Monday, May 20, 2013

My First Blate!

This weekend, I went on my first blate (blogger date, copyright: this gal).

I feel like I am officially a blogger now. Hooray! 

I had the privilege of getting together with the wonderful Julie, who blogs over at An Anchor for the Soul. And I don't think it could have been more perfect. 

Quick back story of how I "met" Julie in Blogland. I found her over in the comment section of The Williams Post (thanks, Kerrie!). One click of a button, a few glances at her blog, and I was sold. 

It only takes reading a few posts to know if you share the same heart as someone, am I right? And this girl? Well her words could have come straight out of my mouth. And that's how I feel with every single one of her posts. 

You know those blogger glasses that we all wear? The ones you put on before you read someone's blog, that blocks out all of the bad and illuminates the good? They either leave you feeling super dang inspired, or super dang jealous? 

Well, the closer Julie and I have gotten, the more and more we realized that both of us were wearing those glasses at first. Reading each other's blogs and thinking 'dang! this girl's got it all figured out. this whole shining for Christ thing.'

And usually I would curse those blogger glasses, because of all of the comparison, self-doubt & envy that they bring. But this time, the glasses didn't bring any of that. They brought encouragement, inspiration and motivation to shine brighter for Christ. 

And I will always be thankful for Julie and her example that she set for me, without even realizing it. Because of her, I have learned (and am still learning!) to be a confident witness of Jesus. 


Things I learned about Julie:

1) She is beautiful. Hands down, stunning. 

2) She has the cutest accent. I heard it in a vlog, but hearing it in person is even better. 

3) We have really similar back stories, and our families have a lot in common. 

4) She is incredibly easy to talk to. The conversation was flowing from first hug. 

5) We have the same taste in coffee. (Both ordered iced non-fat mochas, her's decaf and mine white mocha). 

6) Her and Matt really do shine for Christ. It's not just words on a page, they truly are in a Christ centered relationship. 

7) I swear we are the same age. Even though I'm 4 years older. When did that happen?

8) We really would be bffs if we lived closer. But I'll settle for Blogger bffs :)


Julie, I had so much fun with you this weekend. Thank you for being my first official blate! I couldn't have asked for a better one :)

I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation with your fam! And can't wait until the next time we get to meet up!


Pamela said...

Aw yayyy! How fun!! There you go teasing me with that fro-yo!! ha :)

Julie said...

I'm laughing about how you said I had an accent! I never thought I did! And I feel like we're the same age too– so crazy. Aaaand I am so glad and blessed we got to meet, girl! I can't wait to see you again. We need to start scheduling skype dates, friend!

Alyssa said...

How fun!! blog dates are the best :)

Leah said...

that's awesome girl. how fun is that, julie sounds like a lovely girl! there's a bunch of bloggers i'd love to go on blates with -you included sweet girl! one day, one day!

Heather Leigh said...

Aww, how exciting! I'm so looking forward to meeting bloggy friends in person!! ;)

Rachel O. said...

Yay that's so awesome!! Blogging friends can become the best friends.

Hannah said...

That's so sweet and wonderful. I'm really glad you met someone you connect with and have good chemistry with. That's not always easy to find. Thank God for divine connections!

Heather Burris said...

Aw! So fun!

Stesha Jordan said...

this is the cutest post ever! I love going on "blares" and realizing the person is just as fabulous in real life as she is in blog land! happy monday love!


Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

One day we have got to blate!

Kerrie Williams said...

I had no idea I got to claim a small part of how y'all "met!" That's so fun :) Soooo wish I had been able to join in!

Lovelyladyjb said...

Fun! There's nothing like putting a personality with the blog you've been reading. Glad you hit it off!

Hilda said...

yay, so happy you and Julie got to know each other in person! Ooh I love iced decaf mochas, :P

later my friend. :D

Kiki said...

That sounds like THE perfect blogger date. And that photo is so cute of the two of you!

Oh, and those blogger glasses? I've worn my fair share of them before. But I'm so glad that your blate allowed you to really see each other and encourage one another and change how you looked through those glasses. I hope to meet both of you someday!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Aww this is so sweet! I'm so glad that you guys had such a great time together! It's so great how spending time with a Godly lady is so uplifting. :)