It is a bit surreal and kinda like a movie script... and yet it is the story of how I "met" and then IRL (in real life) met Lindsay.
Lindsay is a mama of three beautiful babies. Her firstborn, Ayden, is living in Heaven with Jesus.
And that is how we "met".
She and her husband lost Ayden almost a year after Caden died.
And by God's abundant grace and mercy she found my blog. Lindsay left a comment, I returned one on her blog.... and an unlikely friendship was born.
Now, as always, God knew what He was doing... Lindsay and I share much more than the knowledge of grief over a babe gone so soon. She and I love to read (the same books!) and we have the same movies memorized. We love coffee and sleep... and the same flavor cheesecake! (which is chocolate raspberry truffle, in case anyone was wanting to get me some cheesecake in the near future...)
Lindsay and I have chatted over the phone a few times, texted a lot and followed each other's lives by stalking the others blog. God united our hearts over the shared loss of a child, built a friendship during the long road of grief, and strengthened it over the past 4 years through Andy's battle with Cancer and the loss of her dad.
And then, Lindsay became super brave.
I received a text one day last winter/spring. She said she had asked for a ticket to Indy for her birthday... she was coming to visit!
Life changing movie moment... I was finally going to meet my online friend.
(this was me on my way to pick her up... I was SUPER EXCITED!!! I might have peed 4 times before leaving the house!)
Ready or not... here she comes.... But I was crazy ready!! I had wanted to hug the stuffing outta that girl for years!
So on July 5th she made her way, with her ADORABLE daughter Charlotte, into my hug and into my home for a whole two days!
WE laughed, chatted watched movies, went shopping... and she was kind enough to eat all my leftovers. True friend! Although we did share a meal and a cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory!
The boys fell in love with Charlotte. Ryder keeps coming up to me even now and asking where baby Charlotte is!
It took her awhile to get used to our dog, Bo, but when she finally stopped being terrified of him, Charlotte thought he was great!
God is truly an amazing God! It was as if I had known her all my life... she even saw me without my makeup... you know it's real then, people!
All too soon, it was time for her to go. I miss her and her southern twang!
Ayden's and Caden's deaths have done mighty works through the grace of God...
and my friendship with Lindsay is one of the awesome, life changing things God has granted me through this trial.
Lindsay, thanks for being brave and flying to hug me!