Several weeks ago, I signed up to attend the Nashville (in)RL—"in real life," that is—event put on by (in)courage, the women's blog community run by Dayspring. The idea is that while sites like (in)courage promote online community, and real friendships do develop online, it's great to meet face to face, "in real life," as well. "IRL" is an acronym for "in real life" used on blogs to talk about people you know offline and blog friends you get to meet offline.
Turned out, I had an even more IRL weekend than I expected! Wednesday night, I got an email from IRL friend Kristen (who I met at Matt's high school reunion, since she and her husband went to BHS with Matt) asking if we wanted to come to dinner Friday with Kim and her husband and kids. Kim also went to high school with Kristen and Matt, but since Kim was getting married on the same day as the reunion, and in another state, she wasn't there, and I somehow found her blog from Kristen's as Kristen and I got to know each other better. Kim and I became friends just by reading and commenting on each other's blogs.
So we were all so excited to get together on Friday when Kim and her husband Josh (a church planter in Kentucky, who I actually interviewed for Ministry Matters) were in town so Josh could run the Music City Marathon the next morning. It was funny to talk to Kim on the phone briefly and chat like friends but be hearing a totally unfamiliar voice! We went to the Aquarium Restaurant at the newly-reopened Opry Mills mall. With six adults and six kids under age six, we were a big noisy group, getting up and down to look at the fish, change babies in the restroom, wrangle runaway toddlers. . .
|Looking at the 200,000 gallon aquarium in the middle of the restaurant.|
|Kristen, Kim, and baby Lilly (one month older than Claire and about eight pounds heavier!)|
|Landon (just a few weeks younger than Kate), Kate, and Daddy,|
and Addie in the background, taking tons on pics on her mom's iPhone!
|Kate, Landon, and Landon's big sister Addie (almost 6)|
|Claire, wishing she could get up to look at the fish, or at least eat some of my delicious stuffed shrimp.|
|Kim, me, and Kristen, with most of the kiddos |
(Claire was in her seat at my feet and Jake was running off somewhere!)
The actual (in)RL event Saturday night was fun. Great food, worship, door prizes (see below, which I got when I was the person in the room who had given birth most recently!)
|Joshua 1:9 canvas from Dayspring, now hanging in my laundry room.|
|(Didn't take my camera; this pic is from @jessicanturner's instagram feed.)|