September 30, 2009

Fringe Benefits of coming to Cali

Look who I got to hug today:

That's ma' girl Stephanie.  And I don't like Stephanie.  I LOVE ME SOME STEPHANIE.  We met through the blogging world back in '06.  I fell in love with her and her amazing artwork, and since we shared a very close LID (she's 3-27), we kind of hit it off from the get-go.  We've exchanged blog comments, and long e-mails...and even gifts.

But we never "met" until today.  And folks, can I tell you a secret?

She's the fizzle ma' mizzle fo' shizzle.  Love her.

I wanted to take her home to Texas with me.

Let me tell you another secret:

If she lived in Texas (I'm working on it) I think we would be freaking attached at the hip.

We talked for five (count em') FIVE hours.  Felt like 20 minutes.  Felt like I've known her since grade school.

Oh.  And we have some majorly weird things in common that most people would never relate to.  Like weird "distant thunder" (only she will get that) things in common.

Know what else?  We were both hanging onto the edge of our seats wondering if a certain package on its way from China would/could be our referrals today.  So this is how you take care of that when you're far from home and the internet:

Hahahahaha, I'm still laughing.  We called our husbands and had them check e-mails, Rumor Q, all that jazz.  And unfortunately, we couldn't get internet.  And more unfortunately, our referrals did not come today and now appear to be on hold until the second week of October.  Which stinks, but it was so cathartic to be with a friend, sharing almost the same LID, and being able to boo hoo (figuratively) together over that. 

Upshot?  We were together and totally relaxed on a gorgeous California day.  The temp was amazing and the breeze was divine.

And the company?  Don't get me started...See above.

Love me some Stephanie...

Here's praying we can travel at the same time - sweet Jesus, I would love that!

Never underestimate the powerful bonds and friendships that have begun through this long and arduous adoption process.  I'm not sure any of us would have found each other without the winding road to our girls.  I'm not sure I would want to do without all of you...


3D said...

Lucky you!!! I am mega envious. I am happy that you had mucho fun.

Keep smilin!

Cora said...

Isn't it amazing what you find on this long long long roller coaster ride! Love it!

Madeleine said...

Oh that is fantastic! Great friends are hard to come by, and a friend that is like a sister, well, they are just gold in the flesh.

So glad you had a wonderful time! And the pictures of the wedding were beautiful. Congrats to your brother.

Anonymous said...

So cool..glad you had a wonderful visit & that would be amazing if you could travel together..

S.Wise said...

Oh. You are too sweet! :) I am so happy we finally got to meet in person and have an awesome day together!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Both of you..
You are both WONDERFUL...
Have a safe trip home..

Kristy said...

That is so true, God has brought so many of you into my life that otherwise I would have never met and I thank HIM for that everyday.

Love and blessings, Kristy

Kayce said...

Lucky girls!!! Stephanie is a great chick! Glad you guys got to enjoy a day together!!!

Suzanne said...

I'm so jealous!!!! I wanna come over and play!!

Debbie said...

I have a great friend who I met through the wonderful world of adoption via cyberspace. We actually met each other for the first time when we traveled to Guatemala to meet our children for the first time. What an awesome experience! I hope you get the same opportunity with your great cyber friend.

sooze66 said...

I wanna hang in Cali too! Here's hoping for a big ole party in the streets of China in December when we all get to be there together with our babies!!! Long two weeks ahead, off to find a new craft to pass the time! Hugs!