Sunday, August 9, 2009

Blogger's Tea

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the annual Blogger's Tea for mommy blogger's from Minnesota. Yes, I am now officially a certified blogger! C'mon, they don't just invite any ol' bloggy mommy out there. Kidding, really, but seriously I was most definitely HONORED to be a guest.

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!

The Lunch:

The Ladies:

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


  1. Sarah,
    I really enjoyed reading your post about our get together. I hope I get the chance to get to know you better and see "an accurate portrayal of [your] real personality"! It was a pleasure to meet you jut the same!

  2. This is a lovely post, Sarah. You really captured the "heart" of our get-together.

    What a blessing to have finally met you. I wish we had had a chance to talk more! You are a beautiful young lady and your blog is a reflection of that.

    Love to you & your family,


  3. So that's why you were so quiet! I am so relieved it wasn't because we were so loud and boisterous or pretentious that you felt uncomfortable! You have such a sweet manner, I can't wait to come out your way and get to know you better!

    (we're going on a field trip to see the Runestone this fall - starting off history with the Vikings)

  4. Great, now that I came over here at Margaret's suggestion, I have found yet another blog I want to read! I will be back!

    Oh, and I am one of the (shhhh) WI bloggers who wants to road trip next year!

  5. Sarah, you did such a nice job on this post! I'm glad you had a good time, I thought maybe you were a little intimidated by all of us loud trying to get a word in edgewise bloggers!!

    I really enjoyed our ride together and hope we can do it again next year!

    God Bless you!

  6. You were quiet. I am in awe of quiet people. I'm like, how do they do that? ;)

  7. I think hubby would enjoy my being quiet after me going ON AND ON for the last two days about how wonderful you ladies all are! ha. Fat chance!

    It's funny because I used to be more quiet/shy and then I served a year with NET Ministries and suddenly found my voice. I'm much better these last 10 years!

    No intimidation here by you 'boisterous/loud' ladies, it's just that someone had to be the 'ears' in the group and listen. Do you have any idea how hard it is to listen to 6 ladies?!?!?! Cut me some slack.

    (In case you can't figure me out, the last paragraph was all in jest...hehe... I would hate to offend any of you and be taken off of next year's invite list. You know, I'm so proper and all...)

  8. BTW...Therese, thanks for stopping on over! You're welcome any time! We love our neighbors to the east! But yes, please leave Packers and cheeshead paraphernalia at home.

  9. So cool!! I also think meeting my bloggy friends would feel like meeting celebrities!

  10. Seriously, you ladies brought out the chatter in me; you should hear how quiet I can really be; I just get so excited to be with like minded people.

    It was a pleasure to meet you Sarah; hopefully we can meet up with our kiddies. God bless.

  11. Blessed! That's what all you lovely MN ladies are to have one another for such a sweet blogging/Catholic family support! What a wonderful and most memorable day enjoyed and captured, with beauty filling the air from faithful ladies at such a wonderful venue. And prizes too? Wow! Oh yes. Blessed you are!Now I know I live in the wrong geographical location. grin, grin.

  12. Lovely post! I so wish I could have been there to meet all of you. Hopefully next year!

  13. Sarah, I am SO happy to hear you were the winner of my book!! I only wish I could have delivered it in person and shared such a lovely time with you all! Many blessings in your new blogging journey and please do let me know how you like the book, it was an honor to write! In JMJ, Meredith

  14. Oh wow... that WOULD be like meeting celebrities! :) Sounds awesome. Wish I could be a Minnesota blogger too!


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