August 11, 2016

Whirlwind Week

It's been a teeny little bit crazy around here.  In a good sort of way.
Back in the spring, when this time of year seemed so far off,
I concocted a plan with two long-time blogging friends.
We met via our blogs shortly after I began my online journal in 2009.
 
Jackie and Stacie thought it a grand idea to make the journey 
via a road trip to stay with us in our home for a few nights.
It was incredible to think that they would take me up on it, but, they did!
 Meeting up in person began heading in the direction of becoming a reality.



Our mutual blogging friend, Jennifer, agreed to join us.  We were thrilled.
She booked her flight in anticipation of our face-to-face blog party.
And, we all looked forward to the dates circled on our calendars.

In thinking and planning ahead, it occurred to me that it
might be nice for Emma to have a cousin thrown into the mix...
just for good measure.  I was right...it was wonderful to have her.


Before long, my brother-in-law and nephew were added to the roster.
And, that's when the serious planning began.
And, the laundry and re-arranging.  And, the meal planning.
In the end, it all came together beautifully.  What a sweet blessing from the Lord!

Jennifer arrived on Saturday.
Wednesday afternoon, my brother-in-law and nephew flew home.
The girl cousin stayed on.  Wednesday afternoon, the twins arrived.

Saturday morning, bright and early, Jennifer flew home.
Jackie and Stacie crossed the border and began their homeward journey
shortly afterward.  We had a couple of hours turn-around before
attending a family wedding on Saturday afternoon.


And, just like that, the whirlwind week came to an end.
The days just flew by, and I was sorry to see everyone leave.

Thank you, Jackie, Stacie, and Jennifer for making the effort to gather in our home.
(Kevin, Alex, and Chelsie...we were so glad you were part of the week as well.
Janine...we missed you!  Maybe next time?) 
We are so thankful that it worked out for all of you to come!

   How good and gracious our Great God is to give these precious moments to us.
Truly, He does all things well.  His ways are always best.  His gifts are always good.

Happy Thursday!
With Love, Camille 

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oh Camille, what a joy and delight for all you lovely ladies. Blogging friends are incredibly special and meeting them can be such a blessing. I am so glad you were able to meet up and enjoy your time together.

Hugs to you!

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh, what a blessing, Camille! I am sure it must have been wonderful to finally meet three special blogging friends...and to have them to stay as well!
Isn't it funny how sometimes weeks go by with very little to no outside activities or people to visit with...then all of a sudden you're caught in a delightful frenzy of excitement!
Sending hugs your way, Camille! Hope you get some rest...{{Smiles}}

Farmgirl said...

What a wonderful blogging blessing for you Camille!
It's super to get together with new friends!

Maryann said...

It sounds like you had an awesome time, don't you love when a plan goes together. Pretty impressive that you got to meet not just one fellow blogger but three, what a blessing.

Katy said...

So glad you all had such a wonderful time together! :)

Wanting What I Have said...

You are an incredible hostess. Thank you for all you invested to make our time together rich and wonderful.

Camille said...

Stephanie ~ The Lord is so very good to us, isn't He? I agree with you...meeting up with blogging friends is a real treat. Thank you for rejoicing with us. Hugs to you! :)

Kelly-Anne ~ Yes, a frenzy of excitement is a good way to put it! It was so much fun...normal life seems so quiet after it all. Haha! Thank you for entering into our joy with us. Big Hugs! :)

Heather ~ It was so much fun! Thank you for your kind words and for rejoicing along with us. Hugs! :)

Maryann ~ It was quite incredible that we were able to all gather at the same time...what a sweet blessing. Thank you for rejoicing with us. The Lord truly is so very good to us, isn't He? Big Hugs to you! :)

Katy ~ You are sweet....thank you! Hugs! :)

Jennifer ~ I am so glad you made the effort to come! You were super easy to have...you blessed my heart more than you may realise. Thank you for your sweet words. Big Hugs! :)

With love,
Camille

Cinnamon said...

What a precious time meeting "new" and "old" friends from bloggy land. So fun~

~Cinnamon

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

You were seriously the hostess with the mostest! I will never forget our time together. Thank you for braving the city traffic to show us the sites of your beautiful city. My favorite thing was the tea. Oh, what sweet fellowship and treats! Meeting your precious family was so special. How like God to make such a trip happen against all odds. I sure hope you are enjoying your peace and quiet as you gear up for school again. So appreciate all the hard work you and your family put into our time together. I took away many precious memories. Love to you all, Jackie

Melissa said...

What a treasure!

Camille said...

Cinnamon ~ It truly was a gift to have been able to do it...thank you for entering into our joy with us. The Lord is so very good to us, isn't He? Hugs to you. :)

Jackie ~ What sweet and encouraging words, my friend...thank you for making the effort to come! I agree, it was a gift from the Lord's hand to us all...how good and gracious He is. You and your sister were no trouble to have...it was a blessing to us that you were able to be with us for a quick visit. Big hugs all around. :)

Melissa ~ Yes, truly. The Lord is so good to us, isn't He? Hugs to you! :)

With Love,
Camille

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Only the Lord could have pulled that trip together! We were blessed to come. I enjoyed your children and their many talents. Laughing and crying and resting was just what this weary mom needed. Thank you for hosting us!

Camille said...

Stacie ~ I don't know how I missed replying to your sweet comment here...so sorry! We are all so glad you came!! Come again...anytime. XOXO