Tuesday, February 01, 2011

MIRL at 7000 Feet (or close, anyway)

I was so busified telling you all about the cool work that God did at the ReGroup conference that I didn't get to tell you about the fringe benefit that I was able to enjoy!

Friends, let me introduce to you the AMAZING Meredith from Life at 7000 Feet, my amiga online for I can't remember how long at least 3 years. I got to Meet this girlie In Real Life  on the last day of the conference:

I can't even begin to describe how much this visit meant to me...  Meredith has been such a source of encouragement, a sisterly sounding board, an inspiration for intentional homemaking, and a godly example that when she picked me up at the Denver Airport I forgot for a minute that it was the first time I'd ever seen her in person.

Mer had to move heaven and earth to make the meetup happen- her family sacrificed on a buncha levels- and I was oh-so-grateful for their willingness to give up their wife, mother, and gift cards to support this. I know it wasn't easy, but I felt so loved and appreciated as we sat for what seemed like forever at a Mimi's cafe chatting easily, going from deep topic to light and back again. 

What a treat it is to know that there are some people in this world who are every bit as genuine, beautiful, real, honest, funny, generous, and purposeful as they appear to be on the surface. Thank you, Meredith, for dropping everything to see the shivering SoCal girl IRL- hope someday you'll find yourself at 1400 feet someday... I'd love to return the blessing.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
 but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
Proverbs 31:30-31


Kellie said...

So fun! I can't wait for my IRL with Mer someday! Hopefully you'll be here too!

Vindiciti said...

So cool! MIRLs are neat! If you ever happen by the island, you'll have to let me know so we can get a cup of joe. ;)

Becky said...

Fun, fun, fun!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Hey, I'm blogging about our IRL meet up today too...still working on my post!

Thanks for saying I was FUNNY. That made me smile. :)
Love you!

Gretchen said...

@Mer, you are FUNNY! Thanks, girls for taking me along a bit in this post. Could sort of imagine myself at Mimi's with you. And Lord knows, I've driven back and forth from DIA a time or two. :)

Lurve you both.

Melissa Stover said...

it's so funny that you said almost the same thing about each other. meeting blog friends is so much fun!