I met Jamie half way to the Mad Hatter Tea Room and hitched a ride. Jamie and I know one another from days gone by, but have recently reconnected through blogging. She is a sweet friend who is on the verge of delivering a dear baby girl in a couple of weeks. If you are blessed enough to know her IRL, she is easy to converse with and quick to pick up right where you left off.
Being a committed blogger, I couldn't let threatening weather like this keep me away from a blogger gathering (or miss out on this photo either!):
Upon our arrival, we were greeted at the door by Tracy and Margaret. I was so excited to finally meet these wonderful women in person! I tried not to let it show and kept myself contained. I mean, they are nearly famous as far as I'm concerned. How fun it was to hear their real voices--not just the imagined ones I hear as I read their posts. Trust me, they are every bit the charming ladies in person as on their blogs.
The rest of the ladies arrived and we entered the Tea Room. What a delightful, beautiful group of ladies I was blessed to be surrounded by! In true blogger form, we all grabbed our cameras as we sat down and snapped away at everything from the place settings to our delicate luncheon to the ladies around the table.
Looking back, I think I spent most of our time together just listening and being in awe of such faithful, Catholic women. I probably didn't give an accurate portrayal of my real personality. I was enjoying my time so much and being a part of conversation varying from children and husbands to faith and blogging. In truth, it's not every day or perhaps even every week that my life is blessed with such wholesome conversation and therefore I may revel in it a bit silently when it does happen with women such as these.
Tracy, who was our hostess and organizer of the gathering, even came equipped with door prizes! Not to mention prayer cards at each of our place settings. What a thoughtful woman she is. (I think she may have also been in cahoots with Margaret and gotten her assistance as well) I won the prize for the furthest drive and received Mondays with Mary and it was also autographed by the author! I cannot wait to use it!
It was a relaxing and peaceful Saturday with friends, old and new. Precious moments with faithful women who inspire, encourage and support me and so many others. It was only fitting that we sit together enjoying our lunch and chatting. Afterall, it's what I normally do with them every day any way, except that they're usually miles away and on the other side of a computer screen.
Thank you ladies, I look forward to meeting you again!
Around the table (starting from my left):
Jamie: Lord, Make Me A Saint
Josefa: My Farm and Home
Margaret: Minnesota Mom
Tracy: Pinewood Castle
Kristina: Sweet Mercies
Meredith: Heavenly Perspective