When Blog Buddies Turn Into Friends

Yesterday morning as I was unpacking the 1,316 box the doorbell rang and it was the mailman delivering an inconspicuous box.  It turned out to be a day-making surprise!

 

Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean is one of my best blogging buddies turned genuine friends.  Whenever I need a friend I know she is only a text away and always seems to say the right thing.  She obviously knew what a nightmare it was this past week and went out of her way to brighten my day.  Even though we haven’t “met” yet I know that WHEN (not if) we do it will just click.

 

Lindsay included some amazing foodies treats including a new-to-me flavor of PB Co., couscous, Love Grown Foods granola, and some oatmeal.  Not to mention the super cute plates!

How CUTE is this dress for Emmalyne??  Lindsay picked out the cutest summer dress!  Since it was 90 degrees today this kind of outfit is going to be perfect for the hot, humid summer ahead of us.  She also got me a really nice scarf.

Getting this box seriously made my day.  It also got me thinking about my other Internet friends turned real friends.  If you had told me a year ago that I would make some pretty incredible friends via the Internet and blogging I probably would have laughed.  But here I am, getting a “be happy” package from one such friend.  It is amazing to me that blogging can establish such incredible connections.  The fact that Lindsay wanted to go out and do something so incredibly kind for me truly makes me feel special.  I can’t wait until we can finally hang out in person.

When I have had the pleasure of meeting some of my blogging friends it has been so much fun.  It’s kind of funny when you meet a blog friend for the first time because you already know so much about them … you can immediately ask questions pertaining to current issues they are facing.  It takes the “small talk” out of meeting someone and gets to the meat of the matter.

Kristen was the first blog friend I met.  Since MacKenna and Emmalyne are only 2-weeks apart we have a lot in common already.  I am really sad that we don’t live in the same state anymore.

Kristen and I also met Katie in St. Louis.  Katie ran the Go! St. Louis Half as well and has a sweet little boy.  Again, another person I am going to miss from Missouri!  Missing from the picture is Annica, a fellow FitFluential Ambassador and Go! St. Louis running buddy :)

One blogging friend turned real friend I can’t wait to meet at some point (hopefully) soon is Lisa.  Lisa’s daughter Caroline is a little older than Emmie and Lisa and I are working on a really fun project that I can’t wait to tell you more about when the time is right.

AND probably the MOST excited thing ever is happening later tonight … Maria is coming in to town!!

Maria is kind of a special case and I mentioned in a little in her guest post.  She is a “real” friend who blogs but we haven’t met.  Maria and Chris went to different high schools in Korea but knew each other.  She and I were also engaged and planning our weddings at the same time.  We started chatting on Facebook, ended up regularly emailing, and eventually moved on to Skype conversations.  Now, not a day goes by where we aren’t texting or chatting.  We have gone thru many of life’s most important moments together … our weddings, deployments, and babies.  I am so flipping excited to finally meet her!  We are heading up to Atlanta tomorrow to run the Dirty Girl Mud Run and I can’t wait!!

Do you have any Internet friends turned real friends?  Do you think it’s cool or weird?