Friday, April 10, 2009

Blogger Meets Blogger

Last night, Denny's was the scene of a fabulous meeting of writers I had never met before in person--only through blogging.

Being a little cautious about meeting cyberspace people, I had my husband walk in with me to see if anyone had arrived yet. Janna came right up to me without hesitation. She and her family had driven from Missouri for vacation in the area. She'd blogged that she wanted to meet some blogger friends and several of us jumped at the opportunity.

We sat at a booth and started our introductions. Shortly after, she noticed another lady sitting alone in the waiting area up front. I went over and asked if she was Kristin. I had never been on her blog before but she lived in Orlando and knew the fourth lady from our group who had yet to arrive.

Jessica called with battery trouble and then ended up at the other Denny's up I-Drive. We waited until she arrived to eat and share.

I can only describe the time spent sharing with other writers as a piece of heaven on earth. We talked writing, submissions, agents, family and goals.

And here's something only God could have orchestrated. I asked Kristin where she was from and she mentioned PA. "I'm from there, " I said. "Where abouts?" She said "Scranton." NowScranton is really close to my hometown. Then she added, "A little town called Tunkhannock."

I thought I was hearing her wrong. You see, I'm from that little tiny town of Tunkhannock. We knew where each of us lived and everything!

I'm hoping this event can be a yearly meetup. But even if we never see each other again, the hours spent together will stay in my memories as one of those special times.

25 comments:

LisaShaw said...

I'm so glad that you all had a wonderful time. If it's yearly, can I come??? :)

Blessed Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday to you and your family.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I'm shivering inside with such joy for you all. I even spoke out loud, "This is way cool", to myself. (definitely been around my teenage girls too much).

Okay, I'm being reminded that jealousy is not for a child of God. So I lift praise for giving you all this opportunity, and I'm glad Jessica finally arrived in her round-a-bout way, safely.

God's just the greatest. Even in the cyber world He lives!

Happy Easter!

Sassy Granny ... said...

How like the Lord to build His Body at a Denny's!

It's beautiful & strange (mysterious) how seemingly complete strangers can so immediately have a connection of the spirit. Truly we are family, and we all hail from the very same home town: His kingdom!

Great story, my friend. So glad you were all infused with inspiration. Maybe next time I can make my way there too!

Hugs,
Kathleen

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

So happy to hear that you had a wonderful time! So wish I could've been there to share!

Linda said...

What a fun time!

Kristen Painter said...

I still can't get over the Tunkhannock thing. Too funny!

And I like the bangs better. More youthful. (Told you I'd give you an honest answer. lol)

Jody Hedlund said...

How awesome to actually meet face to face! While I definitely count my cyber friends a blessing, nothing can compare with the "real" meeting!

Jessica said...

It was so wonderful! I loved meeting you, and I'm taking exception to your "I'm already there" comment on Kristen's blog this morning. You are NOT!
I had such a great time with you guys. I would love to make it a yearly thing. :-)

robertbellam@earthlink.net said...

Wow. The world is a small place. That was a good idea for you all to meet. Happy Easter.

Lin said...

how fun, i've been trying to meet another blogger who lives in my same town but she hasn't responded to my invites so guess we'll just be blog friends online and that's okay. sounds like a fun gathering..

Jan Cline said...

What a blessing for you! God gives us those little nuggets of friendship to encourage and bless us and I know you were a blessing to the other ladies. Happy Easter!

Ginger said...

What a wonderful thing to do! Great idea and sounds like lots of fun. Happy Easter!

Janna Qualman said...

It was fabulous! I couldn't stop raving to my husband about how awesome a time it was.

I hope to certainly do it again in the future!

LauraLee Shaw said...

This is so special. How I would LOVE to have a meeting like this with my kindred spirits. YOU being one of them...

Technonana said...

I know that was a God-Thing!! I experienced something simular when I meet my friend Kathy from Orlando!! It made both of us stop in our tracks!! Never seen her before, and yet we had a very strong family connection!!

Melissa Marsh said...

What an awesome experience! I love it when we can meet our blogging friends. When I went to England, I met two of my blogging buddies, too. And I think Janna and I are going to meet sometime soon!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Wow! Oh, how wonderful is that! I wish I could have been there with y'all!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Just saw your comment about writing your book just for you! *SMILING*!

Cindy said...

That is so wonderful to hear. What a blessing it must have been to share with other writers. Thanks for updating us, I was curious as to how the meetup went.

Jenn Johansson said...

That's awesome! How fun! Thanks for sharing. :)

Saleslady371 said...

I hope someday I will be able to write an article like this. I'm living vicariously through you.

Slendarella said...

Ha! People say it's KISMIT...but it's really GOD orchestrating everything. Cool!

Slendie

Alleluiabelle said...

Terri,

I know how excited you were for this meeting to take place. I am so happy that it was a blessing and then some. I'm with Kathleen. "We are all connected through the spirit and we all hail from the very same home town: His kingdom!"

Have a blessed Easter.

Hugs,
Alleluiabelle

chupacabra said...

Very, very interesting- I've always been curious to see what it would be like to meet people I've only conversed with through the internet and want to make it happen at least once.

Tootie said...

Your meeting sounds very nice. I have met several people through the internet that somehow had a tie back to the little country town in MO where I was born and raised. It always shows me how small the world really is. Some of my very best friends have appeared to me on the internet.

One day, you may have to meet all your blogger friends at a convention center. :-)

I've enjoyed catching up on my reading here, as always.