Meeting In Person

You may recall from previous posts that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting (in person) several bloggers over the past few years. Although we all love reading each other’s blog posts, there’s just something special about meeting in person.

One of the first bloggers that I subscribed to was Emjay And Them (MJ).  I had the honor of being Freshly Pressed a few years ago, and that’s how MJ found my blog. She also had a post featured on the Word Press Freshly Pressed page.

I really never thought we’d ever have a chance to meet in person: after all, she lives in Michigan, and we’re in Virginia. But a few weeks ago, she messaged me that she’d be in Washington, DC on business in June, so we quickly began making plans.

Yesterday, Motor Man and I drove to Springfield, VA (just outside of DC) and met MJ for lunch.

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Her sweet, vivacious, friendly personality that shines through in her blog posts is even more evident in person.

We exchanged gifts: she had a funny DC magnet for Motor Man and a Petoskey Stone for me.   You should be able to enlarge the photo if necessary to read about it, but those stones are made of fossilized coral and are found on the beaches of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. (Definitely not something I’d find on my nearby shelling trips.)

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When you meet someone for the first time, ever wonder what you’ll find to talk about?  Yeah, me neither.  We met at 11, and when her (pre-scheduled) taxi arrived at 1:30, it caught us in mid-sentence.

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I think we were both a bit relieved that she needed to leave quickly to avoid making the driver wait: we both would have probably gotten emotional had we had time for more than a quick hug good-bye.

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On our way home, one of Motor Man’s buddies called and asked him what we’d been doing.  Motor Man replied that we’d gone to have lunch with a blogging friend of mine, then added: “a pretty neat lady”.

Motor Man and I tend to agree on many things.

~These Days Of Mine~

18 responses to “Meeting In Person

  1. Fun!! What a sweet thing MM said about your friend MJ……she certainly looks and sounds like just what he described – a pretty neat lady!


  2. So happy for you! Your special connection with MJ has always shone through to me!!

  3. She looks as vivacious as her blog reads!! What a treat to meet a blogging friend from so far away!

  4. Oh the fun we had~! What a special treat to have met you both and I am still so moved you’d make a 3 hour drive just to meet me! Hubbs was happy to have me home and hear all about my adventures and especially our wonderful visit. Thank you for the gift also, and I will be blogging about my DC trip – and our meeting – sometime this weekend <3.

    PS I just love that last picture, the joy radiates through us. 🙂


  5. MJ looks like a beautiful person! I was looking at some of her pictures (gorgeous ) and what I wouldn’t give to smell and see a field of sage! Next time invite her to Virginia again and I am giving you fair warning I may try and crash the party.

  6. You do have a way of attracting the “good people.” 🙂

  7. Looks like you two really have a great connection now in person as well as in blogging. What fun! 🙂

  8. Another great meet & greet – courtesy of TheseDays !

  9. I love posts like these!

  10. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What a blessing your blog has been for you and all your readers! I agree with Motor Man she certainly looks like a neat lady. Love how you both are glowing in the last picture.

  11. Such fin and she is so cute. I know you had a lot to talk about. And the phones are always center stage!

  12. Beautiful smiles tell the whole story. Sounds like a very fun and joyful visit. 🙂

  13. What a wonderful result of a blog connection! Looks like two/three very special folks!

  14. Aren’t blogging buddies just the best!! I am so happy that you two got to meet and have such a delightful lunch. And, Motor Man is amazing, driving all that way just so wifey could meet her friend.

  15. What a wonderful reunion! Thank you for sharing. You have been on my mind since Thursday and only now did I get to break away from things in Ohio to check in. I knew it would be a great time together. fyi My brother and his family are in Springfield.

  16. Don’t you just love it!

  17. Great photos! Motor Man is something else.

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