7.26.2011

coincidence? i think not.

in a surreal, two separate world's colliding moment, i met a gal and instantly felt like she belonged in my family.  maybe it was her cute minnesotan accent that runs deep in my clan's genes.  or maybe it was her warm smile, outspread arms, and a comfortableness that left us both feeling like we've known each other all of our lives.  or maybe it was all of the above.


let me go back.  back to spring of 2010.  i came across a blog written by a girl well beyond her years.  i was instantly impressed by her way with words, her Christ-like perspective, her blossoming maturity and her heart for her family.  her name is hannah.  and then i saw her mom had a blog, too.  i knew i had to know who was responsible for this hannah.  : )  i wanted to be just like her so my sage could be just like her hannah... i internet met rachel of finding joy.  and if there was ever a blog so aptly named, it would be rachel's.  she strains for, searches for, and seeks joy in the midst of everything - whether it be the daily mundane, the lows of the valley or the highs of the mountain tops.  joy in Christ is her song.  rachel encourages me to sing along and prods me in my own motherhood journey.

rachel and i have always talked about getting to really meet in real life.  i always thought it probably was far-fetched or years and years away.  but then God, in His extreme kindness gave me a precious gift last week.  rachel was nearby charleston, visiting hilton head island for a week with her girlfriends (there were four gals total and they have 22 children between them - talk about superwomanmom's!) and hoped we'd be able to meet for lunch in my city before their flight left charleston.


meanwhile, my grandfather had just passed away so i was booking my trip to california.  i wasn't sure if i'd still be in town when she was.  once i booked the ticket, i let rachel know when i'd be leaving.  turns out she was leaving at the exact same time.  on the exact same airline.  on the exact same flight to atlanta.  what are the odds?!?!


before our flight, along with rachel's girlfriends, we dined at the brunch hotspot of the south, poogan's porch.  it really is as exquisitely southern as it sounds.  the food was just as lovely as our conversations, the charming atmosphere of the old charleston row house restaurant was just right.

from left to right: (top row) rachel, amy (thank you, amy, for taking picture after picture of rachel and i so we could get some we both approved of! ha!), (bottom row) suzy, julie, me.

these ladies are such complete dears.  oh and get this... amy makes the gorgeous, nostalgic legacy bracelets.  i won the bracelet below from rachel's giveaway specifically for my grandmother since my grandpa was going through such a tough cancer battle.  i wanted to encourage her with it.  so to think that i got to meet amy, the sweetheart that made my grandma a bracelet, after my grandfather's passing was yet another special gift. 


after lunch, we said goodbye for a few short hours only to meet up again later at the airport.  this time i got to introduce rachel to my mom and sage baby.  our layovers in atlanta were the same length; as rachel boarded her plane to go north, i boarded mine to go west.  we parted ways with the hope of one day having lunch together again.  the next day i had to pinch myself.  did i really just meet this gal who i've read about for over a year?!  i strangely miss her... it's weird to miss someone you've only spent hours with but it's true, i do.  i admire rachel more than ever and i'm thankful God gave me the precious gift of this bright spot in the midst of my weepy week.  this was certainly a coincidence not.

38 comments:

  1. that's so God giving you a special gift. Isn't it wonderful how blogs can bring people together. there's something intimate about reading another's thoughts. We vacation in the low country a lot so maybe someday we'll meet up. Have a peaceful trip despite it's reasons.

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  2. Wow! What an awesome gift, to be able to meet someone that you care so much for! Chills! :-)

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  3. What an amazing story! God is so good. :)

    ~bree

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  4. This makes my day.. blogging has opened so many doors for relationships with great ladies who love Jesus.
    God knows what we need and He provides... love that.
    Thank you for sharing this with us...:)

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  5. Isn't blogging the greatest? Rachel sounds awesome. I've made some real true friends this way...crazy. They tend to be the ones I get closest too because of our common interests. I know I'll meet you someday. I'm sure of it:)

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  6. What a beautiful story. I read Rachel's blog to get her side of it and it was just as special. What a great example of how God is interested in the smallest details of our lives. That He wants us to be joyful, that He provides friends to come alongside us just when we need them most.

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  7. Oh, I am so happy you two got to meet! I've had one of those meetings before, and I know just how God-orchestrated and special they are. You will treasure that forever. And to get to meet the others too...and see who made that beautiful bracelet...treasure upon treasure! Still praying for peace and joy to fill your heart to overflowing this week and in the weeks to come.

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  8. AMAZING! The wonders of God can be so inspiring when we need it most. Definitely NOT a coincidence.

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  9. I found Rachel's blog through reading yours and have been following both of your blogs. What an awesome story!

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  10. loved reading this post!! it's awesome how things work out for the good :)

    i spent a lot of time in mt. pleasant this past week and i love love loved the chapel at musc!! i'm sure your wedding pics are gorgeous!!

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  11. What an incredible story!! I really believe that God does things like this to let us know that we are loved and He is watching over us always :) That bracelet is gorgeous!

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  12. such a precious story. i love it. i found you through rachel's blog and i just love the way you write. you have such a sweet spirit...i can tell. can't wait to read more :)

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  13. so cool meeting blog friends in real life! love how God puts all those little details together :)

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  14. What a fabulous bright spot for you! And I confess...I'm envious. I adore Rachel's blog and think she just has to be one of the kindest, sweetest, most 'together' people I've ever known (through a blog or otherwise). I want to be her when I grow up. ;)
    I'm glad you had this opportunity and that it came in the midst of an otherwise difficult time for you. God bless.

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  15. I will have to check out her blog. Always love to read other moms blogs...especially when their perspective is to seek the Lord in all things.

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  16. That is beautiful! A meeting ordained by God.

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  17. I just love it when God does things like this! It's the small things, you know? He loves us. He absolutely, divinely, and wholeheartedly loves us. So glad you got such an awesome opportunity!

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  18. Oh, I love this post, Carissa! What an amazing way God brought you two friends together. Is't He so good? And there are few things so wonderful to a blogger's soul as meeting a blog friend. :)

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  19. Wow! This story was so awesome to read! God's perfect timing never ceases to amaze me. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. That is so great you 2 were able to meet. What a blessing! I'm glad everything worked out with your schedules and flights so you 2 could have some time together. :)

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  21. God and His planning is so awesome...for bringing two very special people together. He had that all mapped out for the two of you. How wonderful you were able to share time with one another. AND that you were able to meet Amy, especially during this time. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Carissa,
    Hannah is made of awesome and such a kind sweet god loving soul! She is so selfless and so real. Her mother has raised her up so well. I am so glad you were able to meet her mother. Wow that was for sure not a coincidence that is awesome you got to meet her and the flights were like so on the same schedule! How wonderful. Love that...So sorry for your loss of your grandfather. I haven't been on here much and totally missed that post. YOu and your family are in my prayers sweet friend.

    xoxo
    Summer

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  23. God is good....i love that the bloggy world can give us such amazing sisters

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  24. What an amazing and wonderful story!!! So glad you got to meet her- you are glowing in all of your pictures!!!! God is good :)

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  25. Such a wonderful story! I am so glad that you and Amy got to meet as well!!

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  26. That is all in all AMAZING! So awesome that you got to meet such a special friend, at just the right time you needed her.

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  27. Oh my goodness! God's timing is impeccable! How awesome! What a sweet and endearing memory made into a marvelous, better than fairy tale story! :) Thanks for sharing that! And I LOVED your excited, delighted smile in the pic of all of you gals together! So cute!! ;)

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  28. God is so awesome! That is great that He worked every detail out before you even knew it!! So happy you got to meet your friend. :o) Sorry about your loss.

    ♥Jazmin

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  29. Only the one true living God can do something that neat:)

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  30. I linked to this in my post today.

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  31. that is such an amazing story. great.

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  32. I am so sorry about the loss of your grandfather...but, What a sweet, sweet story! I love how GOD works! To think that HE had it planned out all along. :)

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  33. So sorry to hear about your grandfather, but what a wonderful coincidence. This is such a beautiful story, so glad you met and had a great time!

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  34. Oh, this brought tears to my eyes. How I wish I could have been a part of this meeting. I am a big fan of Rachel's too and I'm so thrilled you two had these moments together. It's so good to be back in touch with one of my favorite gals in the blogging world. Hugs to you dear!

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  35. What an awesome story!! God really does do such great things! I love that it was totally NOT a coincidence... it was God wanting to bless you. Lovely.

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  36. What a gift! How wonderful to get to finally meet!

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