much fun and so much love!

xoxo laurie

gina3 said...

What an amazing experience to find friends like that in such an unexpected way. The pictures of the two younger girls look like younger versions of you two; perhaps what you two would have looked like if you had found each other as young girls. It's so interesting.

Glimpse of My World said...

love this story.....

Green Willow Pond said...

This post just made me grin from ear to ear. I am so happy for you that you found such a dear friend. I am going to meet at least one if not two blog buddies very soon for a shopping trip a couple hours away. I'm so excited to meet them. It's wonderful how blogging opens up amazing opportunities!