Hello ladies! We promised you that we would blog together, and HERE WE ARE! We have spent the last two days saying to each other "this is exactly the way we knew it would be if we got to be together". You know how you always say, when we have a blog party, "wouldn't it be great if we could do it in person?" and then you say "we wouldn't be as honest with each other if we could see each other face to face..."
Well, the answer is "it would be great" (because it is) and we would be honest (because we are). It's amazing how all the hours that we have spent emailing each other has formed a friendship that is a forever thing.
[Don't you dare write um. HaHa (Nancy is dictating, Crystal is typing). Um...]
Here's the deal: whenever you are honest and authentic and transparent with someone you trust, there is a foundation for a real relationship. You've done that here on the blog. It's not like Facebook, it's not even like a chat room, it's definitely not like texting. Here on this blog you let down the shields and you get real. And so, if we all did get together (at Crystal's house) and she was cooking the incredible meals for all of us that she has cooked for me (are you serious, cornish game hens, cheese trays, homemade bread, and lattes to die for) and we were all listening to incredible music and sharing poetry and discussing our families and friends and our futures, we would all love each other even more than we already do.
The essential ingredient is a common love for God.
Okay, now what do you want to say, Crystal?
Let's see...it helps to be transparent and real with someone who is equally transparent and real. It's difficult when that trust is not reciprocated, and that is not an easy thing. It is, however, one of the most precious and worthwhile gifts to find. I can't believe how quickly the last two days have gone, how much we have in common, how easily we understand each other...but that all started by taking the time to form a relationship beyond the 140 characters that Twitter allows, and beyond liking someone's status on Facebook. Relationships that are worthwhile, including relationships with God, take a bit of effort and time, but when we are able to give it, the gift is priceless.
Nancy's turn: We have been talking here about life that truly is life. Authentic relationships are at the top of the list. So, in the next few days before I get home, be real with each other, appreciate each other, eat chocolate.
We both love you.
Nancy and Crystal