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The Kindness Of Friends

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When I went to Relevant, I scrimped and saved to get there. Now,  I'm not usually much of a "girly-girl", but I realized that I would be seeing my online friends in real-life for the first time. A sense of panic rose from somewhere deep inside and insecurity bubbled to the surface for various reasons. My mind transported me back to middle school when my insecurities were at their worst.

So I asked a friend from church with impeccable style if I could come play dress up in her closet and borrow a few things. I figured a few of her accessories paired with my basics would be good enough to get me through the weekend without having to buy a new wardrobe. But then a funny thing happened...she brought me a box.

Wrapped in paper and topped with a bow

I tried to refuse it--say it was "too much." She knowingly smiled and extended her hand to give it to me anyway. When I opened the gift, I was immediately moved to tears. It was a perfect outfit for me--she even guessed my size correctly! I put it on and immediately stood taller, my insecurities melting away. She gave me exactly what I needed---encouragement and self confidence in a new place meeting new people.

How blessed I am by the kindness of friends!

Relevant friends

Meeting new friends at Relevant

I'm always amazed at this online community I'm a part of. People rallying--using a blog post, Facebook status, or tweet to spread the word. Until now, it's always been about someone else in another state that I wouldn't recognize on the street. But recently, I've found myself the recipient of some fabulous linky love from other bloggers helping to spread the word about our adoption fundraising....handing me a gift wrapped in paper and topped with a bow.

Here is a list of some kind online friends that have blessed us with a blog post:

Tara at Mommy Missions (met her at Relevant--you'll hear more about her soon!)

Kelly at Domestic By Design (a college friend of mine that I reunited with online)

Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations (met her at Relevant--you'll hear more soon!)

Marci at Overcoming Busy (met her at Relevant--she's so sweet!)

Eryn at Mama Hall (met her at Relevant. God made our paths cross for a reason that is still playing out)

Debbie at Happy Clippings (PURCHASED from my shop and gave them away to her blog readers!!)

Crystal at Domestic But Not Martha (Sweet Twitter Friend--never met her, but could hug her for all of the extra tweets!)

Tracy at Sweet Harper (Never met her, but am so thankful for her kindness! We're twitter friends now!)

How blessed I am by the kindness of friends!

**If I have left anyone out, PLEASE leave a comment and I'll add your link to the list! We appreciate all of the help and want to link to you!**

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Tuesday 21st of December 2010

Awww, girl ~ I LOVE YOU!!! :)


Tuesday 21st of December 2010

oh, that was so nice! i'm am constantly blown away by the kindness of the bloggy world-people share so much with everyone and are so helpful.


Tuesday 21st of December 2010

Thank you so much for the mention. I really, really want to help you get funding dear, your family deserves it! I will continue to uplift you in prayer! Please let me know if I can help in any way.


Eryn {mamahall}

Tuesday 21st of December 2010

I love what God is doing by connecting us. Meeting you at Relevant, sitting by you at the Mercy House table, at the airport together headed home...memories I hold close to my heart because I could feel God's hands in it! PS...I read a "teaser" blog post yesterday & I am anxious for your name to bs announced! ;)

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